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Advanced Psychology Level 4

Psychology & Sociology - Level 4

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About this course
  • Course Length - 12 Months
  • Award Received - Level 4 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
  • Course Code: PSY02
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About this course

This distance learning Advanced Psychology course is designed for people who wish to gain an advanced understanding of the principles and practice of Psychology.  Students must have completed an introductory course in a Psychology discipline before undertaking this programme.

Course Description
  • Perspectives on Psychology 
  • Social Psychology 
  • Cognitive Psychology 
  • Child Development 
  • Psychology and Atypical Behaviour 
  • Research Methods
Course Content

The course is divided up into six modules:

Module 1 - Perspectives on Psychology [Tutor Marked Assignment A]

Unit 1 What is psychology?

Unit 2 The biological approach

Unit 3 Behaviourist and cognitive approaches

Unit 4 Person-centred approaches

Unit 5 Methods and debate in psychology

Module 2 -  Social Psychology [Tutor Marked Assignment B]

Unit 6 Attitudes

Unit 7 Social influence

Unit 8 Obedience

Unit 9 Social cognition

Unit 10 Applied social psychology

Module 3 - Cognitive Psychology [Tutor Marked Assignment C]

Unit 11 Perception

Unit 12 Attention

Unit 13 Remembering

Unit 14 Forgetting

Unit 15 Language

Unit 16 Thinking

Unit 17 Problem solving and artificial intelligence

Module 4 - Child Development [Tutor Marked Assignment D]

Unit 18 Issues in child development

Unit 19 Cognitive development

Unit 20 Development of language & communication

Unit 21 Social perception

Unit 22 Moral development

Module 5 - Psychology and Atypical Behaviour [Tutor Marked Assignment E]

Unit 23 Definition & diagnosis of atypical behaviour

Unit 24 Treatments of atypical behaviour

Unit 25 Emotional disorders

Module 6 - Research Methods [Tutor Marked Assignment F]

Unit 26 Research methods

Unit 27 Research issues

Unit 28 Data Analysis

Glossary of terms

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing 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 4 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 UK Distance Learning & Publishing 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[1]. 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.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales

Method Of Study
  • The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
  •  You will get full tutor support via email
  •  You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors    
  •  You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
  • Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
  • You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor
Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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