Have you ever wondered why the happy nine-month-old baby who always used to greet you with smiles and laughs has suddenly started crying as soon as you approach?
Have you ever found out why you are afraid of spiders, and what you can do to cure yourself?
Have you ever despaired of the fact that there is so much prejudice and discrimination in the world and wondered what can be done about it?
Have you ever watched in horror as a six-year-old watches the latest blood-thirsty "cops and robbers" programme on the television and then immediately starts thumping and shooting everybody, and wondered just what effects such violent television programmes might have on a child?
Have you ever watched a week-old baby apparently studying intently the people and objects around them and wondered what on earth they make of their new world and just what thoughts, if any, might be going through their mind?
If you have answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, then you'll find this course a source of constant fascination as we examine a wide range of psychological topics and answer all of these questions.
There are no previous skills or qualifications required to register for this study programme.
All students will be assigned a personal tutor with whom they may correspond with via telephone or email. Details will be in your course study pack.
All students have one year to complete this course from date of registration. Average study of 140 hours.
Module One: Perspectives in Psychology
This is your introduction to the subject of psychology. It gives you a taste of the different approaches, some of which will be covered in more detail in later modules.
* Unit 1 What is Psychology?
* Unit 2 The Biological Approach
* Unit 3 Behaviourist and Cognitive Approaches
* Unit 4 Person-centred Approaches
* Unit 5 Methods and Debate in Psychology
Module Two: Social Psychology
This is the first major approach we will cover in detail. We are considering the ways in which we look at the behaviour of others, and ourselves. There are five topics to cover in this module.
* Unit 6 Attitudes
* Unit 7 Social Influence
* Unit 8 Obedience
* Unit 9 Social Cognition
* Unit 10 Applied Social Psychology
Module Three: Cognitive Psychology & its Applications
This is the third module of the course, and we will be looking at the way in which humans process information.
* Unit 11 Perception
* Unit 12 Attention
* Unit 13 Remembering
* Unit 14 Forgetting
* Unit 15 Language
* Unit 16 Thinking
* Unit 17 Problem-Solving and Artificial Intelligence
Module Four: Child Development
Here we will be looking at human development throughout the life span. There are five areas to be covered in this part of the course.
* Unit 18 Issues in Child Development
* Unit 19 Cognitive Development
* Unit 20 The Development of Language and Communication
* Unit 21 Social Perception
* Unit 22 Moral Development
Module Five: The Psychology of A Typical Behaviour
This module covers four main areas.
* Unit 23 The Definition and Diagnosis of A Typical Behaviour
* Unit 24 Treatments of A Typical Behaviour
* Unit 25 Emotional Disorders
Module Six: Research Methods
Research methods are required throughout the course, particularly in your project work. This section may be tackled at any point in your studies and should be used for reference purposes throughout.
* Unit 26 Research Methods
* Unit 27 Research Issues
* Unit 28 Data Analysis
This course is completed using continual assessment, allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress every step of the way. Therefore no examination is required.
No examination is necessary
On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Psychology - Advanced Diploma
Psychology - Advanced Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Psychology - Advanced Certificate of Achievement
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
Who are ABC
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.