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Psychology Diploma

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This Psychology Diploma address key ethical questions, as well as delving deeper in the psychology and what makes us tick.

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Level 3 / NCFE Certificate / PI304

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Course introduction

This diploma in psychology address key ethical questions, as well as delving deeper in the psychology and what makes us tick.

Psychology attracts many people. It is a fascinating subject that can take you deep into the realm of thought and emotions.

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions. It is specifically interested in how behaviour is affected in certain contexts. It also seeks to understand and explain emotional, mental characteristics and attitudes in a person or in a group.

As you study this diploma in psychology online, you will look at how;

  • The human mind, brain, and behaviour have been studied over the years
  • Our understanding of the world changes and grows as we develop from a child into an adult
  • We can be influenced by others
  • Thoughts and actions are related to brain activity
  • The memory works, why we may forget things and what can be done to improve memory
  • Personality and intelligence are explained
  • Psychology is applied in the real world and situations

This diploma in psychology is divided into 12 modules, all with high-quality materials and assignments. The course concludes by bringing together everything you have covered and applying it in a professional setting.

As with most of our courses, the home study psychology diploma is assessed through assignments completed after each module. You will receive detailed feedback from your tutor, with helpful hints and suggestions to help progress your studies.

This customised qualification was written for NCC by Dr. Matthew Smith, former Associate Professor of Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and Elizabeth Ottley, a postgraduate student in Psychology and can be studied online or as a paper-based course.

Why study a diploma in Psychology online?

Online or distance learning courses are a fantastic, flexible way to learn. The certificate gained from studying this diploma in Psychology could be an important stepping stone for progressing your current career, or for opening new and exciting career avenues.

Studying at your own pace, in a place where you feel comfortable also makes for a more successful learning process. This is why so many of our students carry on studying.

After completing this Psychology Diploma, you can choose to study at a higher level in a related field. Many students study courses that allow them to specialise in areas of criminology and psychology that address issues of offenders. We offer a range of online psychology courses if you are looking for something more career specific.

The Psychology Diploma also provides a great foundation for pursuing a career in counselling, teaching, police and many other professions.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Psychology course. This customised qualification is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Psychology and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the Psychology course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.


The NCFE Level 3 Psychology Diploma is assessed by completion of tutor marked assignments. At the end of each module in this Psychology Diploma you are required to complete short assignment questions. These assignments allow you to apply what you have learned in each module and to encourage you to think critically about the theories and the research you have read.

Awarding organisation

This customised qualification is endorsed and accredited by NCFE. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Course units

Module 1: The Science of Psychology
Module 2: How We Learn
Module 3: How We Develop
Module 4: Relating to others
Module 5: Social influence
Module 6: Your Brain: A User’s Guide
Module 7: Consciousness and the Brain
Module 8: Attention and Thinking
Module 9: Memory
Module 10: Personality
Module 11: Intelligence
Module 12: Applying Psychology

Learner support

You will receive full personal tutor support by mail and email and along with our comprehensive Psychology course manual, assignments and study guide you will have everything you need to achieve your desired certificate. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your Psychology course. You can be assured that 12 month unlimited support is available for your home study Psychology course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

The NCFE Level 3 Psychology Diploma is assessed by completion of tutor marked assignments. At the end of each module in this Psychology course you are required to complete short assignment questions. These assignments allow you to apply what you have learned in each module and to encourage you to think critically about the theories and the research you have read about.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You need to be able to commit your time to the course. To help you understand the commitment needed, each of the course descriptions estimates the amount of time it will take you to complete the course. This is based on an average study period of approximately 10 hours per week.

It is best to choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ option against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone or by post, call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from six weeks to nine months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the size of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that postage and packaging is charged in addition to the course price.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exam at a registered test centre. You will need to organise the examination yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be included in your study pack.

The details of what sort of exam/assignment (if any) is required for a course will be stated on the course description page, so please check these for full details.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

Can reasonable adjustments be made to help reduce the effects of a disability or difficulty that may place me at a disadvantage?

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:

Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader Re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.

Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the candidate access to the assessment activity. The use of a reasonable adjustment will not be taken into consideration during the assessment of a candidate’s work.

Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. What is reasonable will depend on the individual circumstances, cost implications and the practicality and effectiveness of the adjustment. Other factors, such as the need to maintain competence standards and health and safety, will also be taken into consideration.

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Psychology Diploma

M Byrne

“Would recommend them to everyone”

I first used NCC Home Learning a few years ago and did not hesitate to study with them again this time. My Psychology course was written in 12 modules with well structured sections and examples to check your own learning before tackling the module assignments. The tutor support system worked really well for me and my assignment feedback was always emailed promptly with encouragement and suggestions. I enjoy distance learning because it fits in with my family and work commitments and NCC offer such a range of courses, there must be something to suit everyone! NCC Home Learning are very easy to work with and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a distance learning course.

Rebecca Rogers,

M Byrne

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course and great tutor support.”

My chosen course was perfect for my career choice and I enjoyed it so much, I have chosen another course with NCC home learning. Great tutor support, I would definitely recommend.


M Byrne

“Very enjoyable”

I found the course very enjoyable and would recommend studying with NCC. The Psychology level 3 course was very informative and gave a good foundation for further study related to this topic.
The support centre was superb and extremely quick at responding to any questions I had regarding the assignment feedback. Shaun was a great great help if I required any support or had any questions. What I liked in particular about NCC support is that there is always someone in the support centre to talk to for guidance Monday to Friday, unlike many other online study centres who only correspond via email.
I will studying again next year with NCC, this time extending my knowledge with the Criminal Psychology course.
Thanks to you all at NCC support.

Michael Kelly,

M Byrne

“I have enjoyed the course!”

I would like to thank Shaun in support for all his assistance and Lindsey for her prompt return of my assignments and her comments. I have enjoyed the course! I wish it was recognised by the O.U. for credits!

Jane Brice,

M Byrne

“User-friendly' experience!”

A very 'user-friendly' experience - easy to understand, communication with tutor is effortless, things are done efficiently and effectively and overall I enjoyed the experience. Thank you!

Pooja Sanghrajka,

M Byrne

“Longer tutor support would be helpful”

I would like to advance my Psychology on a higher level. Either in work place Psychology or Counselling. The course would be more beneficial if the tutor support was 18 months. Due to running my own large business my private time is limited.

Caroline Jones,

M Byrne

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course”

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was easy to follow and the suggested further reading was useful. In my opinion, the assignments were very important in helping me understand each module. The feedback was always helpful. I have been very impressed with admin support. Every issue or question has been dealt with very quickly. Excellent customer service.

Michelle Stephen,

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