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HNC Applied Psychology

This unique course allows you to learn about behaviour and its origins from both practical and theoretical perspectives.

why choose this course

An understanding of psychology and human behaviour is an asset to any profession, as most jobs involve interaction with other people. Designed to equip students with a broad range of skills and experiences that may lead into teaching, health, social care or business, the course will help to develop subject-specific and employment-related skills.

Exploring the historical, methodological and theoretical bases of the discipline, students will develop an understanding of psychology in an applied content. Encouraged to work more independently and cooperatively within small groups, lab reports, essays, presentations, posters and applied reports will be produced with a focus on chosen specialist areas.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
Level 4
Penwith College
1 year
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
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top course highlights

small classes

excellent support

field trips

practical work

understand people

diverse outcomes

This course will give you an understanding of the psychology of human behaviour and is an asset to any profession involving an interaction with other people.

range of skills and experiences

The course will equip you with a broad range of skills and experiences that will not only help you to understand other people but give you an insight into your own life and motivations.

real world context

It will enable you to understand the role of psychology in a real world applied context giving you the skills necessary to gain meaningful employment.

what will i learn?


  • Research Methods
  • The Great Debate
  • Biological Psychology
  • Information Processing
  • Relationships
  • Personal and Professional Development





Practical Work

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where will it take me?

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to apply psychological theory to practical situations and understand ethical issues in psychological research and therapy.  This can lead into professions such as

  • Teacher
  • Counsellor
  • Mental Health Support Assistant
  • Children & Family Support Services Worker
  • Health Promotion supervisor

Progression from HNC to HND Applied Psychology at Truro College or Penwith College Top-up options

  • BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies (top-up) at Truro College and at Penwith College
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of Plymouth (Level 5 for British Psychological Society accreditation)
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entry requirements

48 UCAS points including a minimum equivalency of one A Level, in addition to GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above

additional information

DURATION:  1 year

LOCATION: Truro College or Penwith College

AWARDING BODY: University of Plymouth

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