Human Psychology and Counselling



Understand more about the human mind and mental health problems. This distance learning course will help you to understand more about abnormal psychology

Do you want to learn about schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, mania, childhood disorders? Why not take this course?

Understanding abnormal behaviour is the first step toward dealing with it, both for professionals as well as friends, relatives and acquaintances. This course will be of value to anyone who wants to understand more about common psychological disorders, their causes and treatment.

It is particularly beneficial for counsellors or support workers, for it will develop their ability to distinguish different types of psychological disorder, and determine when to refer clients for treatment. It is also of interest to anyone who finds human nature fascinating. We cover why different conditions may occur, what happens in different conditions and how we can treat them.



Study adolescent psychology by distance learning - understand teenager and adolescent behaviour.

The period of adolescence involves a lot of changes and development. It can be difficult understanding the many changes that occur within teenagers.

  • Adolescent Psychology considers all the many changes that occur during the period of adolescence. There are many changes in relation to sexuality, bodily changes, emotional changes, including depression, and self-esteem.
  • The course looks at how teenagers may become involved in crime and how they develop morally during the adolescent period.
  • Students will have the opportunity to consider these changes in depth.
  • This is a useful course for anyone involved with teenagers in a professional or voluntary capacity and for parents.



Train in aged care. As our population is ageing, there are more job vacancies available. Retrain or improve your knowledge of aged care to improve your job prospects

Ageing inevitably leads to physical decline. This can be due to:

  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lifestyle

Employment and career opportunities have been dramatically increasing over recent times with the appearance of a whole range of jobs that focus on providing support for people in the later years of their life.

Elderly people are provided with a diverse variety of assistance from the health and welfare professions, from  funeral homes and full time carers. This course can open opportunities for working with the elderly in these or other situations. For those who already work in aged support, this course can be a great professional development program, to help develop your knowledge and skills, to be able to do your current job even better.



Anger Management Course

Train as an anger management consultant or learn to control your own anger.

  • Study Anger Management at home
  • Learn about what causes anger to develop
  • Learn ways or reducing or controlling anger
  • Expand your skills as a parent, teacher, manager, counsellor, coach or in any other capacity where anger can become an issue




Feeling anxious is perfectly normal at times, but sometimes it can start to take over. This course will help you to -

  • Understand the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic
  • Develop methods and plans to reduce feelings of anxiety and panic



Learn to be a Coach

Developing a wide range of coaching skills can allow you to excel in a coaching and leadership role. This exciting new course allows the student to gain a thorough understanding of how to be an effective coach across a variety of areas to give the graduate a range of employment and work options.

Take this course on it's own to specialise as a coach, or study it to expand your existing qualifications and experience to gain a competitive edge when going for that dream job!Coaching learning program, 1,500 hours (1.5 years full time) - for life coaching, business coaching, sports coaching, food coaching.


Study online!  Access the guidance of your tutor, 5 days a week. 



Find out how our minds and brains relate to one another

Stress, anger, concentration, clarity of thought, etc. are all influenced by your physical wellbeing (eg. fitness, general health, the food you eat). This course develops an understanding of the relationship between our brain and nervous system with our thoughts and behaviours. It examines how a person's physical body is associated with their mental processing.

Learn about the biology of the brain and how it relates to things like our senses, the way we perceive the world, and altered states of consciousness.

Graduate Comment: "I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found ACS to be wonderful in all aspects" D. Kenyon, ACS Biopsychology student



Add to your knowledge of biopsychology with this advanced course

This course complements Biopsychology I. It recaps on some elements of Biopsychology I such as research methods when investigating the brain and behaviour, but goes into greater depth in areas like language and memory systems.

It also has an emphasis on brain damage and how different types of damage can help us to understand brain functioning and behaviour. 

Although it complements our Biopsychology I course, this course can be taken as a stand-alone course by those with an interest in this area or who have taken some previous studies in related fields. Those who study both Biopsychology courses will feel that they have a thorough grounding in nervous system anatomy and the functioning of different brain centres. 





Train to be a Career or Employment Advisor

Career Counselling is a valuable addition to your teaching, counselling, management, life-coaching, or community services qualification. It can also improve parents' ability to help their children choose suitable career paths, or student's ability to plan their own career or career change. 

