Psychology Diploma Level 4

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Psychology is a very complex science and this course is a great way to further your understanding of psychological concepts and how the mind works. The course covers a number of different units and is perfect for anyone looking to gain a good knowledge of a very fascinating area of science.


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Course Description

About this course

Through this Psychology Level 4 course learners will gain a deep understanding of how the mind develops, is shaped and deals with certain external factors. The course is designed for anyone with a background in Psychology looking to take the next step up and gain a Level 4 course which gives a deep understanding into this area of science.

Study Time:120 hours
Enrolment length:12 months
Course Format:Online
Entry Requirements:None Specific

Upon completion of this course students receive an ABC Awards certificate and an OLC Diploma. All certification fees are included in your course fees.


To complete this Psychology Level 4 course you will need to submit, and pass, all of the tutor marked assignments. There are eight assignments in the course and no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

All assignments are coursework based and are in an essay/question and answer style to test your knowledge of the topics covered in each of the course sections.


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our courses- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!


To pass this course learners must complete a number of assignments. These are completed after navigating through the lessons which are sent to students and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Defining psychology and history

  • A short history of psychology
  • Classification of psychology
  • Psychology practice and approaches today
  • Major themes in psychology

Unit 2: Research methods in Psychology

  • Ethical considerations
  • Design and implementation
  • Experimental and non-experiments methods
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Presenting data

Unit 3: Psychological abnormality

  • Defining abnormality
  • Models of abnormal psychology
  • The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Personality/anxiety disorders
  • Psychotherapy treatments
  • Ethical issues

Unit 4: Behaviour and experience

  • The central nervous system
  • Sensory processes and awareness
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Motivation
  • Emotion and stress

Unit 5: Cognitive psychology

  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Models of thought

Unit 6: Social psychology

  • Social perception and prejudice
  • Attribution theory
  • Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination
  • Relationships
  • Conformity and power
  • Groups and group behaviour
  • Prosocial and antisocial behaviour

Unit 7: Comparative psychology

  • Evolutionary behaviour
  • Reproduction
  • Social behaviour, imprinting and signals
  • Analysis of behaviour

Unit 8: Developmental psychology

  • Early social development
  • Cognitive development in children
  • Moral, gender and self development
  • Adolescence to old age
  • Major life events


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.

ABC Awards

ABC Awards Certification

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).

ABC Awards QLS scheme

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Oakwood Home Learning 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 the level shown against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oakwood Home Learning 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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