Psychology (Applied)

Course Description

Whatever career you pursue, a background in psychology will enhance your employability. Studying psychology can help you understand yourself and other people by learning about aspects of human behaviour that help you in daily life. You will benefit from an understanding of human behaviour, be it: social interaction, language and communication, human motivation and emotion, or the process of decision-making. Psychology provides an excellent training in analytical thinking and scientific research methods that are applicable to a broad range of careers.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Features of the Course

Compulsory topics: Approaches in Psychology, Conducting Psychological Research, and Health Psychology. Additional topic: Psychopathology and Treatments. Psychology is an academic subject requiring a high standard of written communication and an ability to work independently on practical research projects. There are also biological and mathematical elements to the course.


Unit 1 Year 1 – External examination of short and extended questions
Unit 2 Year 1 – Internal assessments and projects.
Unit 3 Year 2 – External examination of short and extended questions
Unit 4 Year 2 – Internal assessments and projects

Exam Board: Pearson RQF

Enrichment and Work Experience

Visits have included trips to London, university days, guest speakers and conferences within the North West. These trips are an exciting way to see psychology in action and how to apply the theoretical knowledge learnt in the classroom. Depending on what areas students are passionate about, they could carry out work experience within schools, the NHS, research settings and youth centres. Students can also volunteer their services on the student council and/or the student mental health awareness group. There is an expectation students will complete a one-week work placement in the Summer term.

Additional Information

Students must be equipped with files, dividers, highlighters, calculators, paper and pens to ensure they create full sets of notes for their revision. Some find it helpful to buy a textbook for additional reading and suggestions for suitable books are on the reading list provided at the start of term.

Links With Other Subjects

Subjects which have close links to Applied Psychology include: Physical Education, Sport Science, Biology, Mathematics, Sociology and Health & Social Care.

Future Career Opportunities

Career options include: clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, sport and exercise psychologist, mental health worker and social services.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

The Psychology department is committed to facilitate your learning in an enthusiastic and supportive manner. We offer additional support and enrichment programmes as well as having many excellent e-learning resources to aid your progression through the two years of study.

For students who wish to progress in the field of psychology and or psychological research at university, The Sixth Form also offers the opportunity to take an additional qualification of Core Mathematics.

Psychology is regarded as a highly academic subject and is well respected by employers and universities alike. We have excellent links with prestigious universities and progression rates to higher education are high.