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