Developmental Psychology

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Developmental Psychology to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Psychology touches almost every aspect of our lives and it is important to know something about its basic facts, even for those who do not intend to specialise in the field. The psychological processes of perception, motives, conflicts, patterns of thinking, emotions and coping strategies are explored through the course.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Nature vs Nurture
      • Maturation
      • Sequence of Development
      • Stages of Development
  • Lesson Two
    • Environmental Conditions
      • Restricted Environments
      • Increased Stimulation
      • Visually Directed Reaching
    • Cognitive Development
      • Stages
  • Lesson Three
    • Personality and Social Development
      • Early Social Contact
      • Attachment
      • Interaction with Siblings and Peers
      • Child-rearing Practices and Later Behaviour
  • Lesson Four
    • Identification
      • Sex Roles
      • Sex Typing
      • Factors Influencing Identification
      • Identification with Siblings
  • Lesson Five
    • Adolescence
      • Sexual Development
      • Search for Identity
      • Role ConfusionĀ 
  • Lesson Six
    • Stages of Development
      • Early Adulthood
      • Middle Adulthood
      • The Ageing Years
    • Developmental, Social and Personality Psychology

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.