Applied Psychology

What does the course involve?

How people behave and learn from parents, peers and colleagues; how people are influenced by brain structures; what happens in the brain and why it happens. If you thrive in an engaging and hands-on style of learning, the Applied Psychology BTEC National Certificate is an ideal stepping stone to further study or entry-level employment in Psychology and Psychology-related fields.

Course Outline

You’ll cover the key approaches to Psychology – cognitive, social, learning and biological. A practical focus on the application of Psychology gives you an insight into areas such as the nature-nurture debate, why people are aggressive, consumer behaviour – how and why people buy products, and gender identity – why do people behave in a certain way and what chemical differences could there be.

You’ll also look at topics which are highly relevant to today’s society in terms of mental health, such as stress and addiction and different treatments. Your own research project will take you through the same processes as a Psychologist. Our optional unit is Forensic Psychology, which many universities offer as a module and one which links to the foundations of Psychology.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4, including Maths and English.


You could progress to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship. Example career options include clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, sport and exercise psychologist as well as mental health worker, human resources officer, and many more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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