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CERTIFICATE IN PSYCHOLOGY

Qualification : CERTIFICATE IN PSYCHOLOGY

Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 7

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Introduction This Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society.

Course Aims The course aims to introduce participants to the main psychological theories and examine their contribution to the development of the discipline.

Module 1

Introduction to Psychology and Study Skills;Overview of what psychology consists of, its history and study skills.

Module 2

The Biological Basis of Behaviour;Most behaviour is rooted in our biology;this module considers the role of the brain in sleep, sensation and perception.

Module 3

Learning and Feeling:This module focuses on how we learn,remember and experience emotions.

Module 4

Personality:This module reviews the most important theories of personality, and how personality is assessed under each of these theories.

Module 5

The Development of the Individual:This module considers the early development of the child from conception through to thought, language and moral development.

Module 6

Introduction to Social Psychology:Key areas in social psychology such as social perception, attitudes and prejudice will be explored in this module.

Module 7

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology:This module introduces students to the diagnosis, classification and treatment models in abnormal behaviour.

Module 8

Introduction to Social Research Methodology:An introduction to the main techniques involved in social research.

Course Duration: 100 hours part-time over one year which may include 3 or 4 Saturdays.

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish No N/A N/A
English No N/A N/A
Language No N/A N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Participants need to be 21 years of age or over on 1st January of the year in which the course commences. As courses are delivered in keeping with adult education practice, participants will be expected to: be willing to engage with group activities and group learning; be willing to learn through dialogue and reflection on experience; have a level of literacy that is sufficient to complete the assessment requirements.

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