Level 3 Child Psychology

Level 3 Child Psychology
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Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of the psychology of your own child or you have ambitions to work in the fascinating field of child psychology, this great-value online course is designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the subject. You’ll gain a real insight into how psychologists work with children to improve their psychological states.

What Will I Learn?

The 22 easy-to-access modules cover all aspects of the rapid development of the mind and body that occur from birth through to early adulthood. The complex physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural development stages children progress through are all covered with a focus on popular theories of child development.

Is the Course for Me?

No qualifications are needed to embark on the course but a genuine interest in the psychological development of children is a must. The course takes around 20 hours to complete and because all learning takes place online, it’s perfect for those who wish to fit it around their existing commitments.

Key Learning Points

  • Get an overview of the course content before being introduced to the subject of child psychology, including theories of prominent child psychologists and the importance of recognising abnormal behaviour.
  • Learn about the different theories used in child development research, how these theories were developed, the similarities and differences between important theories and which theories govern modern practice in child development.
  • Gain an insight into cognitive development including Piaget’s theory, understanding the information-processing theory and learning about cognitive development at different life stages.
  • Explore cognitive development in the first year, covering more about Piaget’s sensorimotor stage, object permanence and adaption and equilibrium.
  • Find out about the cognitive development and application of Piaget’s theory to toddlers and pre-schoolers.
  • Move on to cognitive development in the middle years and gain an understanding of Piaget’s concrete operational stage, how children’s thinking changes at this stage and intelligence and testing intelligence.
  • Learn about cognitive development in the teenage years, how it changes from early to late adolescence and how adults can support it.
  • Explore the area of genetics including how genetics and the environment affect development and the impact of genetic abnormalities on development.
  • Gain understanding of the science behind and the flaws in both the nature and nurture arguments in terms of child development.
  • Find out about physical development from birth to the age of 19.
  • Learn about the influences on a child’s social development, when children become self-aware and how social value and social development are related.
  • Explore emotional development from school age to adolescence and how children learn to regulate their emotions.
  • Find out about concepts of intellectual development including how it can be enhanced.
  • Gain insight into attachment and relationship building with a focus on a child’s early relationships and the connection between love, support and security.
  • Learn about the impact of separation and loss in the different stages of a child’s development and how the effects can be minimised.
  • Explore language and communication milestones from birth to five.
  • Find out about the importance of self-esteem and confidence and how to nurture it in young children.
  • Gain confidence spotting the signs of behavioural problems, understanding its causes and diagnosis and the potential long-term effects.
  • Learn the difference between sex and gender, how gender identity develops and is expressed and the concept of non-conformity to gender.
  • Explore the history and different perspectives of educational psychology including schooling, learning difficulties and high intelligence.
  • Find out how health and nutrition support a child’s development.
  • Understand physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural development into adulthood.

Advantages of the Course

  • Study on any device, 24/7 at a pace that suits you.
  • Technical support is available, should you require it.
  • The 22 modules, which take between 15-60 minutes to complete are easy to access and engage with.
  • Enjoy 12 months access to the course content.
  • Studying the fascinating subject of child psychology will help you support the children in your life and could also lead to exciting new career opportunities.

Start your child psychology journey today by signing up to the Child Psychology Diploma.

This course is CPD certified.

