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Developmental Psychology (BPS210)



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Understand how a Person's Psychology Changes Across a Lifetime

Developmental psychology is concerned with psychological needs and stages of development across the lifespan. There are a number of different stage theories and each of these posits how we transition from one stage to the next. It may be because we develop intellectually or it may be because we have resolved specific crises which enable us to move forward.

Study this course to improve your understanding of different stages of cognitive, moral and social development from early childhood through to late adulthood. Find out what the main theories have to say about what to expect from life. Learn about key processes at different stages of life and what happens as we move from childhood to old age.  


What this Course Covers

Ten lessons as follows.
1. Theoretical Approaches and Key Concepts
2. Early Childhood - Cognitive and Social Development in
the First 6 Years
3. Middle Childhood - Cognitive, Moral and Social
Development in the Primary School Years
4. Challenges in Middle Childhood
5. Adolescence - Cognitive, Moral and Social Development
6. Challenges of Adolescence
7. Adulthood - Cognitive and Psychosocial Development
in Early and Middle Adulthood
8. Challenges of Adulthood
9. Late Adulthood - Cognitive and Psychosocial Changes
in the Elderly
10. Challenges of Late Adulthood


Study when, where and however much you want. For most students, the course can be completed with a total of around 100 hours of study; and a commitment close to that may be needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

  • How Children think
  • The Brain and Behaviour
  • The Psychology of Health


Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.

Assignments are given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification in the field of counselling, will impress employers, and will be more efficient when self employed.

A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network; a group of colleges from several countries, affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.. Courses are developed with input from all of these colleges, aspiring to reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict "No Plagiarism" and "No fraud" policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and assignments will not be deemed to have been completed, if work is not your own original creation, and is found to have been copied from elsewhere. If the person doing the course is discovered to be different to the name enrolled, the enrolment and any results will be recorded as invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Refund Policy

A full refund less expenses (up to 15% of fees applied) is provided to anyone wishing to withdraw from a course, within 2 weeks of enrolment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.


We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to make good use of the fees you pay and the time you invest into an education through our college. To this end, our first priority is always your learning. This comes before issues such as formal accreditations, speculative marketing and bureaucratic processes which all too often add considerable costs to the running of colleges, and take resources away from the provision of more valuable services to the student.

This college focuses on facilitating your learning and support to optimise that learning. We recognise that learning is all about improving knowledge and skills in your long term memory. While some colleges may focus on getting you to pass exams, by committing knowledge to short term memory; we understand that such an approach is not true education, and does little to improve your long term career or business prospects.


How This Course Could Help You

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, or psychotherapy. It is also useful for those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It may also be useful for youth workers, child minders, teachers and others who work with children. Parents may be interested to learn more about their own children's behaviour. 

Study this course either in isolation or as part of a certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.  


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Developmental Psychology (BPS210) Developmental Psychology (BPS210)
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