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Duration (approx) 1000 hours
Qualification Foundation Diploma

Gain a more in depth knowledge of child and adolescent mental health - signs, symptoms, causes and much more.

  • Children and teenagers can experience mental health difficulties during their growth and development.
  • This course takes a more in depth look at the nature and scope of problems, how they are identified and treated.
  • The Foundation Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychology includes Elective Modules which enables students to specialise in particular areas of interest to them.



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Learn about mental health in children and adolescents, depression, anxiety orders, brain disorders and more.

  • Study developmental disorders and the signs, treatment, and support processes.
  • Understand the social and cognitive stages of development - theories and key concepts.
  • Study behavioural learning, how information is processed and memory functions.
  • Elective Modules enable students to select to study areas of interest to them, with options including Family Counselling and Life Coaching.



Course Duration: 1000 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Content: Study 7 Core Modules and then choose 3 Elective Modules.

The Core modules cover Child And Adolescent Mental Health, Child Psychology, Developmental Learning And Behavioural Conditions In Children, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Educational Psychology, Introduction To Psychology.

Then choose 3 Elective Modules from – Grief Counselling, Anger Management,Counselling Skills I, Life Coaching, Family Counselling, Multicultural Awareness, Psychological Assessment.

All modules for the Foundation Diploma in Child And Adolescent Psychology are summarised below.  Follow the title link for further information on each. Each module can also be studied as a standalone course, if you prefer.


Abnormal Psychology BPS307
This is an 11 lesson module.  Students will study the signs and symptoms of different psychological conditions.  Disorders may be caused by environmental, physical, or genetic influences.  The module starts by looking at disorders that are usually diagnosed during infancy, which is then followed by a series of lessons which focus on the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of different types of disorder.  The disorders covered in the module include cognitive disorders, substance-related disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, sexual/gender disorders, eating and sleep disorders, control disorders, and personality disorders.  Students will be expected to describe and distinguish between different types of disorders and their work will include the diagnosis and development of treatment for specified disorders.

Child And Adolescent Mental Health BPS214
This 10 lesson module aims to provide students with the knowledge to identify mental health conditions in children and adolescents.  Students are guided through a wide range of conditions and disorders, including depression, anxiety, motor disorders, elimination disorders, reactive attachment disorder, the impact of environmental problems, eating disorders, and substance abuse.  As well as understanding types of treatment and support available, the module also considers alternative approaches to treatment, such as homoeopathy, aromatherapy, behavioural optometry, and diet.  The module is completed with a special project in an area of interest to the student and which they will complete under the expert guidance of their tutor.

Child Psychology BPS104
This 12 lesson module is concerned with the developmental stages of children from newborn and infants through school age years.  The module considers all of the significant areas such as senses, emotions, socialism, cognitive development, learning, and language.  Notable psychological research and theories are explored within the module providing students with a balanced approach to ideas and concepts.  The module also includes sections which look at influences both within the family structure and externally, such as influences from school and peers.

Developmental, Learning And Behavioural Conditions In Adolescents And Children BPS215
Through 9 lessons, learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of learning and behavioural conditions exhibited by children and adolescents.  The module looks at genetic, physical, and environmental causes of disorders, with lessons including developmental disorders, specific conditions such as Autism and Asperger’s Disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, and motor skills disorders.  A special project concludes the module, where the student selects a particular area of interest and researches and explains the signs, symptoms, treatment and support for a particular condition or disorder.

Developmental Psychology BPS210
This 10 lesson module looks at the psychological development of individuals throughout their lives.  Different stages in an individual’s life bring about different influences and different challenges.  This module seeks to help the student to better understand how people develop, through all ages of life with lessons on each of the key life stages: Early childhood, Middle childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Late Adulthood.  Students will look at cognitive, social, and moral development as relevant through each of these stages before then considering the potential challenges faced through each stage of a person’s life.  Having a heightened awareness of developmental psychology is a big advantage when dealing with people in any capacity. It helps you understand work colleagues, clients, friends and family members and is a very valuable tool for teachers, managers, counsellors and welfare workers amongst many other professions.

Educational Psychology BPS105
By understanding how people learn, you can become more effective in your approach to helping them to learn.  This 7 lesson module looks at the theories of development and learning.  Students will consider how people learn, how information is processed and how it is retained.  As student’s progress through the module, they will look at how to determine the needs of individuals, which coupled with their studies on how people learn will provide them with the necessary tools to be able to effectively tailor their methods for the benefit of the individual.  The right approach of course is important, and the module is concluded with a lesson on motivation which looks at different motivational theories and factors which may affect an individual’s motivation.

