BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Exam Board:


2 years

1 A Level

Course Content:

  • Unit 1 Psychological Approaches and Applications
  • Unit 2 Conducting Psychological Research
  • Unit 3 Health Psychology
  • Unit 7 Applied Sport Psychology


42% coursework and 58% exam based. Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Psychology, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points.  

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC National Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC National Extended Certificate.

Studying at Alton College:

Units 1 and 3 are assessed by examination.  Units 2 and 7 are assessed by completing assignments. The assignments combine individual research and taught theory and are based on realistic situations.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. 

You should have achieved a grade 4 or 4/4 in science GCSE. 

Course costs:

Trips £25

Applied Psychology works well with:

  • Applied Science
  • Criminology
  • Sport
  • Sociology

This course could lead to careers in:

Sports Psychology (see our partnership with the Chelsea Football Club Foundation), Occupational Health, Child Psychology