Advanced Psychology Level 4

Our advanced psychology Level 4 gives you an advanced exploration of the complexities of human nature.

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Overview

Is there anything more fascinating than the intricacies of the human thought process? On this level 4 psychology course, you’ll not only gain a greater understanding of the behaviour of others, you’ll also open a window into your own mind, too. This can build self-confidence, improve your relationships, as well as enhance your communication skills. Additionally, the skills you’ll learn studying psychology are invaluable for a huge range of professions, from education and human resources to life coaching.

Explore the intricacies of the human thought process with this advanced psychology course

In this advanced psychology course, you’ll explore theories from great thinkers such as William James and Carl Jung, as well as Freud. You’ll uncover the roots of biopsychology, investigate attachment theory through the pioneering work of Mary Ainsworth, and delve into humanistic psychology with Maslow and Cooley’s influential models. Moving on, you’ll discover how techniques such as CBT can be used to relieve anxiety and halt destructive behaviours and take a look at the fascinating history of psychoanalysis. As you learn all this and much more, you’ll study psychology in your own time, at your own pace.

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What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Psychological Approaches

Step into the world of psychology and discover both philosophical and scientific theories through the works of Rene Descartes and Charles Darwin. Uncover the works of influential scholars such as William James, Carl Jung and Donald Woods Winnicott. You’ll look at the idea of ‘accessible’ memory and get to grips with modern personality types and the four humours. In this unit, you’ll also delve into one of the oldest psychological debates: Nature vs Nurture and the schools of thought on intelligence.

Unit 2 - Cognitive Psychology

In this unit, you’ll look at memory and its function in more depth and understand the use of mnemonics and repetition to help improve memory. You’ll explore the works of Giordano Bruno in ‘The Art of Memory’ and the ideas surrounding semantic and episodic memory and the seven sins of memory in context.

Unit 3 - Insight into Cognitive Behaviourism

Explore the introduction of Cognitive behavioural theory (CBT) and how it is used to help treat individuals suffering from OCD and panic disorders. Here you’ll also learn about conditional/unconditional responses and how this can influence behaviour.

Unit 4 - Social Psychology

Here you’ll learn about the power of conformity and how it influences social development, mentality, beliefs, behaviours and obedience.

Unit 5 - Child and Educational Psychology

Discover the biological systems which influence child development and the factors that influence early cognitive development such as environment, sensory development, nutrition and genetics. You’ll learn about Piagets’ stages of cognitive development, brain development, holistic development and approaches in education to theoretical perspectives in relation to child development.

Unit 6 - Individual Psychology

In this unit, you’ll touch upon the theories of self-esteem, and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and come to understand the ‘fully functioning person’ model.

Unit 7 - Psychoanalysis

Originating from the works of Freud which focus on unconscious thoughts, this unit explores subconscious trauma, hypnosis and consciousness.

Unit 8 - The Person-centred Approach of Mental Health

In this final unit, you will explore the ever-changing approaches to mental health treatments. You’ll learn about the role of psychotherapy and unconditional acceptance whilst exploring existentialism and the value of the ‘True Self’. You’ll even investigate how to find a balance between our True Self and co-existing with the Other and the value of self: how to avoid ‘inferiority’ and ‘superiority’ complexes.

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Awarding Body

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NCFE is the leader in vocational and technical learning committed to powering a more intelligent education eco-system. We combine over 170 years of experience with deep insight into what is needed and what works.

From world-class qualifications and content to new assessment methodologies, from innovative technology platforms to partnership opportunities with our network of expert collaborators – NCFE galvanises the education sector to shape the most innovative solutions for individual learning needs.  In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

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ACCPH is an independent, self-regulated UK professional body for qualified counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. They serve people with nationally recognised qualifications from home study or distance learning students. Accepting members from all six modalities, including those ‘non-standard’ techniques such as Spiritual Coaching and Neuroscience amongst other approaches.

Course Outcome

This course is fully endorsed by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), meaning that once you've completed it, you'll be able to register as a student member. 

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Entry requirements

You will need to have completed Level 3 Psychology (or equivalent, e.g. social sciences or counselling) before starting this course.

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Is it too late to start a career in psychology?

It’s never too late to start a career in psychology, whether you’re considering changing direction after studies in an unrelated field, or you want a fresh start after years or decades following a different path. Studying psychology online is easy, flexible and convenient, which opens up this exciting field to everyone – regardless of age or previous experience.

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How do I start a career in psychology?

You could begin with an introductory course that covers a selection of psychological practices. This could be at GCSE level or even a level 3 psychology course. 

From here, you could study a more specialised course such as educational psychology, an advanced diploma in psychology, or neuro-linguistic programming. And if you wish, you can use your new knowledge to apply for a university-level course.

Once you’ve got some qualifications under your belt, you can start applying for jobs in your chosen field of psychology.

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Why study psychology with Oxbridge?

We offer courses for beginners through to more advanced levels, so there will be a course to suit everyone’s experience and ability. All of our courses are created by industry experts and taught online by experienced tutors.

The best part is that all our courses are flexible, which is perfect if you’re in full-time employment or have other commitments preventing you from attending a physical location to study.

Are you ready to join the hundreds of recently enrolled students of all ages and backgrounds, enhancing their careers through an online psychology course with Oxbridge? Enrol online or speak to a learning adviser for more information or advice.

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Is being a psychologist stressful?

Psychologists can often work long or unsociable hours, alongside patients in difficult situations. For these reasons, at times some people may find psychology to be a stressful career. That said, it’s rarely a boring vocation, and it can frequently be incredibly rewarding.

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How can I learn psychology on my own?

We get it; you want to become a psychologist but don’t want to upheave your entire life to retrain or study. You also may not be too thrilled at the idea of being forced to learn at the pace of a whole class. Instead, you want to qualify by yourself.

That’s where online psychology courses come in. Once you’ve enrolled, you simply log into your learning portal and study at a time and pace that suits you. And if you do need additional help and support, you can request an online one-to-one with your personal tutor.

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Is a career in psychology for me?

If you have a deep interest in the workings of the human mind and behaviour, and you want a challenging career working closely with people, then psychology may be the career for you.

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Selecting GCSEs is a highly personal decision that will be influenced by factors such as your educational and career goals, your skills and strengths, and the subjects you enjoy (or don’t enjoy). To help you decide on the right GCSEs for you and your future, we’ve written a detailed guide on choosing GCSE subjects.

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