Course at a glance


Organisational psychology incorporates the field of psychology applied to organisations and the workplace. The world of work is an essential component to our day to day life, and being able to understand the relationship between ourselves and the workplace is very important; this is the role of organisational psychology.

Those who work in organisational psychology perform a wide range of tasks, including studying worker attitudes and behaviour, the evaluation companies, and the provision leadership training. The overall goal of this field is to study and understand human behaviour in the workplace.

The Course delivers a wide syllabus of topics to provide students with an introduction to this subject area. Each of the modules in this course aims to develop student awareness of the complexities and subtleties of the psychological aspects involved in the world of work. Students will develop insight into aspects of business psychology such as people-related aspects of management. These include motivation, leadership, working in teams, the future of work and methodological aspects and ethics of carrying out research in this area.

Students will gain knowledge and skills which are valued by potential employers and help to better understand the world of work whether currently working or considering a career or further study in this particular field. The course is made up of ten modules and concludes with a final online examination.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol into our Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma course.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

 Course Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit.


Optional coursework and final examination.


Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Course Length

1 Year.

Endorsed By

Students at the college have the option to choose the awarding body of their course.

This course has been endorsed by :

Quality Licence Scheme:


Accord :

This courses’ awarding bodies are recognised for their high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit Quality Licence Scheme website or Accord website

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Course Content

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 1 – What is Organisational Psychology?

This module provides an introduction to the evolution of Organisational Psychology from the Ancient Greeks to the modern day. It also examines definitions of Organisational Psychology and explores the training and kinds of work undertaken by practitioners of the discipline. The module forms a basis for remaining modules that examine the physical and psychological aspects of the working environment.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 2 – Personality and Individual Differences

Psychology has been involved in the selection of personnel for many years. Various approaches of selecting personnel have been developed. Even in the time of the Ancient Greeks, it has been apparent that attempts have been made to sort people by their personality and general temperament, and in the modern day, this technique is also used in Business Psychology. Various psychometric measures have been used and several of these will be examined in this module. Conclusions are considered regarding their effectiveness in predicting job success. The module also considers alternative ways of examining job success nowadays.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 3 – Work motivation and satisfaction

This module focuses on theories of motivation. Motivation is a key aspect of behavioural psychology because it provides insight into why people choose to work, why certain people work harder than others and how employers can increase motivation in the workforce. In this module, several theories of motivation are examined, all of which aim to explain motivational behaviour in the workplace The complexity of explaining motivation – or indeed lack of motivation – is discussed, and assumptions are challenged.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 4 – Stress at work

It is well known that stress is a feature of modern life and the causes of stress are diverse. The sources of stress most commonly found in the workplace are explored, together with approaches to stress control and prevention. Stress is recognised globally as a condition that can affect all categories of workers, in all types of jobs living in all types of social environments. A certain level of stress can be motivating, as it helps people motivate themselves to complete a job well, but stress is also recognised as a major contributor to behaviour change, psychological dysfunction and serious health problems. Stress, therefore, can have a major impact both on people’s lives and the lives of people around them. The module examines the impact of modern stressors that include job impermanency, short-term contracts and technological advances.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 5 – Organisations and conflict

It is acknowledged that staff members need to feel safe and valued. It may be challenging to accomplish positive working relationships; persistence has been shown to pay dividends in terms of staff morale and turnover. While competition is a necessary part of some jobs, there are situations where competition can lead to breakdowns in communication between individuals and within groups. The module examines ways in which managers can eliminate or reduce difficulties and increase co-operation in the workplace. In doing this, motivation and satisfaction of the workforce are enhanced.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 6 – Group behaviour

Most people work as part of teams. Theoretical approaches to understanding group behaviour are evaluated in this module. Relationships with others can be a source of pleasure – or a source of tension and conflict; this module examines group behaviour and also suggests useful strategies that managers may use to assist people in improving social interaction in workplace settings. Reported incidences of bullying and violence in the workplace are on the increase and Organisational Psychology addresses such issues. This module will examine strategies of how to reduce tension and conflict in the work place by providing guidelines to successful team working.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 7 – Leadership

This module reviews and evaluates major theories of leadership and summarises findings from relevant research. Since leadership involves the exercise of influence by one person over others, the quality of leadership exhibited by supervisors is a critical determinant of organisational success. The historical evolution of leadership research is explained so that students can be more familiar with past and present models of leadership. The particular qualities associated with successful leadership are examined.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 8 – Managing change in organisations

Over recent years, the world of work has changed beyond recognition because of wide-ranging social and economic challenges. This has meant that increasingly, organisations with stable markets in the past may be facing economic competition from new and different sources. This module examines the reasons why organisations must continue to change and adapt to meet future challenges if they are to survive and thrive. The impact of change on the workforce is explored and insight provided into resistance to change and the challenges for management when changes are considered.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 9 – Research methods and ethics

The rules of scientific research inform the definition and search for knowledge in the field of applied organisational behaviour. In this module, students gain a basic knowledge of research methodology in order that they can understand the importance of critical evaluation of both the research process and also the theories presented in the course. Additionally, students are introduced to ethical issues involved in carrying out research in the workplace setting. The differences between academic and applied research are explained.

Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma Module 10 – Future of work

This module considers the future of work. Changes and challenges that face both employees and employers nowadays and in the future are examined. It is stressed that organisations operate within a changing economic, social and political framework. Working life now and in the future is very different from previous times, and ability to adapt as needs arise is key to success. Students also gain understanding of the impact of globalisation and insight into the importance of management and employee development in this context.


This Level 3 Organisational Psychology Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

Further information on our Level 4 Diplomas can be found here: