Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Course Content
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 1 – Carl Gustav Jung
We begin our course of study with a look at the antecedents of Psychology from Philosophy. Jung was not a philosopher in his early years and began his working life by working in a mental hospital and was faced at an early age with trying to solve the problems of complex human behaviour. He developed his work initially with the help of Sigmund Freud but the relationship broke down and Jung developed Analytical Psychology in his own right. In this module we examine issues such as the importance of archetypes, dream analysis and the mid life crisis.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 2 – The Psychoanalytic Approach
The birth of the Psychoanalytic movement is discussed through the work of Sigmund Freud whose important focus was the study of the unconscious mind and in making the ‘unconscious become conscious’ using psychoanalytic techniques. The influence that Freud has had on modern day therapy and child rearing will be examined.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 3 – B. F. Skinner and Behaviourism
The work of BF Skinner and J B Watson will be examined. It was Watson who rejected the study of the unconscious mind because of the limitations it placed upon measurement. Skinner and Watson believed that Psychology should be scientific and it is their influence that led to much of the modern day experimentation in Psychology. Behaviourism has been used effectively in schools and prisons to change behaviour and students will learn the basic ideas behind these techniques.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 4 – Carl Rogers and Humanistic Psychology
In this module we examine issues of ‘personal growth and human fulfilment’ which emerged as part of the Humanistic Movement in the 1960’s as the emphasis of developing human potential was important in at this time. You will examine issues such as why Humanists believe that personal growth is important. You will consider whether personal growth is suitable or indeed appropriate for everyone. Theories of whole life development will also focus upon the work of Erickson and Levinson (who wrote about mid life) and whether this is an important stage of development will be examined
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 5 – The Cognitive Approaches
The Cognitive approach to Psychology developed during the 1970’s as it became apparent that Psychology could not discount mental processes because there were problems involved with measuring them (as Skinner and Watson) had believed. Theories of cognition were developed during this time and this enabled Psychologists to develop theories that examined issues such as how classroom learning could be enhanced and potential realised through compensatory programmes. The work of Vygotsky and Piaget will be both examined and students will be able to link both theories to modern learning in schools.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 6 – Cognitive Therapy
As ideas on mental processes developed so did new therapies and ways of treating conditions such as depression. We examine the work of Albert Ellis and therapies such as ‘rational emotional therapy’ which helps people develop rational thought and to recognise irrational thought processes. Theories such as Seligman’s ‘learned helplessness’ theory are also examined and we contrast modern day Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with previous therapies such as Psychoanalysis.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 7 – Social Construction and the Self
The self develops through our social world and Mead termed this ‘the looking glass self’. We consider self development throughout the life span and the tensions that can arise when social constructions of the self are accepted are discussed.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 8 – Piaget and Vygotsky
In this module we examine the work of Piaget and Vygotsky on mental processes in greater depth and consider how some problems are resolved by children at different ages. We examine stage theories of cognition and look at experiments that challenge stage theorists and offer different explanations to the ideas expressed by the major theories.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 9 – Cognition and Therapy
This Module focuses on the important role that cognition plays in therapy in the modern day and we discuss the implications of the costs of therapy and the introduction of brief therapy. Issues such as cost effectiveness and also whether brief therapy is as effective as conventional therapies will be addressed.
Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma Module 10 – Social Constructionism
The British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously coined the term ‘there is no such thing as society’ but clearly this overlooks issues such as gender development, biological determinism and issues that impact upon our social identity. This Unit develops ideas discussed in Module 7 on social constructions of reality and students will be encouraged to consider issues such as the development of personal identity across different situations, cultures and contexts.
This Accredited Level 3 Psychology Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.