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ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY VPS010

Duration (approx) 1500 hours
Qualification Associate Diploma

Psychology Diploma by Online Learning

This flexible and intensive diploma qualification enables you to study psychology. You can

  • Study a wide range of topics in psychology, to learn more about different areas that may interest you.
  • Or focus on specialist areas of psychology, such as counselling, business, mental health and so on.

If you are -

  • Curious about people
  • Interested in learning how the brain works
  • Fascinated in why people behave the way they do
  • Inspired to understand the people you work with better
  • Looking to learn new ways of thinking

Then this course be the course for you.

The course requires the completion of 15 x 100 modules, so 1500 hours in total.  You can start the course at any time and work at your own pace.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY VPS010
 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY BPS104 S2
 COUNSELLING TECHNIQUES BPS206 S3
 INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY BPS103 S2
 INDUSTRY PROJECT BIP000 S1
 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY BPS101 S1
 PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELLING BPS102 S2
 RESEARCH PROJECT I BGN102 S3
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 0 of the following 42 modules.
 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY - BPS307 S3
 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY BPS211 S3
 AGED CARE AND COUNSELLING BPS212 S3
 ANGER MANAGEMENT - BPS111 S2
 ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR BAG203 S3
 ANXIETY MANAGEMENT BPS224 S2
 BIOPSYCHOLOGY I - BPS108 S2
 BIOPSYCHOLOGY II - BPS204 S3
 CAREERS COUNSELLING BPS202 S3
 CONFLICT MANAGEMENT BPS201 S2
 COUNSELLING CHILDREN BPS218 S2
 COUNSELLING SKILLS II BPS110 S3
 COUNSELLING SKILLS l BPS109 S3
 CREATIVE THERAPIES BPS219 S1
 CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGY BPS309 S3
 CRISIS COUNSELLING - BPS304 S3
 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - BPS210 S3
 DEVELOPMENTAL, LEARNING AND BEHAVIOURAL CONDITIONS IN ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN BPS215 S2
 ECOTHERAPY PRACTICE BPS220 S3
 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY BPS105 S2
 EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE BPS223 S2
 FAMILY COUNSELLING BPS213 S3
 INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY BPS103 S2
 LIFE COACHING BPS305 S3
 MANAGING CHANGE BBS207 S2
 MANAGING MENTAL HEALTH IN ADULTS BPS216 S2
 MARKETING PSYCHOLOGY BPS107 S2
 MOTIVATION VBS111 S2
 MULTI CULTURAL AWARENESS - BPS303 S3
 NEURODIVERSITY BPS311 S3
 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY BPS306 S3
 PLAY THERAPY - BRE214 S2
 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN COUNSELLING BPS207 S2
 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT BPS308 S3
 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (DRUGS & PSYCHOLOGY) BPS302 S3
 RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION COUNSELLING - BPS208 S3
 RESEARCH PROJECT II BGN201 S3
 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - BPS205 S3
 SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY BPS106 S2
 SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY BPS106 S1
 STATISTICS - BSC304 S3
 STRESS MANAGEMENT VPS100 S1

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Online Psychology Course. Study this psychology diploma qualification by distance learning.

This course will give the student a fascinating and in depth insight into the human mind. It allows the student to specialise in areas that interest them most, with practical, real-life applications. Some of the topics you can cover include:
  • Biopsychology - how does the brain work?
  • Psychology - what are the important theories?
  • Child Psychology - learn to understand and deal with children better
  • Counselling - develop techniques to help people
  • Industrial and Marketing psychology - learn about the applications of psychology to the business world
  • Life Coaching - interested in providing life coaching services?
  • and many more 

SAMPLE COURSE NOTES


Behavioural Characteristics Evolve through Life

Although a person’s behaviour is largely influenced by their environment, there are certain characteristics that are predetermined by the person’s biological make up. Some of these characteristics are common to all people (to all human beings) while others may be specific to different people. For instance, all normal infants have a startle reflex, and all tend to be fearful of heights. Some children, however, seem to startle more easily because their neurons fire more anxiety messages. If a person’s nervous system is damaged, it might be impossible for them to name another person even though that other person is familiar to them. These are matters investigated by neurobiological psychology, which is concerned with the relationship between the person’s biology and nervous system and their psychological make up and behaviours.

