The Educational Psychology - Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice of psychology as applied to education and learning.

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


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the theories and applications of the learning process.

  • Understand the principles of assessing educational performance.

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the individual differences in educational performance.

  • Understand the nature of special education needs.

  • Describe a range of teaching & learning styles.

  • Understand factors which determine student motivation.

  • Describe the effect of and strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviour.

  • Design the Layout of Educational Environments to maximise learning potential.

The course is split into the following 8 Units:

  • Unit One – The Learning Process

The following topics are covered: Behaviourist applications to learning; Cognitive applications to learning; and Humanistic approach to learning.

  • Unit Two – Assessing Educational Performance

The following topics are covered: Types and limitations of psychometric testing; Measuring Intelligence; Types of performance assessment at different ages; and Implications of assessment and categorisation.

  • Unit Three – Individual Performance in Educational Performance

The following topics are covered: Gender differences; Cultural differences; Explanation for the differences; and Strategies for improving educational

  • Unit Four – Students with Special Education Needs

The following topics are covered: What are special educational needs?; Assessment of SEN; Specific difficulties; and Strategies for teaching students with difficulties.

  • Unit Five – Learning & Teaching Styles

The following topics are covered: Definitions, theories and measurement of learning and teaching styles; Individual differences; and Improving learning effectiveness.

  • Unit Six – Student Motivation

The following topics are covered: Definitions; Types and Theories (Physiological, Cognitive and Humanistic); Attribution theory; and Learned helplessness.

  • Unit Seven – Disruptive Behaviour

The following topics are covered: The definition and types of disruptive behaviour; Effects of disruptive behaviour; and Strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviour.

  • Unit Eight – Design & Layout of Education Environments

The following topics are covered: Physical features of the classroom environment; Effects of physical features on performance and feelings; and Creating better environmental conditions for learning.


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 course is 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. Coursework consists of a series of word processed or written assignments, which are submitted to and then marked by your course tutor.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Educational 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.

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

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. 

ABC Awards is a brand of the Skills and Education Group Awards. A leading national awarding organisation with a long-established reputation for providing high-quality support and services to the educational sector. ABC Awards offer 400 Ofqual regulated qualifications, as well as delivering certification through their Quality License Scheme for training and learning opportunities that don’t use regulated qualifications. As a registered charity, Founded in 1998, ABC Awards combines their expertise with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of their customers.

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