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Level 3

Level 3 Certificate in Applied Psychology


This course will give you an introduction to the psychology sector through applied learning: you will learn about theories of psychology, what makes us think and behave the way we do, and how we can research this.The course is one year for the Certificate (equivalent to half an A-level), two years for the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level). The full qualification is equivalent to a full A-level with the same UCAS points attached.

  • Fully regulated by OFQUAL.
  • Suitable to study alongside other A-level subjects.*

Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications: Learners will explore four key approaches in psychology -; social, cognitive learning and biological -; and apply these approaches to issues relevant to contemporary society including aggression, business and gender identity. The unit is externally assessed through a 1.5 hour exam. Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research, Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the scientific process and in psychological research methodology through their own psychological research project. This unit is internally assessed through a written report.

*NB Cannot be taken alongside A-level Psychology


You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4 or A* – C including a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language.

In order to succeed on this course, students will need:

  • Good reading and writing skills
  • Confidence in Maths and dealing with data
  • An interest in finding out about people: do you like ‘people-watching’;? If you do, you’;d like Psychology.
  • An interest in life and people, an enthusiastic attitude to study and learning, and a willingness to work hard.

You will need to develop the ability to:

  • Ask questions, evaluate and criticise theories and studies
  • Be organised and meet deadlines
  • Seek and act on feedback
  • Listen carefully to the views of others

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

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Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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