Introduction To Psychology BPS101
Through 7 lessons, this module will provide you with a basic foundation in human psychology.  Students will look at key issues and theories in psychology, whilst considering the stages of our psychological development from adolescence through to adults.  The module includes lessons which focus on the structure of the nervous system and the brain, environmental/external effects on behaviour, perception, personality, and motivation.  The module includes practical elements such as case studies and the demonstration of motivation techniques through role play.


Students are to select 3 Electives from this list.  If you are not sure which modules suit you best, you can discuss this with your tutor or contact us before you start the course on

Anger Management BPS111
This 9 lesson module will help students to learn to understand anger and explore techniques that can be useful in the management of anger.  The module explores different theories relating to emotion and anger looking at different therapies, techniques, and counselling that can be used to manage anger.  Important areas for consideration are individuals with mental health issues, personality disorders, and children and adolescents; there are separate lessons dedicated to these.  A problem based learning project completes the module, where the student will create and present a plan of anger management for an individual experiencing serious anger difficulties.

Counselling Skills I BPS109
There are a number of different aspects which a counsellor needs to consider – they need to know what sort of questions to ask, they need to listen to the responses, but they also need to form some bond with those who they are counselling.  This 8 lesson module looks at different types of counselling, considering the different theories and approaches that a counsellor may consider.  The module considers how the counsellor may bond with their client, how the client should be made to feel at ease and the combination of elements which will contribute to this.  Students will consider how to approach questioning – the types of question to ask and those that should be avoided, and whether they wish to develop discussion with open questions or use closed questions to determine a direction.  With lessons that include interview techniques, therapies and how to conclude a counselling session, and case studies to provide context and practical examples, this is a useful module which will benefit people in many areas ranging from parenting, to the work place, to teaching, to volunteer work, and training.

Family Counselling BPS213
This 10 lesson module looks at the different types and the development of family units.  Students will consider the crises that families may face as well the changes in dynamics affecting them. Students will learn about analysing and identifying problems, and determining how these can be faced. The module concludes with a Problem Based Learning Project where students will be able to apply their learning to a proposed situation and will propose and consider different approaches and strategies to provide the necessary support and alleviate the problems being faced.

Grief Counselling BPS209
This 8 lesson module focusses specifically on bereavement and loss. Students will look at the different stages of grief, and also consider how child and adolescents cope with grief. The module looks at different types of grief which people may have to face, including loss of children, terminal illness, and disaster. The module includes case studies, which will provide students with situations where they can consider the impact of events and the approach to treatments and counselling.

Life Coaching BPS305
This 10 lesson module will enable the student to determine what life coaching is and what distinguishes it from other professions such as psychotherapists, counsellors and so on.  Students will understand the balance and relationship of elements required for a well-balanced life and the relationships between these.  The module highlights key coaching processes and the skills that a life coach needs to develop in order to effectively communicate with their client.  It covers such key areas as psychology, physiology, stress, and nutrition, with the concluding lesson of the module looking at the review procedure and determining whether or not and how a programme may be reassessed.

Multicultural Awareness BPS303
This 8 lesson module aims to develop a student’s understanding of culture, diversity and multicultural society. Because it embraces all areas of human activity, culture is, at best, a nebulous concept that may be defined in quite different ways. People might hold very different perceptions of culture, and its significance in describing human activity, and our perceptions of culture can change in response to other influences. Studying this module will help you to understand what culture is and the elements that make it. You will learn about influences on culture, and consider prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. Students will look at the barriers to multi-cultural relationships and how to develop cultural competence. This fascinating module concludes with lessons which look at multicultural mental health issues and the approach to culture distress.

Psychological Assessment BPS308
A 7 lesson module which looks at psychological testing and assessment. Students will study psychological tests, including aptitude tests, occupational tests, assessment, Wechsler Intelligence Scales, and SCID. They will learn the purpose and usage of testing and consider the advantages and disadvantages of using certain types of test. The use of psychological assessments today is widespread, making this a particularly relevant subject to study.


The Foundation Diploma In Child And Adolescent Psychology requires approximately 1,000 hours of study. It is made up of ten 100 hour modules.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the ten 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass ten examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.


  • Our courses are written and taught by experienced professionals, so you know you can expect a high quality of teaching and support.
  • You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
  • Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
  • Study where you want to - online studies offer the flexibility for you to determine where and when you study.



Choosing the right course and the right options is important.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Environmental tutors using our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE.  They will be more than happy to help you make the right choice for you.




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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.
Lyn Quirk M.Ed.,Dip.Med.,Dip.SportsOver 35 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy

Check out our eBooks

Family & Relationships CounsellingThe Family and Relationships Counselling ebook is an informative and helpful read for anyone who wants to improve their relationships or even help other people improve or nurture their own relationships.
Coping Better with Negative EmotionsThis book is designed to help you understand the things that cause stress, the problems that can arise, and the broad range of ways people might manage their stress.
Psychology DictionaryThis book provides explanations for common terms used in Psychology.
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