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