Course Description

Child Psychology (QQI Level 6)

The Open College

The aim of this QQI Child Psychology Level 6 course is to provide the learner with the necessary theoretical knowledge relating to child psychology, as well as an understanding of how that theoretical knowledge is relevant in applied contexts as reflected, for example, in best educational practice being tied to the cognitive level of the child. Thus, until a requisite developmental level has been achieved, certain educational goals, such as basic mathematics, may not be obtainable.

Furthermore, the child’s social and emotional development shall also be explored. By the end of the course the learner will have a broad understanding of child psychology and how it forms a foundation for adult psychology and lifespan development. The course content will thus be applicable to any job role where children and their care is a focus, and where child development and growth is fostered with an aim towards wider societal goals.


Topics Covered:

Unit 1: Child and Developmental Psychology

Unit 2: Early Socialisation

Unit 3: Cognitive Development

Unit 4: Social Development

Unit 5: Social Behaviour

Unit 6: Adolescence and the Road to Adulthood


Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 6N2023
College Name The Open College
Course Category Childcare, Education
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 6 Advanced Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Delivery mode Distance Learning
Course Fee 314
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times This QQI Child Psychology 6N2023 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Child Psychology (6N2023).QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Child Psychology (6N2023).
Entry Requirements Level 5 Award or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Childcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.
Career Path Childcare workers and Crèche personnel who wish to gain a greater understanding of child psychology to inform their work and thus enable best practice. Individuals interested in psychology broadly, and child psychology in particular. Parents, or prospective parents, who wish to gain a greater understanding of their child’s development, and ways to foster optimal cognitive and socio-emotional growth. Other learners working towards a major qualification of which child psychology is a component.
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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