Child Psychology Level 3

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This Child Psychology course is designed to give you more information on the mind of a child. With this in mind a course in Child Psychology can help you to understand what helps children become well rounded adults. As a child’s mind develops they require help and guidance to create a balanced individual. This course will teach you what actions can be taken to ensure a child has the right guidance and support to ensure a stable mental state.

Study time:    120 hours
Enrolment length:    12 months
Course format:    Paper based pack
Assignments:    6 written tasks
Entry requirements:    None specific
Unit 1: How can we define childhood?

In the first unit you will be introduced to the basics of psychology and childhood influences. We will look at what aspects of growing up have an effect on a child’s development. As times have developed our view of children and their needs has changed dramatically. From abolishing child labour to understanding the way children think.

Unit 2: Forming relationships in childhood

In the first unit you will be introduced to the key ideas and principles behind theories of attachment. You will look at theorists such as Bowlby and will learn about the nature/nurture debate. You should then be able to understand the different kinds of attachment children develop and learn as they grow.

Unit 3: Perception, cognition and language

This unit covers language and the relevance it holds to development and communication. First to understand how language affects a child we must first understand language itself. By understanding language, we can understand its relevance to child psychology.

Child perceive the world in a different way to adults so the way they communicate is different. We will also look at what the theorist Piaget thought about a child’s language development.

Unit 4: Emotional, social and moral development 

In this unit we are going to learn about the importance of emotional, moral and social development in a child. There are many different theories put forward ion this kind of development as it is very difficult to measure. In this unit we will look at a few of the most prominent theorists and their theories.

Unit 5: A child’s mind

In this unit we will cover the role of memory in a child’s mind. By understanding memory, we can begin to understand how a child’s mind works. This includes other processes. Once we get a deeper understanding of a child’s memory process and the way the brain works we can begin to discuss how brain function in childhood relates to psychology.

Unit 6: Moving towards adulthood

In this final unit we are going to study the progression from childhood to adulthood. This can be a difficult time for children as it is when they go through some of their biggest changes both emotionally and physically.

Entering adulthood is a complex change as it is during this time, children go through the transition stage of adolescence. There are a variety of theories on adolescence that this unit will look into. It is during this unit we will look at the factors that determine the adult a child will grow into and the changes that occur.


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