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Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. This course aims to investigate ways in which psychologists explore human interactions, so you can gain an insight into how and why some behaviours occur.

The qualification covers key areas of psychological theory and concepts, combined with the opportunity to design and carry out small scale research project.  Its applied element also looks at the everyday use and application of psychological theory, exploring current issues, such as gender identity, aggression in society and advertising.


Assessment is part internal assessment and part external assessed exam – 50/50

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language, Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths and Grade 5 in GCSE Science. An average GCSE score of 5.2 or higher.


Unit One:Psychological Approaches and Applications

  • Key assumptions and concepts for Cognitive, Social, Learning and Biological approaches in psychology.
  • Application of psychological assumptions to explain contemporary issues of aggression in society. The use of psychology in business to explain and influence consumer/employee behaviour. Application of psychology to explain gender identity.

Unit Two:Conducting Psychological Research

  • Understand research methods and their importance in psychological inquiry
  • Plan research to investigate psychological questions
  • Carry out a pilot study to explore current issues in psychology
  • Review implications of research into psychological inquiry.


Higher Education - Bachelor's Degree in Psychology or Criminology

Education, Healthcare sector, research in any applied area of Science.

Inspirational/Useful Links

The Psychologist -

Course Information


BTEC Level 3

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