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Student Profile

This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice of psychology as applied to education and learning.  No prior knowledge is required.



By the end of this course you will be able to:


Understand the theories and applications of the learning process


Principles of assessing educational performance


Demonstrate your understanding of the individual differences in educational performance


Understand the nature of special education needs


Describe a range of teaching & learning styles


Understand factors which determine student motivation


Describe the effect of and strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviour


Design the Layout of Educational Environments to maximise learning potential




Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home.  Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email.  You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment. 






The course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted then marked by your tutor.  There is no external examination required.


Course Duration

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.  The course will take around 90 hours of study to complete.


Course Accreditation


At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses 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 Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.



Pack/Course Contents

Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:



Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course

Self-assessment activities


Tutor support

Assignment marking & feedback



Price and Payment Methods


Please refer to our current price list








The course is divided up into eight units, as follows:


Unit 6. Student Motivation


·        Definitions

·        Types and Theories

           - Physiological

           - Cognitive

           - Humanistic

·        Attribution theory

·        Learned helplessness



Unit 7. Disruptive Behaviour


·        The definition and types of disruptive behaviour

·        Effects of disruptive behaviour

·        Strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviour                      

Unit 8. Design and Layout of Educational Environments


·        Physical features of the classroom environment

·        Effects of physical features on performance and feelings

·        Creating better environmental conditions for learning



Unit 1. The Learning Process


Behaviourist applications to learning

Cognitive applications to learning

Humanistic approach to learning



Unit 2. Assessing Educational Performance


Types and limitations of psychometric testing

Measuring Intelligence

Types of performance assessment at different ages

Implications of assessment and categorisation


Unit 3. Individual Differences in

Educational Performance



Gender differences

Cultural differences

Explanation for the differences

Strategies for improving educational performance


Unit 4. Students with Special

Educational Needs


What are special educational needs?

Assessment of SEN

Specific difficulties

Strategies for teaching students with difficulties


Unit 5. Learning and Teaching Styles


Definitions, theories and measurement of learning

and teaching styles

Individual differences

Improving learning effectiveness


Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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