Applied Psychology



Qualification Type


Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English Language, 4 Maths, 4 in Science.


42% internally controlled assessment, 58% external examinations, two assessed internally and two externally.

Psychology is a fascinating area of study. It will help you understand human behaviour and mental processes and allow you to better understand how we think act and feel. Why do we form the attachments that we do? Should we trust our own memories of events? Who has the power to influence others and are we able to resist them? Are mental illnesses the result of our biology or do we learn them from our environment?

Psychology has influenced all areas of human thought over the past 150 years and is an ever-expanding field that gives you the opportunity to make sense of the world around you and to view the behaviours of others in a whole new light!

Course Overview

Three compulsory units:

1. Psychological approaches and applications – explore four key approaches in psychology – social, cognitive, learning and biological – and apply these approaches to issues relevant to contemporary society.

2. Conducting psychological research – develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the scientific process and in psychological research methodology through your own psychological research project.

3. Health psychology – understand the link between stress and psychological attitude/behaviours and health and illness.


One of the following options:

1. Criminal and forensic psychology – explore psychological approaches to criminal behaviour and learn how offender profiles are created using different techniques.

2. Promoting children’s psychological development – understand how early experiences in childhood can influence and account for individual differences in aspects of a child’s development.

3. Introduction to psychopathology – understand the types and characteristics of mental disorders and approaches to treatment, and the role of professionals in supporting and promoting mental health.

4. Applied sport psychology – learn key psychological principles relating to motivation, self-confidence, arousal and anxiety, and to understand how these theories can be applied.


BSc Psychology, BSc Criminology, BSc Forensics, LLB Law, BSc Sociology


Police officer, Forensic analyst, Psychologist, Lawyer, Counsellor, Teacher, Sports coach