The nervous system is not completely developed upon birth, but continues to develop as the body matures, and we become capable of more complex physical and psychological activities.  Maturation is the process of growth development which enables a person to learn a new form of behaviour. Most maturation processes are complete in the human being before the age of twenty. The two periods which involve the most rapid maturational changes are the first five years of life, and puberty. In an infant, the cerebral cortex is incomplete, and the synapses that allow messages to pass from one nerve to another are not yet linked to the appropriate nerves. Also, the axons, which are crucial in the transmission of messages between nerves, lack the myelin sheath, an insulating sheath that allows for much more rapid transmission of messages. 

Learning Counts Too

Even where a behaviour is genetically programmed, however, its expression (the form it takes and whether the behaviour is expressed) can be profoundly influenced by learning. Throughout life, our natural tendencies to behave in one way or another are changed, largely as a result of learning from our environment. For instance, though all normal infants express fear when confronted with a long fall, or the illusion of it, they can also learn to be less fearful, and eventually, to overcome this inherent fear. 

Learning can be defined as a relatively permanent change in behaviour as the result of practice or environmental influence. It can and does occur in many ways, often as a result of our experience rather than as an intentional activity. In fact, most of our learning occurs naturally, not within the context of a formal educational situation. 

Modelling and Conformity

Perhaps the most basic form of learning is vicarious learning or modelling, which refers to learning by imitating the behaviour of others. Much of what a child learns is acquired by imitating the behaviour of a parent or significant other whom they love or admire. Children learn their social and gender roles through modelling, and will generally acquire their basic belief and value system through modelling and conformity (which is modelling behaviour on the behaviour of others in order to be accepted by them).  

Conditioning
Most learning, including modelling, would not have far reaching effects unless it was influenced and encouraged by the environment and the people who surround us.  Parents reward their children for behaviour of which they approve, and the child learns to associate a particular behaviour with positive stimuli. The learning that results is called conditioning. 

Growing Your Understanding of Human Behaviour

As you progress through this course, your insight into human behaviour will continue to develop, and with an increased knowledge you should also develop an ever increasing awareness and empathy in your dealings with other people in all areas of your life: personal and public; at work, home and play.

For some students, this course may lead on to a professional career or further study in the area of psychology, while for others, it may lead to working with people in any number of other situations.

A lot of people do study psychology, both with us, and with other universities and colleges; and while many might start out with the aim of becoming a psychologist or counsellor, often the course ends up taking them off on a tangent to some other career path. Few however, who study psychology, will find that what they learn does not help them -wherever they end up.

There are very few jobs that don't involve working with other people in some way or another; and the ability to understand human behaviour better will always enhance your capacity to work with others better.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in psychology, such as -

  • teachers
  • teaching staff
  • support staff
  • childcare workers
  • sales people
  • office workers
  • social workers
  • care workers
  • counsellings
  • tradespeople
  • business people

In fact, anyone who is interested in people generally, or works with people as part of their job.

Expand your knowledge of psychology, increase your job opportunities and improve your understanding of the human mind with this comprehensive course.

Any questions?

If you would like to learn more about your chosen field in psychology? If you want to learn more about how people  think and behave, why not enrol today or please ask a tutor if you have any questions.

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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Kate Gibson B.Soc.Sc.15+ years experience in HR, marketing, education & project management. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including London, New Zealand and Australia.


Check out our eBooks

Working With PeopleAre you a "people person" looking for a job; or a better understanding of careers that might suit you? If so, this book was written for YOU!
The Psychology of HealthThe Psychology and Health ebook is a delightfully interesting read that helps you understand the link between physical and psychological health. This ebook is ideal for anyone who has a personal interest in the area, as well as psychology and health students.
Counselling HandbookA book for both students, as well as volunteers who may be involved in helping people with problems. This is a starting point for understanding counselling, and a reference for developing counselling skills. The book contains seven chapters: 1. Where can counselling be used 2. How to see behind the mask 3. Emotions and attitudes 4. How to communicate better when all you have is words 5. Theory versus practice 6. Diffusing difficult situations 7. Golden rules or tips
How to be a Life CoachLife coaching is a relatively new profession - although coaches have been around for a long time in the guise of trainers, instructors, managers and tutors for various professions and disciplines. Life coaching is not easily defined, but it is a type of mentoring which focuses on helping individuals to achieve what they would like to achieve and thereby to lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike other forms of coaching, it takes place outside of the workplace and is concerned with all aspects of a person’s life.