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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.

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 Achievementfrom ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Brentwood open learning college has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. 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 demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood open learning college to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer 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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Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
260 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

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  • 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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