Level 3

Applied Psychology


33 weeks


Rush Green


Sep 2020


Adult 19+

This course is ideal for anyone interested in finding out more about psychology and human behaviour.

It provides a broad basis of study for the applied psychology sector.

The Certificate is the first-year of a two-year course where you will study the following.


There are two mandatory units:

Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications

Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research

Extended Certificate

If you progress to Year 2, you will study the following mandatory units:

Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications

Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research

Unit 3: Health Psychology

There is one Optional Unit:

Unit 4: Criminal and Forensic Psychology, OR

Unit 5: Promoting Children’s Psychological Development

There are internal and external assessments for which you will be graded. Grades are Distinction, Merit, Pass, Near Pass and Unclassified.

Units 1 and 3 are externally assessed through written exams.

Units 2, 4 and 5 are internally assessed through investigations, projects and assignments. For unit 2 you need to plan and carry out your own small scale psychological research project.

You will learn transferrable employability skills such as:

  • problem-solving and analysis
  • independent research
  • collaborative working
  • communicating
  • negotiating and influencing
  • presentation skills
  • creativity
  • writing for different purposes and audiences

You'll need a minimum of GCSE grade 4/C (or equivalent) in a Science subject.

You don't need to have studied Psychology before.

Careers in this area include Teaching, Educational Psychology, Early Years, Forensic Psychology, Occupational Health, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Social Work, Youth Work, Research, Human Resources and Recruitment Consultancy, Sports Psychology, Coaching, Public Relations and Advertising.

This qualification carries UCAS points, which vary according to the grade received, from 16 to 56 for Extended and 8 to 28 for a Certificate.

Progression to higher education qualifications might include:

  • BSc in Occupational Health
  • BSc in Education and Child Psychology
  • BSc in Forensic Psychology and Criminology
  • BA in Childhood Studies
  • BA in Social Work
Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.