Educational Psychology Level 3

Our course code: X345

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Are you fascinated by the human learning process? Do you like the idea of nurturing young minds? What about working with families, schools and agencies to help young people grow into superstars by assessing learning difficulties, finding solutions and maximising their potential? If so, our Educational Psychology Level 3 teaches the foundations you need to move into further education. Also, it’ll broaden your mindset, helping you to make a bigger impact within the education system.

As emotional or learning difficulties often appear in early childhood, the demand for gently assertive educational psychologists is on the rise. Thus, schools are searching for credible people with backgrounds in child development, education and clinical psychology. Why? In short, it’s because these skills tell institutions and hiring managers that you’re focused on one thing – the well-being of its young learners and future leaders.

Furthermore, the right qualification tells employers you’ve got the knowledge to evaluate learning and emotional difficulties. Consequently, it’ll mean you can make wiser choices that make a difference. That’s why we’ve designed our Educational Psychology course to provide you with the early training you need to advance in this field. You’ll consider everything from the learning process to challenging behaviour, and cultural diversity.

If you’re looking for one of the following, our educational psychology course is for you:

  • Start a career in educational psychology
  • Qualify to validate your existing knowledge
  • Looking for knowledge to help children thrive in the classroom and at home

This online course helps you gain an understanding of principles and practice of psychology as applied to education and learning. As a result, you’ll require zero knowledge because we teach everything you need to know to progress.

On our Educational Psychology Level 3, you will:

  • Discover multiple theories and perspectives with educational psychology
  • Familiarise yourself with various types of assessment
  • Become aware of various student learning styles and differences
  • Understand the nature of special education needs
  • Recognise types of challenging behaviour, triggers, and managing techniques
  • Break down a range of lifespan development theories
  • Identify factors that determine student motivation
  • Gain perspective of diversity and equality in the classroom
  • Describe modern classroom dynamics, change and fluidity.

Designed to give people an understanding of principles and practice of psychology as applied to education and learning.

  • 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.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


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.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of completion and competency.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: What is Educational Psychology?

Discover multiple theories and perspectives with educational psychology in relation to how individuals think and feel. You’ll examine various psychology models, such as cognitive psychology, social learning theory, evolutionary psychology and biological theories, as well as psychodynamic theories on development. Finally, you’ll consider areas of developmental psychology, such as the nature/nurture debate, Erikson’s psychosocial stages of development, and the concepts ontology and epistemology.

2: The Learning Process

Find out why learning is a complex and interactive relationship between teacher and student. You’ll explore the whole process, looking at everything from attention to memory, language and organisation. Finally, you’ll examine higher order thinking, graphomotor, emotions, motivation and Robert Sternberg.

3: Learning Outcomes

Familiarise yourself with various types of assessment, such as summative and formative assessments. You’ll look at learning alone in groups, help and support, and tailoring classrooms to individual student needs. Considering learning styles, you’ll study peer and student self-assessments and record keeping. You’ll also contemplate the modern classroom, traditional outlets and crucial feedback to aid learning. Finally, you’ll gain insight of the role of the educational psychologist in facilitating learning outcomes.

4: Learning Styles

Become aware of various student learning styles and differences. You’ll ponder the VARK model and the work of Honey and Munford about types of people: activists, theorists, pragmatists and reflectors.

5: Key Approaches in Educational Psychology

Assimilate the concept of behaviourism by looking at two types of conditioning: classical and operant. You’ll understand the before and after of the conditioning process. You’ll also look at programmed learning, considering key areas including behaviour modification, the positive and negative effects of behaviourist theories, cooperative learning, humanistic theories, learning circles, and open classrooms. Finally, you’ll study cognitive applications, considering theorists such as Piaget, Ansubel and Lev Vygotsky.

6: Special Education

Broaden your knowledge of special education. You’ll discover what classifies as a disability, looking in detail at difficulties such as dyslexia, blindness, deafness, dyscalculia, as well as Rett’s disorder. You’ll learn the characteristics in children with autism spectrum disorders, difficulties associated with the disorder, and behaviour traits. Finally, you’ll scrutinise a common disorder known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

7: Challenging Behaviour

Recognise types of challenging behaviour, the triggers associated with such behaviour, and discover de-escalation techniques used to manage challenging behaviour in individuals. You’ll look at intervention strategies, how to record challenging behaviour, and how to help children through use of SMART goals.

8: Developmental Psychology

Break down and learn a range of lifespan development theories, define complex development models with examples for each stage of life, as well as critically examine the whole nature vs. nurture debate. You’ll study how development psychologists help children, consider debates on continuity vs. discontinuity, and look at abnormal behaviour vs. individual differences. Finally, you’ll familiarise yourself with Erik Erikson’s psychosocial stage model, looking at all 8 stages, as well as Piaget and the four cognitive stages of childhood development.

9: Motivation and Needs

This unit enables you to define what intrinsic and extrinsic motivators are and provide relevant examples. You’ll consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and determine what limits us from achieving self-actualisation. You’ll gain insight into the role emotion plays in motivation, which is important for individual performance.

10: Gender and Cultural Diversity

Gain perspective and understanding of diversity and equality and discover why learning isn’t homogeneous but heterogeneous. Appreciate the importance of The Equality Act (2010), what it protects, and nine other pieces of useful legislation. Progressing, you’ll identify what classifies as unlawful behaviour and learn about cultural and societal issues that impact classrooms, such as LGBTQA and BME groups. Other areas you’ll develop insight are challenging stereotypes, differences in gender, the role the family, and the importance and development of cultural diversity.

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.

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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 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.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!