Child Psychology – Level 3 Course

£ 181.28

Child psychology courses from Distance Learning Centre, the number one choice to study for a diploma in child psychology.

Course Description

The Child Psychology – Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of Child Psychology and the development of children.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the home study course students will develop:

  • An awareness of psychological approaches to the understanding of child development.
  • A recognition of the application of developmental psychology to certain aspects of child care and education.
  • An awareness of different methodological approaches to psychological investigation.
  • A range of skills in using psychological methods.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an endorsed Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

The Child Psychology – Level 3 Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: Infant reflexes; and Social development during the first year of life including the social smile and onset of fear of strangers.
The following topics are covered: Imprinting; Attachment (Bowlby) including cross-cultural studies; Harlow and surrogate mothers; and Relevance of animal studies in child development.
The following topics are covered: Maternal deprivation; Implications of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation when placing children with surrogates.
The following topics are covered: Group vs. family care and studies of effects of maternal employment and father absent families; and Importance of peers and siblings.
The following topics are covered: 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; and Design of investigations.
The following topics are covered: 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; and animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.
The following topics are covered: 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; and Innate and reinforcement theories.
The following topics are covered: Definitions of intelligence; mental age and IQ; Tests of intelligence; and Advantages and disadvantages of IQ testing.
The following topics are covered: Twins studies; stability of IQ; and Are early experiences decisive for later development?
The following topics are covered: Tables and histograms, correlation and scattergrams; Mean; Range; and Drawing conclusions from data.
The following topics are covered: Piaget’s theory of cognitive development; including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.
The following topics are covered: Learning and conditioning – classical conditioning and operant conditioning; including explanations of extinction, discrimination and generalisation; positive and negative reinforcement; and Social Learning Theory and criticisms.
The following topics are covered: Personality structure; and 5 stage theory, criticisms.
The following topics are covered: Definition in psychological terms; and Investigation of moral behaviour, moral feelings and moral judgement.
The following topics are covered: Sex-typing; Gender identity; and Biological, social and cultural theories.
The following topics are covered: Biological basis of aggression; Psychological theory and aggression; Aggression as a learned response; Imitation of aggression; viewing violence; Punishment for aggression; and Sex differences in aggression.
The following topics are covered: Observational, Survey, Correlational, Experimental – advantages and disadvantages.
The following topics are covered: 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; and Play therapy.
The following topics are covered: Programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory – advantages and disadvantages; and Discovery learning and its effectiveness.
The following topics are covered: Explanation and examples; Relationship to learning theory; and Points systems, Advantages and disadvantages.


There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

About ABC Awards & Certa Awards Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from 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 Kendal Publishing 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 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards 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.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)