Child Psychology Level 3


The Child Psychology course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Child Psychology and the development of children.  A must if you would like to learn more about how your child ticks, or if you work in childcare.



Child Psychology Level 3

  • Course code: CLD02
  • Delivery method: Online
  • Course duration: 12 Months
  • Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
  • Award achieved: Certificate of Achievement by ABC
  • Awarding body: ABC

The Child Psychology course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Child Psychology and the development of children.  A must if you would like to learn more about how your child ticks, or if you work in childcare.

Course Content

1. The First Year of Life

Infant reflexes; Social development during the first year of life including the social smile and onset of fear of strangers.

2. The Formation of Attachments

Imprinting; Attachment (Bowlby) including cross-cultural studies; Harlow and surrogate mothers;

Relevance of animal studies in child development.

3. Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments

Maternal deprivation; Implications of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation when

placing children with surrogates.

4.  The Home, Family and School

Group vs family care and the studies of effects of maternal employment and father absent families;

importance of peers and siblings.

5. Basic Principles of Research Methods

Nature and purpose of research, the features of experiment, supporting and refuting hypotheses,

independent and dependent variables, control of variables, standardised instructions and procedures,

methods of sampling, design of investigations.

6. The Development of Visual Perception

Introduction to the nature/nurture debate on visual perception; Fantz: form perception; Gibson and

Walk: depth perception; how the physiology of the human visual system helps us judge depth and

distance; Bower: size constancy; animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.

7. The Development of Language and Communication

Development of non-verbal communication in humans, gestures etc.; comparisons with non-human

primates; outline of language development in humans; including naturalistic observational in humans;

innate and reinforcement theories.

8. Intelligence and Intelligence Testing

Definitions of intelligence; mental age and IQ; tests of intelligence; advantages and disadvantages of

IQ testing.

9. The Nature/Nurture Debate in the Study of Intelligence

Twins studies; stability of IQ; Are early experiences decisive for later development?

10. Data Collection and Interpretation

Tables and histograms, correlation and scattergrams; Mean; Range; Drawing conclusions from data.

11. How Children Think

Piaget’s theory of cognitive development including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.

12. Learning Theory & How Behaviour is Acquired

Learning and conditioning classical conditioning and operant conditioning; positive and negative reinforcement; Social Learning

13. Freud’s Psychodynamic Theory  an Alternative Approach

Personality structure, 5 stage theory, criticisms.

14. Moral Development

Definition in psychological terms; investigation of moral behaviour, moral feelings and moral


15. The Development of Gender Roles

Sex-typing; Gender identity; Biological, social and cultural theories.

16. Aggression in Children

Biological basis of aggression; psychological theory and aggression; Aggression as a learned response;

imitation of aggression; viewing violence; punishment for aggression; sex differences in aggression.

17. Methods Used in Child Development Research

Observational, Survey, Correlational, Experimental advantages and disadvantages.

18. Play

The importance of play to learning; Piaget’s theory of play; forms of play; Relevance of psychological theories to pre-school education; Play and learning in nursery schools; Play therapy.

19.  Learning in School

Programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory advantages and disadvantages.

Discovery learning and its effectiveness.

20. Behaviour Modification

Explanation and examples; relationship to learning theory; Points systems, advantages and disadvantages.

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd on behalf of UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales.

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.


Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment
Course Length Information
Tutor Support

Additional information

Online or Paper

Paper, Online


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