Accredited Course

Child Psychology Level 3

Study House Ltd

Rs 22,135
VAT incl.
*Guide price
Original amount in GBP:
£ 250

Important information

Typology Course
Methodology Distance learning
Class hours 120h
Duration 1 Year
Start Different dates available
Delivery of study materials Yes
Support service Yes
Personal tutor Yes
  • Course
  • Distance learning
  • 120h
  • Duration:
    1 Year
  • Start:
    Different dates available
  • Delivery of study materials
  • Support service
  • Personal tutor

This psychology course focuses on child psychology. This course is designed for individuals who want to become knowledgeable in child psychology and child development, no previous knowledge or experience is required. Participants of this course will learn the basics of childhood psychology. Learn a range of methodological approaches to psychological investigations. Develop a variety of skills for using psychological methods. Become aware of the psychological approaches for understanding the development of children. Understand the effects of psychology on certain areas of a child’s development. After completing this course participants will have a strong understanding of child psychology and the effects it has development.

Important information

Requirements: No Prior Knowledge or qualifications are required.

Accredited or approved course provider: Child Psychology Level 3 award from NCFE - ABC Awards


Where and when

Starts Location
Different dates available
Distance Learning
Starts Different dates available
Distance Learning

What you'll learn on the course

Child Development
Child Psychology
IT Development
Visual perception
Language and Communication
Intelligence Testing
Formation of Attachements
Home Family and School
Basic Principles of Research Methods

Course programme

Child Psychology

Course Outline 
Module One                    Major Developmental Issues

Unit One                         The First Year of Life

Infant reflexes; Social development during the first year of life including the social smile and onset of fear of strangers.

Unit Two                         The Formation of Attachments

Imprinting; Attachment (Bowlby) including cross-cultural studies; Harlow and surrogate mothers; Relevance of animal studies in child development.

Unit Three                      Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments

Maternal deprivation; Implications of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation when placing children with surrogates.

Unit Four                        The Home, Family and School
Group vs family care and studies of effects of maternal employment and father absent families; Importance of peers and siblings

Unit Five                         Basic Principles of Research Methods
Nature and purpose of research, what is an experiment, supporting and refuting hypotheses, independent and dependent variables, control of variables, standardised instructions and procedures, methods of sampling, design of investigations.

Unit Six                          The Development of Visual Perception
                                      Introduction to the nature/nurture debate on visual perception; Fantz – form perception; Gibson and Walk – depth perception; how the physiology of the human visual system helps us judge depth and distance; Bower – size constancy; animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.
Tutor-marked Assignment A

Unit Seven                   The Development of Language and Communication

Development of non-verbal communication in humans, gestures etc; comparisons with non-human primates; outline of language development in humans; including naturalistic observational in humans; including naturalistic observational studies and criticisms of these; Innate and reinforcement theories

Unit Eight                       Intelligence and Intelligence Testing
Definitions of intelligence; mental age and IQ; Tests of intelligence; Advantages and disadvantages of IQ testing.

Unit Nine                 The Nature/Nurture Debate in the Study of Intelligence
Twins studies; stability of IQ; Are early experiences decisive for later development

Unit Ten                         Data Collection and Interpretation
Tables and histograms, correlation and scattergrams; Mean; Range; Drawing conclusions from data.

Module Two                   The Child as an Individual 

Unit Eleven                     How Children Think
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development; including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.
Tutor-marked Assignment B

Unit Twelve                     Learning Theory – How Behaviour is Acquired
Learning and conditioning – classical conditioning and operant conditioning; including explanations of extinction, discrimination and generalisation; positive and negative reinforcement; Social Learning Theory and criticisms.

Unit Thirteen         Freud’s Psychodynamic Theory – An Alternative Approach
 Personality structure, 5 stage theory, criticisms.

Unit Fourteen                  Moral Development
Definition in psychological terms; investigation of moral behaviour, moral feelings and moral judgement.

Unit Fifteen                    The Development of Gender Roles

Sex-typing; Gender identity; Biological, social and cultural theories.

Unit Sixteen                    Aggression in Children 

Biological basis of aggression; Psychological theory and aggression; Aggression as a learned response;
Imitation of aggression; viewing violence; Punishment for aggression; sex differences in aggression.

Unit Seventeen                Methods Used in Child Development Research
Observational, Survey, Correlational, Experimental – advantages and disadvantages.
Tutor-marked Assignment C

Unit Eighteen                  Play
The importance of play to learning; Piaget’s theory of play; forms of play; Relevance of psychological theories to pre-school education; Play and learning in nursery schools; Play therapy.

Unit Nineteen                  Learning in School

Programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory – advantages and disadvantages; Discovery learning and its effectiveness.

Unit Twenty                    Behaviour Modification
Explanation and examples; Relationship to learning theory; Points systems, Advantages and disadvantages.



This course is assessed by a series of assignments submitted to your tutor. No exam is required.