Starting or changing a career can be quite a challenge. Without help, a person can easily become discouraged or overwhelmed. If you want to help others (or yourself) make sound career decisions and set realistic career goals, this course will set you on that path.

Effective counselling requires a certain predictive ability that is based on the situation as it really is, which is often not the situation as the client perceives it, or as the client or counsellor would like it to be. One aspect of informed prediction will be, of course, a sound knowledge of the current job market and opportunities, which is an essential part of the Careers Counsellor’s professional knowledge. Another aspect of informed prediction will be a realistic assessment of the client’s current and likely future state, which includes attitude, knowledge, skills, experience, interpersonal skills etc.




Learn to recognise mental health problems in children and youth

Mental health is a difficult issue for children and adolescents because they are not always able to express their feelings accurately and are not always taken seriously. As an adult, you can help children that are suffering from, or you think could be suffering from, mental health issues if you are able to recognise difficulties. By developing an understanding of the types of problems the child may have, you can better support the child. 


This course emphasises the usefulness of understanding what to expect in normal childhood development so that this can be used as a benchmark with which to cross-reference suspect patterns of behaviour, and determine whether observed behaviour is problematic.

Whilst this course is primarily aimed at professionals who work with children it may also be of value to concerned parents who wish to gain a better insight into children's mental health.  




From infant to adolescent

Child psychology is one of the cornerstones of psychology. An understanding of child psychology informs many other areas of investigation in the field of psychology. Knowledge of child psychology is therefore the perfect foundation for further studies in psychology, and is one of the best study choices if you want to pursue a career working with children. 

Children are fascinating to work with. At no other time in our lives do we change so much as we do during childhood. Those fortunate to work with children are able to witness these changes, and those with an understanding of child psychology are able to predict how children of different ages will behave as well as how their current behaviour and situation might influence their future development.

Study this course to learn how children think, and how their psychology changes as they develop - cognitively, morally, socially, and sexually. This course will be of value to anyone who works with children (e.g. counsellors, play leaders, teachers).




Learn how to successfully resolve conflicts

Conflict is destructive when it:

  • diverts energy away from important work or other issues (consider, much scientific and social progress has been made during war times. This is not to say that war is good, but that conflict can encourage progressive thought and action)
  • destroys morale
  • polarises groups
  • deepens differences in values
  • produces violence

Conflict is constructive when it:

  • opens up and clarifies important issues and helps solve them
  • increases involvement of individuals in important issues
  • makes communication more authentic
  • releases pent-up emotion, stress or anxiety
  • helps build group cohesiveness
  • helps individual growth, provided there is reflection on the conflict

This course will provide you with a range of conflict management techniques. You will better understand of conflict and conflict resolution



Learn strategies for working with and listening to children

Useful for counsellors, teachers and teacher aides, and other professionals working in child-centric industries.



Study Counselling Skills by Distance Learning

Many people use counselling skills in their daily lives. However, sometimes it may be inappropriate for people to use their usual methods of support. They may discuss their problems with friends and family usually, but sometimes they may not want to. They may feel that the person is too close, that they don’t want them to know their confidential problems or the person they would usually confide in might be part of the problem. Counsellors are trained to be effective helpers in difficult or sensitive situations. They should be independent, neutral and professional, as well as respecting our privacy. Counselling can help people to clarify their problems, identify changes they would like to make, get a fresh perspective, consider other options and look at the impact that life events have made on their emotional well-being.


Explore the kinds of problems and issues a person might face in overcoming stresses and limiting attitudes. Learn about the counsellor's role, the counselling process, and gain basic practical counselling skills that can also be effectively applied to many situations. Also recommended for parents, teachers and others who want to communicate in a more supportive, empathetic manner.

Develop your ability to support or counsel others through the processes of personal growth and change.



Advanced Counselling Distance Learning Course

Do you already have some counselling skills, but would like to be able to improve on them? Do you want to learn more counselling skills? Do you want to improve your counselling abilities? This may be the course for you.

Counselling Skills II covers:

  • Telephone counselling,
  • Online counselling,
  • Techniques for dealing with crisis situations and much more.

Learn to demonstrate how micro-skills can be combined in the counselling process. Learn about the grief process, how we can support clients, the ethical issues of counselling and much more.

