BTEC Psychology Entry Requirements

You will need: GCSE grade 4 in Mathematics, grade 4 in English Language and a grade 4 in Science.


Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. During this course you will develop transferable skills that are valued by employers & universities such as independent learning, self-reflection, critical thinking, team working, analytical and presentation skills. You will also learn how Psychology is used to explain aggressive behaviours and gender differences.

What you will study

  • Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications
  • Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research
  • Unit 3: Health Psychology
  • Unit 4: Optional Module – An introduction to Psychopathology


  • Two external examinations – 60%
  • Two pieces of Coursework – 40%
  • Unit 1 and Unit 3 are externally assessed with each exam taking place in the January of the first and second year of the course.

Course Support

  • Warm, supportive classroom environment
  • 1:1 catch ups
  • Coursework drop-in clinics
  • Revision tutorials

Enrichment Activities

  • Workshops and lectures from guest speakers & practitioners
  • Trips and visits


This Level 3 (A Level equivalent) course leads to a range of degree programmes including Psychology related degrees such as Education, Nursing, Counselling, and Sports Coaching. You can also progress to employment or an apprenticeship in a range of health, educational and social care sectors

Career Opportunities

Some examples include Neuropsychologist, Advertising Executive, Human Resources Officer, Finance Officer, Retail Assistant, Clinical Technician, Forensic Scientist

Further Information

BTEC Psychology Course leaflet

Exam Board Course Specification