Child Psychology Diploma

Child Psychology Diploma
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If you are looking to embark on a career where you want to work with children and make a positive difference to a young person’s life, then this career is for you!

Child psychology is not only an extraordinarily interesting subject; it also holds the valuable key to assisting and nurturing the strong and healthy development of children.

With the relevant skills, knowledge, essential insights and personal attitudes, child psychology presents a great direction towards rewarding life-long career opportunities.

What will I learn?

This Child Psychology Diploma will provide you with a complete overview of this subject, enabling you to start your journey towards your new career.

Why should I enrol onto this course?

Enrol onto this course and you will find an incredible array of new career paths to explore, along with the opportunity for further education at even higher levels.

This information packed programme, comprising of 20 easy and manageable modules, will give you everything you need to know about child psychology to push yourself forward in your chosen career.

This programme is accessible on any device with access to the Internet. Complete with online support throughout, it gives you the flexibility to study from anywhere, at a time that best fits around your existing commitments.


This in-depth Child Psychology course will provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the development of children and will give you an integral insight into why children behave the way they do.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

Explore social development during the first year of life, including the social smile and onset of fear of strangers.

Recognise the formation of attachment and the consequences/implications of Breakdowns in attachment and the necessary factors necessary to bring about attachment.

Explore Maternal Deprivation and the evidence that links maternal deprivation with a range of problems, including delinquency, affectionless psychopathy, depression and lack of language and intellectual development

Understand the relevance of animal studies to the study of human attachment, with particular reference to Harlow.

Understand the effects of home, family and school, with particular emphasis on the importance of the relationship of a father, sibling and peer to a child.

Recognise the nature and purpose of research and discover how to form a hypothesis for an experiment and evaluate the development of Visual Perception and Identify why problems occur in studying newborn infants.

Investigate and outline the three main stages of language development define the term ‘language’ as you understand it.

Get to grips with the theories of development of language and communication both verbal and non-verbal, such as gestures etc as well as comparison with non-human primates.

Discover the theories of intelligence and establish how much of a child’s intelligence is genetically determined as well realise the influence of his/her environment.

Discover alternatives to IQ testing and determine whether early years experiences decisive for later development.

Study the child as an individual; discover how they think with Piagets theory of cognitive development; including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.

Gain knowledge of Learning Theory, and establish how behavior is acquired.

Explore moral development in psychological terms; investigate moral behaviour, moral feelings and moral judgment.

Understand what is meant by the term ‘libido’ and explore the following in detail:

  • Id
  • Ego
  • Superego

Discover the major way in which moral behaviours are learnt and the factors that influence a child’s moral behavior understand the critical event in the development of morality.

Discover the different pairs of stories in which Piaget told children to investigate their judgments about stealing and lying and analyse Kohlberg’s levels of moral development and learn what is meant by ‘invariant order’.

Evaluate the development of gender roles, looking at what the typical masculine and feminine sex roles consist of.

Discuss what conclusions could be drawn from the studies with monkeys who were injected with testosterone.

Explore the concept of ‘aggression’ and understand the two main methods of investigating the biological bases of aggression.

Learn what is meant by the ‘frustration-aggression’ hypothesis.

Ascertain why a psychologist might choose to conduct a naturalistic observational study rather than an experiment.

Look at disadvantages of the Experimental Method of investigation and evaluate when correlational studies are most often used and their main disadvantage.

Recognise the importance of play to learning.

Explore Piaget’s theory of play to learning and understand the relevance of psychological theories to pre-school education, the play and learning in nursery as well as play therapy.

Understand programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages. Discover learning and its effectiveness.

Investigate behaviour modification showing the kind of conditioning it is derived from and learn what “behaviour shaping” means.

  • The First Year of Life
  • The Formation of Attachments
  • Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments
  • The Home, Family and School
  • Basic Principles of Research Methods
  • The Development of Visual Perception
  • The Development of Language and Communication
  • Intelligence and Intelligence Testing
  • The Nature/Nurture Debate in the Study of Intelligence
  • Data Collection and Interpretation
  • How Children Think
  • Learning Theory - How Behaviour is Acquired
  • Freud's Psychodynamic Theory - An Alternative Approach
  • Moral Development
  • The Development of Gender Roles
  • Aggression in Children
  • Methods Used in Child Development Research
  • Play
  • Learning in School
  • Behaviour Modification
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
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