Pre-requisite: Counselling Skills I (or equivalent)



Advanced Training Course in Counselling Techniques. Study this Counselling theory and techniques course by distance learning. Start at any time to suit you


  • An in depth study of the theory of counselling techniques.

  • Develop your understanding of the major theoretical approaches to counselling and their application to the counselling process. The course does not adopt a particular stance but provides an overview and awareness of different types of therapy.
  • Learn about the different types of therapy that can be used to help clients. If you are a counsellor or want to be one, this is an indispensable part of your training or professional development.

    Course Aim: "Explain the key principles and applications of different theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, including the theories of Freud, Erikson, Adler, Ellis, Rogers, Beck, and others."



Train as a Creative Therapist

Are you a counsellor who would like to become involved in creative therapies?

Or an artist or dancer or singer or craftsperson who would like to also help people to improve their mental and physical health?

Or would you like to start a brand new careers as a creative therapist?

This is the course for you.

Learn about counselling skills, working with individuals and groups and a range of creative therapies, such as art therapy, psychodrama, singing and music therapy, craft therapy, writing therapy and more.

Study at your own pace and start at a time to suit you.

Improve your job and career prospects with this excellent course.



Study Criminal Profiling Online

This course is a useful qualification for anyone who is interested in investigating crimes, understanding criminal behaviour or working in crime or law enforcement.

Understanding how criminal profiles are developed.

Understand criminal behaviour.

Understand victimology and victim behaviour.



Develop an Understanding of the Criminal Mind

Profiling - when a crime has been committed a criminal psychologist may be called in to act as a criminal profiler. Many of us have an idea of what a profiler does through TV, cinema and crime novels. Criminal profiling involves a psychologist using his/her understanding of human behaviour, pathology and motivation to try to create a psychological profile of the offender. Profiles can be very accurate. The profiler can use information from the scene of the crime to infer behavioural characteristics of the person who committed the crime. The profiler will also use their knowledge of the "typical offender" who commits this sort of crime and predict how the offender is likely to behave in the future and what their physical appearance may be. Profiling can be very exciting, but there are not a lot of serial offenders around fortunately, so there are limited job prospects and training prospects. Once an offender has been apprehended, there are more opportunities for psychological intervention. It has been used in investigative police work, interrogation and police line up.

Develop your understanding of criminal psychology and how psychology is used in law enforcement and crime prevention.


Suitable for anyone who works within criminal justice, such as police, social workers, court workers, solicitors, lawyers, probation workers or anyone with an interest in the psychology of crime.



Study Crisis Counselling - develop your abilities to help clients in times of crisis

Crises happens to everyone, and intervention can take many forms, from family helping and support strategies to professional counselling strategies aimed at helping the individual cope with crisis in ways that reduce the negative psychological, physiological and behavioural effects of trauma on that person and his or her environment.

  • Develop your ability to effectively counsel and assist clients in times of crisis.
  • This course provides those already in the counselling or helping industries with knowledge and skills to give specialised counselling, and will contribute to comprehensive counselling training for those wishing to work in this field.



Discover the key physical and mental changes which take place over our lifetimes

This course provides a solid introduction to how people's psychology (attitudes/state of mind) develops throughout life. This is a course for people of any age in a counselling, supporting, or teaching capacity, who will benefit from understanding how physiological and psychological changes over the lifespan affect human behaviour. Parents and carers will gain greater insight into issues that present particular challenges at different stages of the lifespan, especially from adolescence to old age.

This subject examines changes across a broad range of topics including: motor skills and other psycho-physiological processes, problem solving abilities, conceptual understanding, acquisition of language, moral understanding, and identify formation, through to relationships, marriage, work-life balance and retirement.



Learn about developmental disorders in children including pervasive developmental disorders, behavioural disorders, and learning disorders

Developmental disorders are conditions that develop in childhood which can cause a serious impairment in specific areas of the child’s development - emotional, psychological, or intellectual. They arise during a child's development and often impair normal development.
Specific learning disorders usually involve developmental delays which are not a result of a lack of education or attributable to other mental health disorders. There is some controversy associated with classifying these specific disorders as mental health disorders since there is often no other psychopathology associated with them. The individual may have a problem with a particular area, e.g. reading, but is otherwise normal. Often, individuals have more than one learning deficit but no other psychopathology.


Behavioural disorders are those associated with problematic behaviours like difficulties with attention and concentration, hyperactivity, and conduct issues.   



Understand more about human behaviour in depth

 This is a 2 year full time course (or p/t) that will give you insights and a foundation to work more effectively with humans in any situation. 



When you study Ecotherapy Practice with ACS, you will:

Study nature-based therapy. 
Develop a program of ecotherapy activities.
Approach health and wellness holistically. 
Not need any prior knowledge. 

The course learning aims include: 
Develop knowledge of broad applications and benefits.
Explain theories underpinning ecotherapy practice which support its association with physical and mental health.
Evaluate and determine clients for whom ecotherapy may be appropriate.
Determine a broad range of resources and how to use them.
Explain ecotherapy applications that harness the use of different environments.
Explain ecotherapy applications that utilise plants in a variety of contexts.
Explain ecotherapy applications that utilise animals in a variety of contexts.
Explain ecotherapy applications that can be applied indoors.
Explain ecotherapy applications that utilise creative and artistic activities in a variety of contexts.
Formulate professional wellness advice that blends with other health and wellbeing initiatives.




Understanding Ecotherapy

Learn how to include nature, from animals to plants, into professional therapies, as well as how to assess suitable ecotherapy sites.




Find out how to facilitate people's learning

To gain a better insight into learning strategies it is necessary to understand how information is processed - from auditory or written information to memory. Having a sound insight into what motivates people to learn and how to address the needs of different types of learners is also paramount.   

This course will help parents, teachers, training officers or others who would like to understand the psychological processes that affect and assist learning. It applies theory and research findings from the field  of psychology to make learning more enjoyable and more likely to succeed.

Understand how people learn, and how to apply that understanding to bring about changes in people of all ages. This course will benefit a wide range of people from parents (understanding of how their children develop) to teachers/trainers and welfare workers or leisure professionals (e.g. youth leaders).



Study Family Counselling by Distance Learning

  • Understand family dynamics and problems that typically arise in families.

  • Learn techniques to conduct therapy sessions for families.

  • Assist with resolving problems in families.

  • Help families to build positive relationships.

  • Learn how to build a positive relationship with your client.

  • Improve your job and careers prospects in the field of counselling and caring.

  • Or, study for your own personal interest to learn more about helping families in distress.



Study organisational psychology online at home to work in:

  • human resources,
  • as an industrial psychology advisor
  • or personnel manager.


Access guidance of your tutor, 5 days a week.



Grief Counselling Training Course - understand bereavement and loss to help support others

What is grief, why is it usually healthy and normal, and how can you help someone suffering grief?

Everyone suffers grief at some stage; and for some helping others deal with grief can be a significant part of their job.

Grief is either uncomplicated – “normal” grief or complicated. This is the reaction of a loved one to loss. Some grieving individuals may display symptoms that are characteristic of a Major Depressive Episode eg. Sadness, insomnia, poor appetite, weight loss. The bereaved person may think the depressed mood is “normal”, but others may seek professional help for the attendant symptoms, such as insomnia. The duration and expression of “normal” bereavement varies among different cultural groups.

  • This course provides a sound basis for understanding and working with grief, as a counsellor or in any other capacity where such an understanding is required.



Study Industrial Psychology - learn about the operation of the workplace and how to motivate staff and improve staff performance.

  • This course helps develop knowledge and skills for anyone involved in workplace situations, such as managers, supervisors, small business owners, union representatives, etc.
  • Understand how and why people behave as they do in the workplace.
  • Learn ways to motivate staff and improve their performance.
  • Learn about ways to recruit staff for roles.


What Our Students Are Saying

"Very much valuable. The course is designed in a manner that learning is not limited. I am gaining lot of knowledge through the course. The assignments are really good as it help the students to think out-of-the box and answer. I am very happy doing this course as I am gaining a lot of insight. Also, professionalism and the support being extended by my tutor and admin team (Elaine and team) is really great and I am thankful to them."

C.V. Lakshmi, Industrial Psychology course



Distance Education - Start Your Psychology Studies Here

  • Develop a solid foundation in psychology including the nature and scope of psychology, neurological and environmental effects on behaviour, personality, consciousness, perception, needs, drives and motivation.
  • Start building an ability to analyse aspects of a persons psychological state and apply derived knowledge to motivate that person.
  • Gain a greater insight into the human mind and how it works. A must for any student of human behaviour.
  • This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about human behaviour and psychological theories and research.



Life Coach Training - Open Learning Course

ACS Distance Education is an organisational member of the Association For Coaching. Students on the course are eligible to join the association as student members.
Life coaching is a rewarding and fulfilling career. This course will teach you how to help others. Support them to lose weight, be promoted, find a new career, resolve difficult problems. It will enable people in health, fitness, counselling, social work and other professions to help others set and achieve life goals. Develop your skills in setting and achieving goals, not only for yourself but for those who seek your assistance. Some students who have prior experience or training in a related field such as health, fitness, counselling, social work, psychology or naturopathy.

This course will enable people in health, fitness, counselling, social work etc to help others set and achieve life goals. Develop an appreciation of how different perceptions of the world can be just as critical as knowledge, skill and opportunity in a person's success or failure. The course also covers such things as coaching processes, coaching skills and goal setting; and is equally relevant to developing both physical and psychological well being in the client.


ACS is now an organisational member (OMAC) of the Association for Coaching (UK)



Mental Health Training Course - Study by distance learning for professional development or personal interest

  • Does someone you know and love suffer from a mental health condition?
  • Do you work with people with mental health conditions?

These days, most people will be affected in some way by mental health issues - whether it is themselves, or someone they are close to.

Study Managing Mental Health In Adults -

  • Gain a depth of knowledge about good mental health - what it is, how to develop it, and how to maintain it.
  • Consider specific mental health conditions.
  • Benefit from practical advice for dealing with mental health conditions.

This course is valuable to study by itself, or in combination with other psychology or counselling courses as part of a qualification.




Develop your ability to understand how an understanding of Psychology can be applied to marketing

Market segmentation focuses on the consumer end of the market. It breaks away from the old-fashioned view that consumers were one large undifferentiated market. Instead it focuses on target groups. Segmentation is the backbone of the marketing concept. Marketing Psychology looks at this and much more...

Once a niche in the market has been identified, a product can be positioned in the market place.

Today marketers are able to target their market segment and send personalised communications. This is known as a segment of one and is a return to producer-consumer relations that existed prior to mass production.

Why do people choose to buy something?
What influences their thinking to decide one way rather than another?



Multicultural Awareness - Understanding Cultural Diversity

The world is becoming more globalised. Cities are becoming cultural melting pots, we are exposed to global news and issues, people are frequently travelling internationally, international business is booming, people are connecting over the internet all over the world.

Experiencing and connecting with people from different cultures can be interesting and enriching, but it can lead to challenges. With an increased understanding of cultural diversity we are able to optimise positive interaction with people from diverse backgrounds and help people understand and integrate into cultures that are different to their own.

This course is valuable for anybody who works or deals with people from a different culture, or has an interest in understanding different cultures.







During this Neurodiversity Course –

Students will understand more about the impact of neurodiversity on individuals in their personal and professional lives.

Students will be inspired by their learning and want to take their research and reading beyond the course materials.

Understand the myths and misconceptions about neurodiversity and how neurodiverse individuals can benefit organisations through their problem solving skills, creativity and ways of thinking.





Learn how people are affected by anatomical and physiological characteristics of their nervous system

The nervous system allows humans to adapt to changes. Changes can occur from inside the body (e.g. too little oxygen while running), or from outside (e.g. the anticipation of food or the chill of a winter wind). The nervous system will perceive the change and will take actions to adjust to it through homeostasis. The nervous system is rather like the look-out on a river boat - it monitors conditions and gives warnings when something unusual or dangerous is ahead. Once the warning is received, the body is able to take steps to avoid or correct the situation. The nervous system has to be highly complex to be able to perform such sophisticated services.

The nervous system is made up vast networks of connected nerve cells which transmit messages to keeping the body alive and functioning, and our minds working. To understand how nerve cells interact, we must learn about their individual structure and behaviours. This course provides a different perspective on psychology; with insights into how symptoms of psychological disorders can reveal the physical condition of a person's nervous system. 

