Study and learn about human behaviour

This course builds on the certificate in psychology to give the student a broader scope.

It involves an additional two study modules plus 100 hours of industry experience. This course may be used as a stepping stone to our Associate Diploma in Psychology or our Associate Diploma in Psychology and Counselling. It may also be useful for those wishing to go on to study to degree level or for those working in related fields that require an understanding of psychology.

Advanced Psychology Certificate

  • Study and learn about human behaviour
  • Work with people in a support role or a management role
  • 900 hours, self paced studies

An understanding of human behaviour is a valued and necessary skill in many industries. It enables you to communicate better, to support people when they are confronted with problems, and to empathise, hence better manage people in all areas of life. This course will help you get a job, perform better in a job, and lay a foundation for a lifelong career.



The course is divided into 8 modules/subjects AND Industry Experience as follows:

(Each Module = 100 hours).

2 x Core (compulsory) Modules:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology and Counselling

6 x Optional (elective) modules from:

  • Industrial Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Biopsychology I
  • Marketing Psychology
  • Conflict Management
  • Research Project I


  • Industry experience 100 hours

This Advanced Certificate is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.


Duration: 900 hours


Breakdown of Course Structure


The course is sequenced so that foundation knowledge and skills are established through completion of the core unit modules. Students will be expected to complete these modules before undertaking any of the other course components.

Research Project

The research project is 100 hours duration and contains 2 parts: the first part assists the student in developing research skills, whilst the second part involves carrying out a relevant research project. Research project I develops the student's ability to plan and conduct research, and involves a minor statistical research project and report.

Industry experience

This may be in the form of relevant work experience, industry meetings, seminars or workshops. You might choose to undertake voluntary work for an appropriate organisation.


Core Modules

Introduction to Psychology (Re019)

This course puts the student in touch with some of the most widely studied areas of psychology.

There are seven lessons in this course, as follows:

  1. The nature & scope of Psychology
  2. Neurological basis of behaviour
  3. Environmental effects on behaviour
  4. Consciousness and perception
  5. Personality
  6. Psychological development
  7. Needs, drives and motivation


Psychology and Counselling (Re020)

Successful completion of this module will develop the learner's ability to analyse psychological processes and apply that knowledge in counselling or advisory situations.

There are seven lessons in this course, as follows:

  1. Stress
  2. Abnormal Behaviour
  3. Individual Behaviour
  4. Group Behaviour
  5. Methods of Dealing with Abnormalities
  6. Conflict Resolution
  7. Interpersonal Communication Skills


Elective Modules

Child Psychology

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the cognitive, behavioural and emotional development of children.

There are twelve lessons in this module, as follows:

  1. Introduction to Child Psychology
  2. The Newborn Infant
  3. States & Senses of the Infant
  4. Learning
  5. Emotions and Socialisation
  6. Cognitive Development
  7. Language Development
  8. Intelligence
  9. Socialisation - Part A
  10. Morality
  11. Sexuality
  12. Socialisation - Part B

Industrial Psychology

To develop an understanding of how the psychological state of employees in the workplace, affects both their work, and their overall well being.

There are ten lessons in this course, as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding the Employees Thinking
  3. Personality & Temperament
  4. Psychological Testing
  5. Management & Managers
  6. The Work Environment
  7. Motivation and Incentives
  8. Recruitment
  9. Social Considerations
  10. Abnormalities and Disorders

Sports Psychology

Successful completion of this course/module will develop your skills and understanding of psychological principles for use in sports.

There are eight lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Psychological Traits of Successful Athletes
  3. Anxiety & Arousal
  4. Motivation
  5. Aggression
  6. Leadership & Coaching
  7. Team Dynamics
  8. Special Groups

Educational Psychology

Successful completion of this course/module will develop an understanding of the psychological processes that occur during the act of learning.

There are seven lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Introduction -Development & Learning Theory
  2. Behavioural Learning
  3. Information Processing
  4. Memory Retention & Loss
  5. Individual Needs
  6. Constructivist Learning
  7. Motivation

Conflict Management

This course gives the student insight into conflict and looks at different techniques to deal with this sensitive subject.

There are eight lessons in this course, as follows:

  1. Conflict Management and Anger
  2. Listening
  3. Negotiation
  4. Mediation
  5. Facilitation
  6. Balance of Power
  7. Discussion and Group Work
  8. Crisis Analysis and Responses


Successful completion of this course/module will develop your knowledge and ability to explain the link between the psychology and physiology of the body.

There are seven lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Senses
  3. The Nervous System
  4. The Endocrine System
  5. Stress
  6. Emotions
  7. Consciousness

Marketing Psychology

Successful completion of this course/module will develop your knowledge and ability to apply an understanding of psychology to marketing.

There are eight lessons in this module as follows:

  1. People as Consumers
  2. Market Segmentation
  3. Internal Influences -Perception & Personality
  4. Internal Influences -Motivation and Awareness
  5. Social Influences -Small groups and family; social class, culture etc
  6. Consumerism
  7. Communication and Persuasion
  8. Deciding to Buy


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Phone (UK) 01384 44272, (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or

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