Introduction to Child Psychology
  • To understand what you will learn in this course
  • To learn the definition of child psychology
  • To learn about the theories of child psychologists
  • To understand the importance of recognising abnormal behaviour
Child Development Research and Theories
  • To learn that different theories are used in child development research
  • To understand how each theory developed
  • To learn about the similarities and differences between important theories
  • To begin to understand which theories govern modern practices in child development
An Overview of Cognitive Development
  • To learn about the first cognitive development theories
  • To understand Piaget's theory of cognitive development
  • To understand the Information-Processing theory
  • To learn about cognitive development in different life stages
Cognitive Development in the First Year
  • To learn more about Piaget's sensorimotor stage
  • To learn about the sub-stages of the sensorimotor stage
  • To understand the concept of object permanence
  • To learn more about adaptation and equilibrium
Cognitive Development in the Toddler and Preschool Years
  • To learn about the cognitive abilities of toddlers and preschoolers
  • To understand Piaget's Theory as it applies to toddlers and preschoolers
  • To learn about the preoperational stage of cognitive development
  • To learn about toddlers, preschoolers, and memory
Cognitive Development in the Middle Years
  • To learn how children in the middle years think
  • To learn about Piaget's concrete operational stage
  • To learn about how children's thinking changes during the concrete operational stage
  • To learn about intelligence and testing intelligence
Cognitive Development and the Teenage Years
  • To learn about how cognitive development occurs in the teenage years
  • To understand how adults can support cognitive development
  • To understand how cognitive development changes from early to late adolescence
  • To learn what Piaget theorised about cognitive development
  • To learn more about how genetics and environment work together in development
  • To learn about genes, chromosomes, and DNA
  • To understand how the environment might affect genetics
  • To learn about genetic abnormalities and their effect on development
The Nature/Nurture Debate
  • To learn about the history of the debate between nature and nurture
  • To learn about some of the science supporting the nature side
  • To learn about some of the science supporting the nurture side
  • To understand that there are discrepancies in both arguments
Physical Development
  • To learn about physical development from birth to two years old
  • To understand the physical changes that occur from two to six years old
  • To learn about what physical changes occur between the ages of seven to 11 years old
  • To understand physical growth from the ages of 12 to 19
Social Development
  • To learn about the major influences on a child's social development
  • To understand when children begin to understand themselves
  • To learn how culture can affect a child's social development
  • To understand how social value and social development is related
Emotional Development
  • To learn the definition of emotional development
  • To learn about the emotional development of a school-aged child
  • To learn about the emotional development during adolescence
  • To learn about regulating emotions
Intellectual Development
  • To learn about brain development and intelligence
  • To learn how to enhance intellectual development
  • To learn about various childhood intelligence concepts
  • To understand the intellectual development of children in middle childhood
Attachment and Relationship Building
  • To learn about the importance of a child's early relationships
  • To understand who the child has their first relationships with
  • To learn about attachment theory
  • To understand the relationship between love and support and security
The Role of Separation in Child Development
  • To learn about the impact of separation and loss on child development in general
  • To learn about the impact of these things on child development at different ages
  • To understand how these effects change depending on the age of the child
  • To understand how to minimise these effects
Language and Communication
  • To learn about the language milestones from birth through 12 months
  • To learn about the language milestones from age one to two
  • To learn about the language milestones from age three to four
  • To learn about the language milestones from age four to five
Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • To learn what self-esteem and confidence is
  • To understand the signs of healthy and unhealthy self-esteem
  • To learn about methods that improve self-esteem and confidence in children
  • To learn about building self-esteem in toddlers
Behavioural Problems
  • To learn about the signs of behavioural problems
  • To understand bad behaviour and conduct disorder
  • To learn about the long-term effects of behavioural problems and conduct disorder
  • To understand the diagnosis of conduct disorder and behaviour issues
Gender Roles and Differences
  • To learn the difference between sex and gender
  • To understand how gender identity develops
  • To learn how children generally express their gender
  • To understand the concept of non-conforming to gender or being transgender
Education: Schooling, Learning Difficulties and High Intelligence
  • To learn about the branch of the psychology field called educational psychology
  • To understand the history of educational psychology
  • To learn about different perspectives of educational philosophy
  • To learn about how educational psychology approaches learning difficulties
Health and Nutrition in a Child’s Development
  • To learn about the research that supports health and nutrition in childhood development
  • To learn about what nutrition is
  • To learn why proper nutrition is important
  • To learn about the negative and positive effects of nutrition
Developing Into Adulthood
  • To understand physical development into adulthood
  • To understand how cognitive changes develop into adulthood
  • To learn about the emotional development into adulthood
  • To understand about behavioural development as an adult
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
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