Course at a glance


This Level 3 Diploma in Psychology is designed for those people who have an interest in Psychology and would like to increase their knowledge or gain knowledge in this important and growing subject area.

This course delivers a wide syllabus of topics to provide the student with an introduction to the diversity of the subject area. Psychology is about understanding human behaviour and this course will provide useful background for those students wishing to pursue further study or who are considering a career in the Caring and Social Work Professions.

Level 3 Psychology Diploma Entry Requirements

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

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 Psychology Diploma Course Content

Unit 1: Carl Gustav Jung

In this unit, students will be examine the personal and professional life of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung was responsible for the development of Analytic Psychology and the reasons why the inevitable and painful split from Freud occurred will be explored. The impact this had on the lives of the two men will be examined. The development of Jung’s work after the split will also be explained and students will be given insight into the development of the psyche, Jungian archetypes, symbols and cultural influences. Jung is considered something of a ‘guru’ in the present day and his lasting influence upon mid life and the development of Analytic Psychology will be presented and students are encouraged to use this module to examine issues such as mid life crisis and whole life development.

Unit 2: The Psychoanalytic Approach

This unit will introduce students to the life and times of Sigmund Freud and the Psychoanalytic paradigm that he founded. The course will look at the role and function of the defence mechanisms, the importance of dreams and also examine childhood development and the part this plays in adulthood. The breadth and scope of the work of Freud will be explored and the impact this has had upon the development of other disciplines examined.

Unit 3: B.F. Skinner and Behaviourism

In this unit, the work of B.F. Skinner and J. B. Watson will be presented through a presentation of the principles of Behaviourism. Students will examine the development of Behaviourism and both classical and operant learning will be explored and students will be encouraged to apply their learning to events within their own life.

Unit 4: Carl Rogers and Humanistic Psychology

In this unit, the work of the Humanistic movement in Psychology will be examined. The Humanistic movement in Pyschology laid emphasis on ‘wholeness’, personal growth and integration of the psyche. The work of Humanistic Psychologists such as Abrahamn Maslow and Carl Rogers will be explored. Maslow’s hiearchy of needs will be presented and students will be encouraged to explore issues such as individuation and self development.

The theme of whole life development will be continued through a study of the work of Erik Erikson. Erikson’s work will be paralleled with that of Levinson who wrote about the ‘seasons of life’ and whose work focused entirely upon mid life and examined issues such as the importance of having a ‘dream’ and the influence of this upon the developing psyche.

Unit 5: The Cognitive Approach

In this unit, students are introduced to Cognitive Psychology and the work of Albert Ellis. Students will be introduced to the two approaches used by Psychologists in this area namely cognitive behavioural therapy and rational emotive therapy and will examine the contribution made by the two approaches on applied areas of Psychology such as pain management, depression, eating disorder and drug taking.

In the second part of the unit, students will be introduced to issues such as how children learn and the role of learning in the development of intelligence. Vygotsky was a Soviet Psychologist who explored the role of learning within a social setting and the cognitive approach of Piaget will be contrasted with that of Vygotsky. Students are encouraged to look at the strengths and weaknesses of each of the approaches in terms of learning in the current day and assess the impact of the two theories in relation to their own classroom learning.

Unit 6: Cognitive Therapy

Students will be introduced to the idea of ‘brief therapy’ which is a cognitive tool designed to bring about changes in thinking patterns and this can be contrasted with the longer term Psychoanalytic, Analytic and Humanistic therapies introduced earlier in the course.

Unit 7:Social Constructionism and the Self

The development of self theory in Psychology will be introduced and an explanation provided of how the self concept of children develops. The importance of sustaining a healthy self concept will be discussed and also problems with measuring the self. The idea of social constructionism will be introduced so that students have an understanding of the influence of society upon the idea of self.

Unit 8: Piaget and Vygotsky

Piaget and Vygotsky are key theorists in the field of child development and intelligence concepts. This module presents an overview of their life and work. This module also explores the work of both Piaget and Vygotsky and their opposing theoretical approaches. Piaget is noted for his theories of staged development and Vygotsky for his alternative view which focuses on cultural aspects of development and the relationship between higher mental functioning and interaction with others.

Unit 9: Cognition and Therapy

This unit continues to explore cognition and perceptual concepts. Discussion will centre on maladaptiveness related to thoughts and actions and much of the content is devoted to Brief Therapy and its application within psychology contexts.

Unit 10: Social Constructivism

How we site ourselves within the world is central to perception of it. This unit explores theoretical perspectives of social constructivism and pays particular attention to biological determinism, gender issues within social contexts, stereotyping and self-concept. Within the scope of the unit, there will be an opportunity for students to explore several theories and models and apply these to specific examples and contexts.


This Level 3 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: