Psychology Level 3

Study the psychology of the human mind and behaviour as you ask questions that seek to solve how we think, act and feel.

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Are you fascinated by the mind, and would you love to gain a deeper understanding of its complexities and mysteries? Having a solid knowledge of psychology is hugely beneficial for many careers, including counselling, social work, teaching, and policing. Alternatively, if you’re looking to pursue a career as a psychologist or psychotherapist, this level three psychology course is a great stepping stone to further education in this field.

This level 3 psychology course will open a window into human behaviour, allowing you to better understand yourself and others

In this online level 3 psychology course, you’ll tackle fascinating concepts, such as why we forget information, and what psychological factors drive prejudice and discrimination. You’ll also examine famous psychological concepts such as Freud’s theory of psychosexual development, and the Gestalt principles of visual perception. You can study in your own time, at your own pace, and you don’t need any prior qualifications or knowledge to enrol on this level 3 psychology course, just a desire to get stuck in!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Introduction

In the first unit, you’ll ask, ‘What is psychology?’, and take a look at the main approaches within the field. Next, you’ll delve into research methods, and discover what’s meant by terms such as ‘sampling’, ‘observation’, and ‘correlations’.

Unit 2 - Emotion

In unit two, you’ll take a closer look at stress and anxiety. You’ll consider the different phases of stress, such as the ‘alarm reaction’ and ‘resistance’, reasons why stress can occur such as difficult life events, and the different types of stress, such as occupational, and catastrophic. Next, you’ll discover the different approaches to dealing with stress, such as the biological and behavioural approach. Moving on, you’ll discover how our emotions are processed within the brain, and the James-Lange and Cannon-Bard theories of emotion.

Unit 3 - Perception

Next, you’ll begin by looking at ‘bottom-up theory’, which suggests that we perceive our surroundings by beginning with small details. You’ll also consider Gibson’s theory, how we perceive depth and texture, and how our brains process linear perspective, deal with retinal disparity, and ocular convergence. Moving on, you’ll discover factors which can affect our perception, such as social and cultural preconceptions. You’ll delve into Gestalt theory, and principles such as continuity and closure. Lastly, you’ll take a detailed look at ‘top-down theory’, which suggests that we form our perception of the world by moving from the general to the specific.

Unit 4 - Memory

In unit four, you’ll consider fascinating questions such as, ‘Why do we remember some things, but forget others?’, and study the levels of processing defined by Craik and Lockhart, from shallow to deep. Moving on, you’ll look at different types of memory, such as procedural and declarative, and the difference between short and long-term memories. You’ll consider Atkinson and Shiffrin’s ‘multi-store model’ of memory, and consider just how reliable our memories really are. Lastly, you’ll learn about Baddeley and Hitch’s ‘working memory model’, which describes the way in which memories are stored and processed by our brains.

Unit 5 - Learning

In this unit, you’ll begin by considering Bloom’s Taxonomy, which denotes the three domains of learning: the cognitive domain, the affective domain, and the psychomotor domain. You’ll study operant conditioning, a method of learning which relies on rewards and punishment. Next, you’ll move on to social learning theory, and Albert Bandura’s criticisms of behaviourist theories.

Unit 6 - The Development of Social Behaviour

Moving on, you’ll study the attachment phases of infancy, such as indiscriminate and discriminate attachment. You’ll also look at attachment types, such as anxious-avoidant and anxious-resistant. Next, you’ll consider John Bowlby’s maternal deprivation study, and the effect that a lack of maternal affection has upon a child as they grow. You’ll delve into Freud’s theories of psychosexual development, and the ways in which sociability develops in infants.

Unit 7 - Social Perception

To begin, you’ll study different forms of discrimination, such as racism and homophobia, and understand the difference between discrimination and prejudice. You’ll examine what is meant by ‘stereotyping’, how it can lead to discriminatory behaviour, as well as the definition of ‘conformity’. You’ll take a look at minimal group theory, inter-group conflict theory, scapegoating theory, and authoritarian personality theory. Lastly, you’ll examine some ways in which prejudice can be tackled, such as education and social policy.

Unit 8 - Social Influence, Obedience and Conformity

You’ll start by examining how social and societal pressure can influence conformity, and examine a study conducted by Milgram. Taking a look at obedience to authority, you’ll consider how far people will go when following orders, and learn about a famous experiment that took place to determine just that.

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Awarding Body


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.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

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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

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an official 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, 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

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

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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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