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Course overview

This course is designed to be studied alongside 2 A Levels.

On this engaging course, you'll develop a knowledge and understanding of key approaches and theories in psychology in order to apply them to various issues relevant to contemporary society. You will learn about the types and characteristics of health problems (such as addiction and stress), approaches to treatment, and the role of professionals in supporting and promoting health. In addition you'll explore the scientific process in psychological research methodology through conducting your own psychological research project.

Studying Psychology provides an excellent subject qualification for many careers and you will be able to use it to progess to Higher Education. Universities recognise the research skills and the understanding of human behaviour that a Psychology qualification brings. Psychology forms a large part of a number of degree courses including nursing and healthcare, social work, teaching, criminal justice, sports science and business studies.

What else do I need to know?

This course includes a wide variety of learning experiences, such as lectures, one to one tutorials, group work, discussions/debates, practical sessions, DVDs and personal research when preparing for assessment.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in several educational visits such as a trip to New York, including a visit to the United Nations, a visit to London, including a trip to the Freud Museum, and a trip to Alton Towers to conduct some psychological research.

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

How is it assessed?

Progression to year two of study will be dependent on successful completion of Unit 1 and Unit 2 in year 1.
Assessment of the BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology is 40% internally assessed and 60% externally assessed via examination.

Year 1
Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications (externally assessed via examination)
In this unit learners will explore the four key approaches in Psychology - social, cognitive, learning and biological and will learn to apply these approaches to issues relevant to contemporary society. Learners will be asked to apply their understanding of psychological research and concepts in explaining gender identity, aggression and consumer behaviour.
Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research (Internally assessed)
Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the scientific process and in psychological research methodology through their own project. This element of the qualification in particular would give learners a distinct advantage if they intend to study social science in Higher Education.

Year 2
Unit 3: Health Psychology (externally assessed via examination)
How is stress linked to illness? Why do people become addicted to behaviours or substances? Which factors influence whether people engage in healthy or unhealthy behaviours? These are the questions addressed by Health Psychologists, who are interested in how psychological and physiological factors affect health and ill-health. In this unit you will explore psychological concepts and research into stress and addiction. This unit explores the motivation behind healthy and unhealthy behaviours and the factors that might persuade individuals to finally change a behaviour or to follow the advice given by medical professionals.
Unit 4: Criminal & Forensic Psychology
In this unit you will examine the different explanations for offending & ways of preventing reoffending. You will complete a psychological report on different punishment & behaviour modification strategies.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

When you have gained your BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology you can use it alongside other qualifications to progress into Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in Psychology both locally and further afield. Both Staffordshire and Keele University offer a variety of Psychology degree courses. The BTEC Certificate can also be combined with many other subjects, for example, Criminology and Health. Employment opportunities for Psychology graduates are wide ranging, including teaching, social work, counselling, employment within the National Health Service and many more.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Lisa Alcock, Subject Leader by emailing lisa.alcock@nscg.ac.uk

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