The Psychology - Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to gain a good understanding of Psychology.

Psychology is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychologists study such phenomena as perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships.

Psychology also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including issues related to everyday life (e.g. family, education, and employment) and the treatment of mental health problems. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of these functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the underlying physiological and neurological processes.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.


At the end of the home study courses students will be able to:

  • Examine the way in which human actions can be explained on a number of different levels
  • Distinguish between emotional experience, expression and psychological responses
  • Examine the nature of sensation and perception
  • Understand the process of memory
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of classical and operant conditioning
  • Consider parent - child interaction
  • Evaluate how we form impressions of people
  • Consider the processes of social facilitation and social influence

The home study courses are split into the following 8 Units:

  • Unit One - Introduction

The following topics are covered: What is Psychology?, Different Approaches to Psychology and Research in Psychology.

  • Unit Two - Emotion

The following topics are covered: Signs of Emotion and Theories of Emotion and Stress and Anxiety.

  • Unit Three - Perception

The following topics are covered: Sensation and Perception and Factors Affecting Perception.

  • Unit Four - Memory

The following topics are covered: Why Do We Remember? And Remembering and Forgetting and The Reliability of Memory.

  • Unit Five - Learning

The following topics are covered: Classical and Operant Conditioning, Applications of Classical and Operant Conditioning and Other Kinds of Learning.

  • Unit Six - The Development of Social Behaviour

The following topics are covered: Parent/Child Interaction, Attachment and Separation and Sexual Development and Gender Identity.

  • Unit Seven - Social Perception

The following topics are covered: Parent/Child Interaction, Impressions of People and Prejudice and Discrimination and Reducing Prejudice.

  • Unit Eight - Social Influence

The following topics are covered: Social Pressure on the Individual and Group Norms and Conformity and Conformity to Roles and Obedience.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions, and a larger essay/case study assignment. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


NCFE On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Psychology certificate of achievement by NCFE.

The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

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