The Advanced Psychology - Level 4 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an advanced understanding of principles and practice of Psychology.

The aims of the home study courses are to enhance students’ knowledge of psychology theory and to develop a broad understanding of theories applied to practical aspects of social and cognitive psychology, child development and adaptive behaviour. This home study course also teach research methods and interpretation of research data.

Please NoteStudents must have completed the Psychology - Level 3 award or an equivalent introductory course in a Psychology before undertaking this course.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 4 Certificate of Achievement.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following Units:-

  • Unit One – Perspectives on Psychology

The following topics are covered: What is psychology? The biological approach, Behaviourist & cognitive approaches, Person-centred approaches and Methods and debate in psychology.

  • Unit Two – Social Psychology

The following topics are covered: Attitudes, Social influence, Obedience, Social cognition and Applied social psychology.

  • Unit Three – Cognitive Psychology

The following topics are covered: Perception, Attention, Remembering, Forgetting, Language, Thinking and Problem solving & artificial intelligence.

  • Unit Four – Child Development

The following topics are covered: Issues in child development, Cognitive development, Development of language & communication, Social perception and Moral development.

  • Unit Five – Psychology & Atypical Behaviour

The following topics are covered: Definition & diagnosis of atypical behaviour, Treatments of atypical behaviour and Emotional disorders.

  • Unit Six – Research Methods

The following topics are covered: Research methods, Research issues and Data Analysis.

Course Duration:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The home study courses will take approximately 100 hours of study to complete.


To register for this course, students MUST have previously completed one of the following: GCSE Psychology grade A-B; Distance Learning Centre’s Psychology Course (Level 3); or another Accredited Level 3 accredited certificate in psychology or equivalent.

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. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


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

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa 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 and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer 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.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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