Advanced Psychology Level 4

  • Course Code: OCN203
  • Award Level 4, Similar difficulty to - NVQ Level 4

This Advanced Psychology course offers a detailed study into the theory and practices of psychology, for those with some prior knowledge of the subject.

  • Understand some of the debates in psychology arising from different approaches to the subject.
  • Learn how psychology has a wider influence on society and how it is crucial to child development.
  • Learn about different research methods and interpretation of research data for higher levels of study and professional practice.

Course Content

Module 1: Perspectives on Psychology

  • What is psychology?
  • The biological approach
  • Behaviourist and cognitive approaches
  • Person-centred approaches
  • Methods and debate in psychology

Module 2: Social Psychology

  • Attitudes
  • Social influence
  • Obedience
  • Social cognition
  • Applied social psychology

Module 3: Cognitive Psychology

  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Remembering
  • Forgetting
  • Language
  • Thinking
  • Problem solving and artificial intelligence

Module 4: Child Development

  • Issues in child development
  • Cognitive development
  • Development of language and communication
  • Social perception
  • Moral development

Module 5: Psychology & Atypical Behaviour

  • Definition and diagnosis of atypical behaviour
  • Treatments of atypical behaviour
  • Emotional disorders

Module 6: Research Methods

  • Research methods
  • Research issues
  • Data analysis


The Advanced Psychology is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.

Study Method

The course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students receive a course manual and study guide, plus tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a level 4 NCFE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 4 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and level 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A Levels, respectively).

The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Ltd which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These are Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England); the Welsh Government and CCEA (the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) in Northern Ireland.

Course Questions and Answers

Q: What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

To register for this course, students must already hold either a GCSE in Psychology at grade A-B or a have a diploma in Psychology at Level 3.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Student record bag
  • Pen
  • Mouse mat
  • Study guide
  • Comprehensive study notes
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Accreditation

Q: Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

Q: What do I do if I still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

Reviews for this course

"The course so far is going well"
Antonia Shevlin, Manchester

The course so far is going well, the questions are reasonably easy to understand and i have come across no issues with the course.

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