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Certificate in Child Psychology (Level 3)

Course Overview

Study Child Psychology Online

Study Child Psychology Online, to explore various methods, concepts and theories used by renowned psychologists to develop real understanding of the world of children. Child Psychology Course Online,offers an interesting and insightful introduction to a uniquely critical subject area and discipline. To understand childhood psychology is to be equipped with the knowledge and confidence required to assist in a wide variety of areas associated with childhood development. Along with assisting parents in areas such as improving communication with their children and enforcing discipline, child psychologists play a key role in helping children come to terms with traumatic events and difficult situations. 

Course content is divided in seven easy-to-follow units, beginning with a broad introduction to child psychology as a concept. Candidates are guided through the basics of child development and evolutionary theory, before being introduced to attachment and various styles of parenting. The course investigates character and personality development in children, along with a variety of influential factors and triggers. Speech and language development is also comprehensively covered, with the final unit rounding off with an introduction to moral development and additional child development theories.

Successful candidates may gain access to a range of inspiring and rewarding career options, including child-minding services, care worker, teaching assistant posts and essentially any other role working closely with children. 

Course Syllabus

Child Psychology Course Online,consists of the following seven units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Child Psychology

The first unit begins with a broad introduction to child psychology as a concept, incorporating the various areas/stages of child development and the importance of ongoing study. Candidates begin building an understanding of why child psychology is a crucially important subject area.

Unit 2 – The Formation of Attachments

In the second unit, course content moves onto the specifics of attachment based primarily around Bowlby's Attachment Theory. The unit introduces the concept of attachment, the formation of attachments and crucial evolutionary theory.

Unit 3 – Consequences of Attachment Breakdowns

The main focus of the third unit is the potential consequences in the event of attachment breakdowns, touching upon the cognitive development of children and how general development may be impacted. A series of parenting styles are also introduced.

Unit 4 – Personality Development

The fourth unit moves on to the development of personality and character during childhood. Course content covers the various types of children, how children begin to build a sense of self and the fundamentals of the theory of Erikson.

Unit 5 – Social Development

Socialisation and social development form the core focus of the fifth unit, which incorporates an introduction to childhood fears and how family factors can influence socialisation. Candidates also investigate a series of general age guidelines for gauging development.

Unit 6 – Development of Language

Speech and language development theory is introduced in this unit, incorporating essential teachings on linguistic processes, lexical development, communication evolution and the importance of strong speech and language skills. Further age guidelines are also introduced.

Unit 7 – Moral Development

In the seventh and final unit, course content moves on to the development of morals in children and the various stages of moral growth. Critical child development theory is introduced, including Freud's Theory of Psychosexual Development.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


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 3 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

Your new credentials will help you progress toward a life-long career working with children and families in a variety of settings. You may choose to pursue a role in child psychology, childcare, child therapy or counselling, with typical salaries ranging from £20,000 to more than £40,000 with sufficient experience. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Candidates interested in working toward a career in child psychology
  • Carers, guardians, healthcare providers, teachers and mentors
  • Anyone working directly with children in any capacity
  • Parents interested in improving their understanding of child behaviour

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Diploma in Child Psychology (Level 4)

Certificate in Conflict Resolution (Level 2)

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • An in-depth introduction to the psychology of children
  • Learn about attachment theory and evolution
  • Study personality development and socialisation
  • Explore the development of morals and values
  • Work towards an incredible new career 

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