It is a fascinating area of study for anyone interested in either psychology or human biology; and a useful course for anyone working in areas related to health or psychology.





Learn how to apply play therapy for emotional healing

Play therapy is a therapeutic approach which can be used to help children express their thoughts and feelings through play. Although it is mostly used with children between the ages of 3 and 12 years, more recently it has also be used with older children and infants as well as special populations of adults such as people living with dementia, adults with emotional disturbances and those with developmental disabilities. As with other psychotherapies, the goal of play therapy is to help individuals attain improvement in psychological health and wellbeing.




Find out how to enhance the service you offer to your clients

Do you work in counselling or another therapy? Are you thinking of setting up your own professional practice? If so, then this course could be valuable for you. It will help you to develop your understanding of appropriate practices and procedures within the counselling profession to assist you in building stronger relationships with clients.

Students will also gain knowledge of psychological theories into the self, personality and emotions, and see how they can affect the counselling process. There is also an introduction to some of the more commonly seen psychological disorders and advice on when to refer clients to other professionals.

Recommended Pre-requisites: "Introduction to Psychology" (or equivalent)



Professional Supervision for counsellors and care workers

Are you an experienced counsellor looking to upskill?

Counsellors play an important role in supporting clients to resolve issues in their lives. The process can take it's toll on the counsellor, and they will need to be careful to make sure they are looking after themselves appropriately to avoid burnout. 

Every counsellor's self-care plan should include supervision. This is an opportunity for counsellors to debrief, gain understanding and support, build skills and knowledge, and gain guidance from a more experienced counsellor.

This course teaches the experienced counsellor or care worker to be an effective professional supervisor.



Study Psychological Assessment by distance learning

  • Learn to determine why and when to use psychological assessment.
  • Develop an understanding of the different types of assessment available (e.g. Behavioural Assessment, Wechsler Intelligence and Memory Scales, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, etc.).

Psychological tests assess and evaluate information that is given to the examiner by the client. This information is in the form of answers to interview questions or as answers on paper-or on a computer-to specific questions. Ultimately, a test's accuracy depends on how carefully and seriously the client answers the questions they are asked.

Start at any time and study with the support and guidance of our expert Psychology Tutors.



Psychology And Counselling Course - a combined course

Psychology is a science; it is the study of human and animal behaviour. Some say the study of mind or the brain, whilst others consider it to be the study of personality. Psychology considers what motivates people to do what they do.


What our students say

[My tutor] provides great feedback and encouragement. [The course] allows you and asks you to apply your life experiences first hand to the assignments, and is designed to give you room to creatively think and explain the readings, while also digging deeper into the research that's available via internet, books, online library etc.

 Erin Miller, Psychology and Counselling


Start at any time!

You can enrol today and also get three psychology and counselling eBooks recommended by our Psychology Tutors:



PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (Drugs & Psychology) BPS302

Discover how drugs and other substances alter the body and mind

This extremely interesting course teaches students about psychopharmacology - the ways in which licit and illicit drugs affect people by altering bodily sensations, levels of consciousness, thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.

The history of drugs can be traced back to the beginnings of the human race. Records suggest that alcohol was made, drunk and used to excess as far back as earliest civilisations. Tobacco, cannabis, opium and other substances derived from plants have been chewed and smoked for at least as long as alcohol has been consumed but most likely earlier. Coffee has been served in the Middle East throughout the area's history.

This course unveils the use and effects of a variety of drugs on the individual and society. Learn about addiction, dependence, abuse, tolerance and withdrawal.






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.




Psychology is a exciting and developing field. This course will enable you to develop your understanding of the field of psychology. Psychology is useful in many different careers, from law, human resources, personnel, marketing, social work, youth work, counseling and many more.

This course is different and unique, allowing you to gain a solid and broad base foundation in theoretical psychology at the same time as developing a variety of practical skills that will be useful in the workplace. Graduates are not psychologists (A psychologist needs higher university qualifications), but they will have a capacity to apply psychology in real life situations (e.g. as a manager, a counsellor, a marketer or a consultant).



This certificate is designed for people working with children or teenagers; or interested in a pursuing a career of working with youth.

What is psychology? 

You might not be sure about what exactly psychology is. Psychology is a science. It is the study of human and animal behaviour. Some say the study of mind or the brain. Whilst others consider it to be the study of personality. Psychology considers what motivates people to do what they do.

