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Diploma in Child Psychology (Level 4)

Course Overview

Diploma in Child Psychology Distance Learning

Child psychology is not only an extraordinarily interesting subject, but holds the key to assisting and nurturing the strong and healthy development of children.  Though largely associated with problematic behaviours and harmful childhood habits, child psychology also incorporates the study of personality and character development, moral development in children and the various challenges associated with all stages of childhood, right through to adolescence. 

Diploma in Child Psychology ( Distance Learning )

With the relevant skills, knowledge, essential insights and personal attitudes, child psychology presents an extraordinary array of rewarding life-long career opportunities. This Diploma in Child Psychology - distance learning has been created for those who wish to begin a new career in one of the world’s most important and dynamic industry sectors, or perhaps take an existing post to the next important level.  No specific educational background or practical experience is required, though candidates must have the drive, determination and self-discipline to succeed in what has always been a demanding, high-pressure industry of huge responsibility.

Throughout the course Diploma in Child Psychology , candidates are gradually guided through the basics of child psychology including the various stages of development, important attachment theory, social development, moral development and the general development of personality/character.  Course content also introduces a variety of common problems and challenges throughout early childhood, later childhood and right through into adolescence.

Successful candidates will find an incredible array of new career paths to explore, along with the opportunity for further education at even higher levels.

Child Psychology Course Online : Key Benefits

  • Accredited Course
  • Full Tutor Support
  • Self paced, no fixed schedules
  • Available to students anywhere in the world
  • Interest Free Fee Instalments
Course Syllabus

This Child Psychology Online Course consists of the following units:

Unit 1 - Introduction to Child Psychology

The opening course unit provides candidates with a broad overview of child psychology in general, exploring what exactly child psychology is, the various stages of development, the differences between child growth and development and various associated theoretical teachings.

Unit 2 - The Formation of Attachments (1)

Attachment formation forms the core focus of the following two units, with an initial introduction to attachment and an investigation of Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. Candidates also explore the maternal deprivation hypothesis, along with all crucial core elements of evolutional theory.

Unit 3 - The Formation of Attachments (2)

Attachment continues into the third unit, which focuses more intensively on a variety of theories and hypotheses including Harlow’s Studies of Monkeys and Attachments, Spitz’ Studies of Children in Institutions and a series of internal working models.

Unit 4 - Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments

Attachment breakdown follows in Unit 4, in which candidates explore a series of important series with regards to the effects and consequences of attachment breakdowns. Subtopics covered include child bereavement, how foster care affects a child’s development and a variety of childhood adjustment factors.

Unit 5 - Influences on Development

The fifth unit centres on the theme of the various influences that can impact the development of children. The unit breaks the subject down into social and cognitive development, discussing how and why a variety of influences and pressures can affect a child’s developmental progress.

Unit 6 - Social and Emotional Development

Course content in the following unit focuses on social and emotional development, breaking social development down to its most important core stages, outlining what exactly socialization refers to and introducing a series of external factors that are known to influence and affect social and emotional development.

Unit 7 - Personality Development

In Unit 7, candidates are introduced to a variety of the theoretical teachings in respect to personality development in children. Course content covers character development, personality manifestation and the way in which a variety of environmental factors/variables can influence character and personality development.

Unit 8 - Language Development

Speech and language development form the core focus of Unit 8, which introduces candidates to both childhood communication evolution and general lexical development theory. Content also covers a variety of common communication and learning difficulties, along with their respective causes, effects and potential remedies.

Unit 9 - Moral Development

The development of morals in children enters the discussion in Unit 9, incorporating an investigation of the key moral growth stages of children, how moral reasoning develops from pre-school to adulthood and an exploration of Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development.

Unit 10 - Problems in Infancy

A variety of common problems associated with infancy form the central them of Unit 10, including an introduction to sleepwalking, night terrors and the respective protective and preventative measures/approaches thereof. A professional approach to the treatment of nightmares and night-time fears is also outlined.

Unit 11 - Problems in Childhood

The eleventh unit continues along the same lines with an overview of several challenges and problems common throughout childhood. Candidates are introduced to a number of key concepts and theories, including conduct disorder, social information-processing theory and addressing excessive aggression toward both other people and animals.

Unit 12 - Problems in Adolescence

In the final course unit, problems more likely to manifest during adolescence are introduced and explored including drug abuse, bulimia nervosa, anorexia and the various causes/triggers/effects of each respectively. The concept and relevance of therapy in adolescence is also outlined and explored. 

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Installments: £560 (interest FREE Installments)

Deposit: £104

No of Installments: 12

Each Installment: £38

Pay in Full: (£100 Discount) £460


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 Brentwood Open Learning College 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 Brentwood Open Learning College 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.

What is ABC Awards?

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.

Career Path

Anyone interested in working as a qualified child psychologist will find this recognised qualification of immense value. Potential posts to pursue include behavioural therapist, counsellor, paediatric therapist, adolescent counsellor, school therapist and many more besides, with typical salaries ranging from £20,000 to £50,000 for experienced professionals. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Anyone currently working directly with children
  • Candidates with an interest in becoming child psychologists
  • Teachers, healthcare workers, childcare providers, nurses
  • Parents interested in improving their understanding of child psychology
  • Candidates looking to boost their career prospects with a recognised qualification

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Certificate in Child Psychology (Level 3)

Anger Management (Level 2)

Stress Management (Level 2)

Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
260 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

Start Date

  • Our most advanced and in-depth child psychology course
  • Study socialisation and emotions
  • Explore attachment formations and breakdowns
  • Learn about language and personality development
  • Study common problems throughout a child’s development 

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