Educational psychologists help children to reach their full potential by helping them overcome difficulties they might be having with learning or the classroom environment. They fulfil an incredibly important role, and can literally make the difference between educational success and failure in a child’s life. If you think you’d like to take on this challenging, yet immensely rewarding career as an educational psychologist, then our Educational Psychology Level 3 course is a great place to start.
What You'll Learn On This Educational Psychology Course
You’ll learn all about the learning process and different learning styles, key approaches in educational psychology, and how challenging behaviour can be effectively addressed. You’ll delve into the fascinating topic of developmental psychology, along with how to help children to learn and thrive in the classroom by paying attention to their individual learning styles.
So, whether you're striving for a new vocation or you'd simply like to learn a little more about a fascinating subject, our level 3 educational psychology course is ideal. You'll study in your own time, and at your own pace, making it the perfect choice if you need to fit learning around work and family commitments.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - What is Educational Psychology?
In unit one, you’ll take a look at exactly what educational psychology is, what doing this as a job really involves, and some major perspectives that might influence your work along the way. You’ll delve into the behavioural perspective, classical conditioning, along with key frameworks such as structuralism and post-structuralism. You’ll also investigate some of the theories that describe and explain the way in which children develop into adults, such as nature vs nurture, and continuity vs discontinuity.
Unit 2 - The Learning Process
Next, you’ll take an in-depth look at the learning process, and the role teachers play in facilitating it. You’ll examine how memory works, the role of higher order thinking, along with emotions and motivation.
Unit 3 - Learning Outcomes
In the third unit, you’ll study the difference between summative and formative assessments, and the importance of assessment in general in educational psychology. You’ll look at how to create a diverse and dynamic learning environment, and gain an appreciation of the importance of feedback.
Unit 4 - Learning Styles
As you move on to unit four, you’ll investigate different learning styles, and what they mean. You’ll find out how to use a VARK assessment with students, and study Honey and Mumford’s learning style categorisations.
Unit 5 - Key Approaches in Educational Psychology
Moving on, you’ll take a look at some behavioural psychology models, such as operant and classical conditioning. You’ll study cognitive applications to learning, and the work of psychologists such as Piaget, Vvgotsky, and Bruner.
Unit 6 - Special Education
In the sixth unit, you’ll gain an understanding of a range of learning difficulties, disabilities, and psychiatric conditions. Furthermore, you’ll learn the range of symptoms and behaviours associated with these disorders.
Unit 7 - Challenging Behaviour
Next, you’ll try to define exactly what is meant by ‘challenging behaviour’, the triggers that can be associated by it, and the range of de-escalation techniques that can be used with students who exhibit this kind of behaviour.
Unit 8 - Developmental Psychology
During unit eight, you’ll investigate a range of lifespan development theories, and the complex developmental psychology models for each life stage of life.
Unit 9 - Motivation and Needs
In unit nine, you’ll study intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, what both of these terms mean in the context of educational psychology. You’ll learn about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and understand the role of emotion in motivation.
Unit 10 - Gender and Cultural Diversity
Here, you’ll look at how diversity and equality can be championed in the classroom, and how you can be considerate and inclusive of different groups and minorities.
Unit 11 - Teaching and Listening
In the final unit, you’ll be able to describe modern classroom dynamics, change and fluidity. You’ll also discover several important skills, such as active listening and communication when facilitating learning.
At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary which lists the details of all of the units you have completed as part of your course.
How is this course assessed or examined?
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, 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.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.