Advanced Psychology Level 4

Our course code: X406

Course fee £445 or from £34 per month

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This Advanced Psychology course is designed for people who wish to gain an advanced understanding of principles and practice of Psychology. Are you fascinated by people? Curious about human nature? Have you ever wondered why you are afraid of heights or small spaces, and what you can do to cure yourself? Have you ever despaired over the prejudice and discrimination in the world and wondered what can be done about it?

You’ll find this online Advanced Psychology course a source of constant fascination. Covering areas of psychology from child development to emotional disorders and social psychology, our online psychology course will give you an advanced understanding of the various approaches to this fascinating study of human thought and behaviour.

This course covers everything from social and cognitive psychology to child development, research methods and atypical behaviour. This course is ideal for anyone considering further study in psychology or has an interest in the field.

Psychology is used in numerous industries including marketing, education, and human resources. Whether you are working in the mental health industry or are just looking to learn more about human behaviour, this course will give you the knowledge necessary to understand why people do the things they do.

If you wish to build your career in psychology, you could continue your training and education to become a practising psychologist working in mental health clinics, education and social services, health agencies, prisons and so much more …

On this Advanced Psychology Level 4 course you will:

  • Increase your knowledge and develop a better understanding of the theory applied to the practical aspects of social, cognitive, development and adaptive behaviour
  • Fully understand research methods and interpretation of research data.


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

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 200 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.


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.

Course Outcomes




This course is fully accredited by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 4

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

Course Content

1: New Approaches in Psychology

The first unit introduces you to the philosophical beginnings and foundations of new thinking in psychology. You’ll look at modern personality types, the four humours, types of memory, personal responsibility, and psychologists such as William James and Carl Jung.

2: Bio-Psychology

In this unit, you’ll uncover the roots of bio-psychology: the nature and nurture approach. You’ll also consider schools of thought on intelligence, with particular focus on theorists Binet and Thorndike.

3: Attachment Theory Today

In this unit, you’ll learn about Attachment Theory in detail, including the four styles of attachment, behaviours associated with avoidance attachment in children, as well as the work of Mary Ainsworth.

4: Humanistic Psychology and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

In this unit, you’ll gain insight into various theories, including the Cooley’s looking glass self, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Freud’s view on self-esteem, and Carl Rogers’ fully-functioning person model.

5: Human Development

In this unit, you’ll acquire knowledge of varying types of human development, including factors influencing early cognitive development, child development, neurological and brain development, holistic development, and theoretical perspectives in relation to development.

6: The Person-Centred Approach: Achieving Mental Health

In this unit, you’ll explore the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers, with insight into psychotherapy and unconditional acceptance, changing approaches to mental health treatments, the value of self, existentialism, and theorist Alfred Adler.

7: Modern Echoes of Bandura's Social Learning Theory

In this unit, you’ll become familiar with Social Learning Theory developed by Albert Bandura, with insight into developmental psychology, behaviourism, the discipline dilemma for schools, reinforcement, and unethical means of investigating children’s learning.

8: Radical Behaviourism
9: Memory and Learning

In this unit, you’ll examine the Memory Studies Approach, with particular focus on German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus and his memory experiments, forgetting curve, hypothesis, and his best methods for increasing strength and memory.

10: The Seven Sins of Memory

In this unit, you’ll continue to cover the Memory Studies Approach, with particular emphasis on semantic and episodic memory, and Daniel Schacter’s Seven Sins of Memory.

11: Knowing is a Process (Not a Product)

In this unit, you’ll develop knowledge of Jerome Bruner and his theories, with particular insight into his Processes in Education, Spiral Curriculum, MACOS project involvement, and The Culture of Education.

12: Cognitive Behaviourism and Latent Learning

In this unit, you’ll acknowledge the effects of latent learning in relation to the principles of Gestalt psychology, Tolman’s Maze and cognitive map concept, as well as metal states as a result of behaviour.

13: Applications of Cognitive Behaviour Theory (CBT)

In this unit, you’ll study various applications of Cognitive Behaviour Theory, including information on conditioned responses, unlearning a response, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour rituals. With insight into Ivan Pavlov, Paul Salkovskis and panic disorders.

14: Psychoanalysis

This unit explores the concepts of mind/body dualism, subconscious trauma and stream of consciousness. You’ll also contemplate the early beginnings of hypnosis, conflicts that exist in the unconscious, psychic tension, and Freud’s emphasis on childhood development and personal history.

15: Conformism and the Asch Paradigm

In this final unit, you’ll examine the work of Solomon Asch, including insight into Asch’s paradigm, as well as his studies on conformity and obedience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You don't need any prior skills in the subject area to start this course. However, you need to have completed your Level 3 in Psychology (or equivalent, e.g. social sciences or counselling) before commencing this course.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

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