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 behaviour. Psychologists study such phenomena as perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behaviour, 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 behaviour, while also exploring the underlying physiological and neurological processes.

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


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.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Psychology Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

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

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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