This course is concerned with how a person develops throughout their childhood. Maternal Behaviour and Attachment is just one interesting topic covered in the Child Development course.


Maternal Behaviour and Attachment Formation

Many mothers would no doubt like to know exactly what maternal actions and attitudes will elicit a healthy degree of attachment in their children. Psychologists know that the failure to develop a healthy attachment to the caregiver can lead to all sorts of problems; among others it can lead to cognitive deficiencies, delinquency and anti social behaviour


The type of relationship we develop as an infant can continue to affect our relationships in the future. Many of the most successful psychotherapists base their methods of counselling on this belief. People become stuck in the same pattern of relating to others. Often this pattern was established in very early childhood, before our conscious memory.

It is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the mind of a child and the way it changes and develops as they grow toward adolescence and eventually adulthood



Learn about the links between the physical and psychological conditions in a human being

Biopsychology is also known as "Physiological Psychology", "Psychobiology" or "Biological Psychology".

Physiology is the study of the way living organisms function. It can encompass the way things move, chemical and bodily processes, growth, atrophy, and anything else that supports or causes physical or chemical changes to occur within the body. Therefore, it differs from anatomy, which is the study of the physical structure of the body.

There are obvious, observable or measurable associations between the physiology and the psychology of a person. For example, the mind and emotions can be affected by chemical processes caused by different foods, such as the soothing effects of bananas and carbohydrates. Intake of other substances, such as alcohol or other drugs, can affect the psychological state of a person. On the other hand, emotions can cause physiological responses. For instance, when people become stressed, their blood vessels may contract and the heart rate may increase. It has also been shown that focusing on positive thoughts such as love, appreciation or gratitude can cause immediate improvement in immune system function and regulate heart rhythm.

This certificate is designed for people who already have knowledge of psychology, but are limited in their knowledge of biopsychology. They may be a graduate of another course at certificate, diploma or even degree level.



A foundation certificate, aimed at people working or looking to work in care or health care services. This course can also be used as a first step toward our Diploma in Counselling and Psychology.

What is Counselling?

Many people go through times when they find their lives overwhelming or distressing. This may be due to bereavement, illness, family crisis, relationship breakdown and so on. They may find it hard to cope or not have the resources to deal with the problem. Counselling can help them to retain their self-sufficiency, build better relationships and help them to make and act on their choices. Before moving on to specific skills, it is important to just repeat what counselling is.


Counselling means different things to different people. It is not a get well quick option, offering quick answers, but is asking the person to engage in a process and an exploration. There are many definitions of counselling. A simple version is that counselling is a working relationship where the client is helped to manage what is happening in their life and to explore their life. It is a form of psychological or talking therapy that offers people the ability to change how they live and feel. The aim of counselling is to provide the client with a more satisfying experience of life. Everyone has different needs, so counselling can be concerned with many different aspects of a person’s life.



Gain a good Insight into Psychology

It is useful as a first step to further study, as an employment aid for those working in related fields, as a social tool for those wishing to understand more about the behaviour of themselves and others around them, or simply to broaden one’ s horizons. Psychology is a fascinating subject area that pervades our everyday lives. This course introduces the student to many well-documented psychological phenomena which will hopefully inspire them to want to know more.

Penny Dawes Certificate in Psychology, Completed November 2007  After ten years as a nurse, Penny Dawes was ready to try something new but the thought of going back to study after such a long break was unnerving. She decided to ease herself into the routine of studying and assignments by doing a Certificate in Psychology through ACS Distance Education.  click through for more detail



This course is a vocational course aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in counselling

It contains a practical element that not only complements the theory, but also prepares the student for real-life counselling situations. This course is an exceptionally solid foundation for a career in counselling.
  • 1,500 hours, 15 modules including practical component
  • Prepares the student for real-life counselling situations.
  • Exceptional tutors (Experienced and highly qualified psychologists and counsellors from the UK and Australia)
  • An internationally (IARC) endorsed qualification,
  • Recognised training with the Complimentary Medicine Association.
  • Provides 50% credit toward our degree level program click for details



