Applied Psychology

The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain; an unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric currents.

But why is it that some people suffer from stress or mental illness? Or others are considered abnormal for deviating from social norms? Psychology looks at questions like these and more.

We will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem-solving and more, which will prepare you for an exciting future.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
2 x Grade 4 in GCSE Science OR 4-4 in GCSE Combined Science

What will I study?

  • Psychological approaches and applications 
  • Conducting psychological research 
  • Health psychology
  • An introduction to Psychopathology

How will I be assessed?

There are two pieces of extended coursework: Conducting Psychological Research (report and research project) and An Introduction to Psychopathology (report and criminal profile).

Coursework cannot be revisited and improved once the unit has been externally moderated.

There are two written exams; Paper 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications (1.5 hours) and Paper 2: Health Psychology (2 hours).

Further Education and Careers in Psychology

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Careers which require a Psychology qualification include:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • High Intensity Therapist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist

Preparation Work

You need to complete these tasks over Summer to prepare you for your studies.