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Psychology Diploma

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

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Level 3 / NCFE / PI304

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Course introduction

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This diploma in psychology addresses key ethical questions, as well as delving deeper into 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 with your studies.

This customised course 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 course 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 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.


This qualification has been developed by NCC to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor. NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification. On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.

Course modules

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.


What does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

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 you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

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

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

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 there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take 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 book within our stated period.

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

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

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 10 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.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

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 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. 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.

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 invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

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 that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

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.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Psychology Diploma

M Byrne

“Excellent value for money”

Excellent value for money, can pay course monthly and do in your own time also have a online tutor to contact if stuck with anything

Charlotte D

M Byrne

“Thank you NCC Home Learning”

Thank you NCC Home Learning. You've given me direction. I appreciate the quality and affordability. A special salute to the tutors.

Mr T. Randhawa

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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