Diploma in Psychology


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Diploma in Psychology

 Why Oxford Learning College


This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Psychology is designed for those people who have an interest in Psychology and would like to increase their knowledge or gain knowledge in this important and growing subject area.

This online psychology course delivers a wide syllabus of topics to provide the student with an introduction to the diversity of the subject area. Psychology is about understanding human behaviour and this Course will provide useful background for those students wishing to pursue further study or who are considering a career in the Caring and Social Work Professions.

Module 1 - Carl Gustav Jung

In this Module students will be examine the personal and professional life of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung was responsible for the development of Analytic Psychology and the reasons why the inevitable and painful split from Freud occurred will be explored. The impact this had on the lives of the two men will be examined. The development of Jung's work after the split will also be explained and students will be given insight into the development of the psyche, Jungian archetypes, symbols and cultural influences. Jung is considered something of a 'guru' in the present day and his lasting influence upon mid life and the development of Analytic Psychology will be presented and students are encouraged to use this module to examine issues such as mid life crisis and whole life development.

Module 2 - The Psychoanalytic Approach

This module will introduce students to the life and times of Sigmund Freud and the Psychoanalytic paradigm that he founded. The course will look at the role and function of the defence mechanisms, the importance of dreams and also examine childhood development and the part this plays in adulthood. The breadth and scope of the work of Freud will be explored and the impact this has had upon the development of other disciplines examined.

Module 3 - B.F. Skinner and Behaviourism

In this module the work of B.F. Skinner and J. B. Watson will be presented through a presentation of the principles of Behaviourism. Students will examine the development of Behaviourism and both classical and operant learning will be explored and students will be encouraged to apply their learning to events within their own life.

Module 4 - Carl Rogers and Humanistic Psychology

In this Chapter the work of the Humanistic movement in Psychology will be examined. The Humanistic movement in Pyschology laid emphasis on 'wholeness', personal growth and integration of the psyche. The work of Humanistic Psychologists such as Abrahamn Maslow and Carl Rogers will be explored. Maslow's hiearchy of needs will be presented and students will be encouraged to explore issues such as individuation and self development.

The theme of whole life development will be continued through a study of the work of Erik Erikson. Erikson's work will be paralleled with that of Levinson who wrote about the 'seasons of life' and whose work focused entirely upon mid life and examined issues such as the importance of having a 'dream' and the influence of this upon the developing psyche.

Module 5 - The Cognitive Approach

In this Module students are introduced to Cognitive Psychology and the work of Albert Ellis. Students will be introduced to the two approaches used by Psychologists in this area namely cognitive behavioural therapy and rational emotive therapy and will examine the contribution made by the two approaches on applied areas of Psychology such as pain management, depression, eating disorder and drug taking.

In the second part of the module students will be introduced to issues such as how children learn and the role of learning in the development of intelligence. Vygotsky was a Soviet Psychologist who explored the role of learning within a social setting and the cognitive approach of Piaget will be contrasted with that of Vygotsky. Students are encouraged to look at the strengths and weaknesses of each of the approaches in terms of learning in the current day and assess the impact of the two theories in relation to their own classroom learning.

Module 6 - Cognitive Therapy

Students will be introduced to the idea of 'brief therapy' which is a cognitive tool designed to bring about changes in thinking patterns and this can be contrasted with the longer term Psychoanalytic, Analytic and Humanistic therapies introduced earlier in the course.

Module 7 - Social Constructionism and the Self

The development of self theory in Psychology will be introduced and also an explanation provided of how the self concept of children develops. The importance of sustaining a healthy self concept will be discussed and also problems with measuring the self. The idea of social constructionism will be introduced so that students have an understanding of the influence of society upon the idea of self.

Module 8 - Piaget and Vygotsky

Piaget and Vygotsky are key theorists in the field of child development and intelligence concepts. This module presents an overview of their life and work. This module also explores the work of both Piaget and Vygotsky and their opposing theoretical approaches. Piaget is noted for his theories of staged development and Vygotsky for his alternative view which focuses on cultural aspects of development and the relationship between higher mental functioning and interaction with others.

Modules 9 - Cognition and Therapy

This module continues to explore cognition and perceptual concepts. Discussion will centre on maladaptiveness related to thoughts and actions and much of the content is devoted to Brief Therapy and its application within psychology contexts.

Modules 10 - Social Constructivism

How we site ourselves within the world is central to perception of it. This module explores theoretical perspectives of social constructivism and pays particular attention to biological determinism, gender issues within social contexts, stereotyping and self-concept. Within the scope of the module there will be an opportunity for students to explore several theories and models and apply these to specific examples and contexts.


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 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

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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 brief, however it was really good. my tutor was very quick in supporting me.

Rating: 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
I would like to start by saying thank you for the material provided and the assignments given to test our understanding on Psychology. I have received very good feedback from Lona Lister regarding my assignments. The website is very comfortable to use. It is the very first time I am studying online and I do not know what is the comparison with other colleges or universities but I hope it is similar work related to other Psychological studies online. Regarding my exam, since it is the first time I do online studies, I did not expect the questions asked in the exam. I knew it might have been a little difficult but I expected the questions to be more related to the assignments or what is provided in the manual, so I was a little surprised. I have passed the Level 3 diploma in Psychology, but unfortunately not with the results I hoped for. Thank you for all the information provided. Regards Jennifer Muller

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

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