Applied Psychology BTEC Diploma
What will I learn?
You will study 4 different approaches in Psychology and apply them to real life issues linked to gender, aggression and business – this will then be examined in June of next year. These approaches are: cognitive – the study of information processing; biological – the study of how genes, chemicals and brain structure affects behavior; learning approach – classical and operant conditioning alongside social learning theory and finally the social approach – how we are influenced by what others do.
You will also learn about research methods and will develop the skills of a researcher, including how to gather data using methods available to psychologists, how to analyse the data and how to ensure that it is all done scientifically. This unit is internally assessed and will consist of a series of assignments designed to let you show your knowledge of the research process.
There will also be an examined unit on the topic of health psychology. You will look at stress and other factors that affect our health, you will research the work of psychologists in tackling issues relating to the health of the population.
Additionally you will complete an internally assessed unit on forensic or clinical psychology where you will learn about the work of criminal psychologists and work with patients suffering mental health issues.
GCSE points average of 4.7 or above
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
One unseen exam paper on Unit 1 in the first year and one on Unit 3 in the second year. One internally assessed unit in the first year and a second the following year.
Additional Learning Opportunities
As this is applied Psychology, we hope to be able to offer you a range of activities, from visiting universities to having visiting speakers tell you about their work.
Who is this course aimed at?
- Students completing their BTEC Nationals in Applied Psychology will be aiming to go on to employment, often via the stepping stone of higher education
- Students interested in developing their practical and technical skills in a hands-on way
- Able to do exams, but like being able to back this up with coursework
- Willing to work hard in and out of lessons to develop skills compatible with the course
- Enjoys Science and basic Maths