Psychology is a wide and diverse field of study

This "specialised Qualification" enables you to specialise in a certain area of psychology. There is a set syllabus consisting generally of 30 lessons that relate to a particular specialist theme. A Proficiency Award allows you to study subjects in a highly specialised area. You select and study three short courses of your own choice, which relate to each other (e.g. Three counselling or three courses related to human development and education). In addition, you must complete 200 hrs of approved work experience before receiving the award. Approval of course structure must be obtained before enrolling.This is awarded on completion of:
  1. Three psychology courses (300 hours in total)
  2. A workplace project or work experience (approved by a tutor and equal to 200 hours duration)



Relationships Counselling Course - Learn to Understand and Improve Relationships

This course is suitable for anyone working with people in difficult circumstances and who want to help.

Suitable for counsellors, telephone counsellors, child and family workers, teachers, educational staff, social workers, helpline workers, volunteers, and more.

  • Good relationships make life happy, purposeful and less stressed.
  • Bad relationships are unproductive.
  • An understanding of the psychology of relationships will develop your capacity to help yourself, and help others, to a happier, more fulfilled life - at home, at work, at play. 

You can start the course at any time. You study by distance learning with the support and guidance of our excellent specialist tutors.

Enrol today and receive three free eBooks, recommended by our Psychology Tutors, and related to the course.




What goes on in the mind when people get together?

Man is a social animal, and as such, it is very important to understand the psychology of how we interact with each other, or act as a group rather than as an individual.

Social psychology is concerned with studying the way people interact within groups. Given that most people work with other people, social interaction is natural at work. Some of this is informal, such as conversations with colleagues. Other contacts are more formal, such as the interaction of a working group carrying out a specific task in an organisation.

Social psychology can also involve interactions in other groups as well (e.g. social, clubs, societies, associations, churches, families, etc); though the main focus of this lesson should be interactions in a work situation.

Work groups are different in that they are compulsory groups, and the individual does not have much opportunity to choose whether to participate or not in the group.

Individuals differ from each other in many ways -physically, mentally, and psychologically -but just as individuals differ so within a group. They differ according to the physical work which the group is performing as a whole, or according to the mentality and psychological make up of the members. A group can be called a collection of people, but no two collections of people are the same. The differences between some groups may be very large (e.g. the difference between a temporary group and a permanent highly organised group.



Study Sports Psychology - understand techniques and approaches to motivating people in sport

"State of mind" can be just as important as physical ability when playing sport. Everyone from amateurs to professionals can not only perform better, but also benefit more psychologically from participation in sport if they understand the mind better.

  • Develop your skills and understanding of psychological principles for use in sports.
  • Learn psychological traits common to successful athletes, ways to maintain and increase motivation, leadership, aggression and team dynamics.
  • A course for athletes, coaches, personal trainers, and also beneficial to amateurs wanting to improve their game.
  • Enrol on this course today and, in addition to receiving high quality learning materials and enthusiastic support from our tutors.

Our Students say:

"The course was useful for my goalkeeper coaching practices. [It} met my expectations and gave me some good insights; I liked the way the course was structured, especially the way I could work at my own pace WITHOUT any pressure. The course has specifically helped with ideas for motivating players."

Mario Rimati, Football Coach & Phys Ed Teacher, Italy - Sports Psychology



What is Stress?

It is important to recognize whether you or someone you know or a client is under stress. Often, even if we are under the influence of a stressful condition and our body reacts to it internally as well as externally, we fail to realize the symptoms of our stress. This also happens when the causes of stress are there long enough for us to get used to them. The body may try to tell us that it is stressed or that something is wrong, through symptoms such as:

  • heart palpitations
  • dizzy spells
  • tight and sore muscles or
  • various body pains and conditions
  • blurry vision
  • inability to eat or over-eating
  • loss of interest in usual activities
  • unexpected emotional reactions and more…

It is important to remain attentive to such symptoms and to have a stress management system in place to counter the adverse affects of stress. Anxiety, tension, mental and emotional strain are all common problems in todays society. This course introduces you to some practical approaches to combating stress



Learn all you need for successful telehealth skills and management!  
20-hour online course is relevant to anyone working in health. 
Technology has changed ways in delivering health services. 
Use technologies designed to meet health requirements of patients. 
Telehealth may also be used for training healthcare workers, and meetings of staff or more.