Diploma in Organisational Psychology


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Diploma in Organisational Psychology

 Why Oxford Learning College 

This course is accredited by ACCPH at Level 3 and allows you join as a professional member after graduation.


Organisational psychology incorporates the field of psychology applied to organisations and the workplace. The world of work is an essential component to our day to day life, and being able to understand the relationship between ourselves and the workplace is very important; this is the role of organisational psychology.

Those who work in organisational psychology perform a wide range of tasks, including studying worker attitudes and behaviour, the evaluation companies, and the provision leadership training. The overall goal of this field is to study and understand human behaviour in the workplace.

The Course delivers a wide syllabus of topics to provide students with an introduction to this subject area. Each of the modules in this course aims to develop student awareness of the complexities and subtleties of the psychological aspects involved in the world of work. Students will develop insight into aspects of business psychology such as people-related aspects of management. These include motivation, leadership, working in teams, the future of work and methodological aspects and ethics of carrying out research in this area.

Students will gain knowledge and skills which are valued by potential employers and help to better understand the world of work whether currently working or considering a career or further study in this particular field. The course is made up of ten modules and concludes with a final online examination.


Module 1 - What is Organisational Psychology?


This module provides an introduction to the evolution of Organisational Psychology from the Ancient Greeks to the modern day. It also examines definitions of Organisational Psychology and explores the training and kinds of work undertaken by practitioners of the discipline. The module forms a basis for remaining modules that examine the physical and psychological aspects of the working environment.



Module 2 - Personality and Individual Differences


Psychology has been involved in the selection of personnel for many years. Various approaches of selecting personnel have been developed. Even in the time of the Ancient Greeks, it has been apparent that attempts have been made to sort people by their personality and general temperament, and in the modern day, this technique is also used in Business Psychology. Various psychometric measures have been used and several of these will be examined in this module. Conclusions are considered regarding their effectiveness in predicting job success. The module also considers alternative ways of examining job success nowadays.


Module 3 - Work motivation and satisfaction


This module focuses on theories of motivation. Motivation is a key aspect of behavioural psychology because it provides insight into why people choose to work, why certain people work harder than others and how employers can increase motivation in the workforce. In this module, several theories of motivation are examined, all of which aim to explain motivational behaviour in the workplace The complexity of explaining motivation - or indeed lack of motivation - is discussed, and assumptions are challenged.


Module 4 - Stress at work


It is well known that stress is a feature of modern life and the causes of stress are diverse. The sources of stress most commonly found in the workplace are explored, together with approaches to stress control and prevention. Stress is recognised globally as a condition that can affect all categories of workers, in all types of jobs living in all types of social environments. A certain level of stress can be motivating, as it helps people motivate themselves to complete a job well, but stress is also recognised as a major contributor to behaviour change, psychological dysfunction and serious health problems. Stress, therefore, can have a major impact both on people's lives and the lives of people around them. The module examines the impact of modern stressors that include job impermanency, short-term contracts and technological advances.


Module 5 - Organisations and conflict


It is acknowledged that staff members need to feel safe and valued. It may be challenging to accomplish positive working relationships; persistence has been shown to pay dividends in terms of staff morale and turnover. While competition is a necessary part of some jobs, there are situations where competition can lead to breakdowns in communication between individuals and within groups. The module examines ways in which managers can eliminate or reduce difficulties and increase co-operation in the workplace. In doing this, motivation and satisfaction of the workforce are enhanced.


Module 6 - Group behaviour


Most people work as part of teams. Theoretical approaches to understanding group behaviour are evaluated in this module. Relationships with others can be a source of pleasure - or a source of tension and conflict; this module examines group behaviour and also suggests useful strategies that managers may use to assist people in improving social interaction in workplace settings. Reported incidences of bullying and violence in the workplace are on the increase and Organisational Psychology addresses such issues. This module will examine strategies of how to reduce tension and conflict in the work place by providing guidelines to successful team working.


Module 7 – Leadership


This module reviews and evaluates major theories of leadership and summarises findings from relevant research. Since leadership involves the exercise of influence by one person over others, the quality of leadership exhibited by supervisors is a critical determinant of organisational success. The historical evolution of leadership research is explained so that students can be more familiar with past and present models of leadership. The particular qualities associated with successful leadership are examined.


Module 8 - Managing change in organisations


Over recent years, the world of work has changed beyond recognition because of wide-ranging social and economic challenges. This has meant that increasingly, organisations with stable markets in the past may be facing economic competition from new and different sources. This module examines the reasons why organisations must continue to change and adapt to meet future challenges if they are to survive and thrive. The impact of change on the workforce is explored and insight provided into resistance to change and the challenges for management when changes are considered.


Module 9 - Research methods and ethics


The rules of scientific research inform the definition and search for knowledge in the field of applied organisational behaviour. In this module, students gain a basic knowledge of research methodology in order that they can understand the importance of critical evaluation of both the research process and also the theories presented in the course. Additionally, students are introduced to ethical issues involved in carrying out research in the workplace setting. The differences between academic and applied research are explained.


Module 10 - Future of work


This module considers the future of work. Changes and challenges that face both employees and employers nowadays and in the future are examined. It is stressed that organisations operate within a changing economic, social and political framework. Working life now and in the future is very different from previous times, and ability to adapt as needs arise is key to success. Students also gain understanding of the impact of globalisation and insight into the importance of management and employee development in this context.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Organisational Psychology

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has 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 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 Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC 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 is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. 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 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 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.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 student reviews

I found the course to be very interesting and informative. The course gave me information to increase my understanding of how people behave in the workplace and how this is related to their work. The theories I studied helped me relate the knowledge to different situations and personalities. I enjoyed the freedom of study around other commitments and found it good value for money. I was suprised at some of the exam content as it didn't seem to have been covered in the course .

Rating: 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
It was a good course with an insight to all areas of organisational psychology. Material was well presented. I did enjoy it. On the not so plus side the fact that one couldnt print the material made it a bit hard to access without internet. Also for us who wear spects long moments on the computer causes migraines. Otherwise thank you.

Rating: 4 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]

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