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Level 3 OCN Child Psychology

Would you like to learn more about how children develop, grow, learn and think? Are you interested in training to be a Child Psychologist in the future?

If yes then this is the course for you. This extremely popular child psychology course is accredited by OCN (OTC) at Level 3 and carries 4 credits. The course is an excellent introduction to child psychology for those who are interested in this fascinating subject.:

  • Theories of Child Development
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Managing Behaviour

It considers the development, behaviour and learning of children from birth onwards from a psychological perspective. It also covers the psychology of intelligence in children including intelligence testing and emotional intelligence, as well as behaviour, motivation and praise, giftedness and behaviour modification.

The course is an online course and so can be studied any time from your own home- there is no classroom attendance required and learners can enrol at any time.

Accreditation and Assessments:

This course is accredited by the Open College Network (OCN OTC) at level 3 and carries 4 credits.

To successfully achieve this award learners must complete the assessments associated with the course.

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Course Length:Completion time for this course is 8 weeks including assessments

Delivery: Home Study, learners log into our online learning portal- MNT LEARNING- to study this course- there is no classroom attendance required at all. On successful completion of the assessments, learners will receive their results and certificate via email. (If a hard copy certificate is required via post we can arrange this for £10 for UK learners and slightly more for international learners please call/email for details).

Support:All learners will have telephone/email access to a supportive and friendly personal tutor for any queries they have whilst completing the course.

The course consists of 4 units with the following content:

Unit 1: Developmental Theories 

  • Stage theories
  • Examples of stage development theorists
  • Attachment theory
  • Constructivist theories
  • Social learning theories
  • Operant conditioning theories/behaviourist theories
  • Ecological systems theory
  • Dynamical systems theory

Unit 2: Teaching and learning 

  • Intelligence in children
  • Intelligence research
  • Intelligence testing
  • Testing emotional intelligence
  • Learning taxonomy
  • Formal and informal teaching
  • 4MAT learning
  • Curry’s onion model
  • Experiential learning
  • Learning styles
  • Motivation and developing study skills
  • Motivation in young children
  • Social learning theory
  • The Importance of praise
  • Motivated teachers as role models
  • Attribution theory
  • Learned helplessness

Unit 3: Special educational needs 

  • Definition of Special Educational Needs
  • Over identification of SEN
  • Disability
  • Models of disability
  • Legislation
  • Outcomes & life chances
  • Reasons why children have special needs
  • Why are children gifted?
  • Education
  • Gifted children
  • Enrichment

Unit 4: Managing Behaviour 

  • Understanding and Managing Children’s Behaviour
  • The Communication Trust report
  • The Communication Trust objectives
  • Other reasons why children misbehave
  • What is acceptable behaviour?
  • Models and Approaches
  • Behaviour modification - positive reinforcement
  • Specialist interventions
  • Managing behaviour in the classroom
  • Effective classroom management
  • Rewards and Sanctions
  • Managing behaviour – the local authority perspective

Learners must ensure their computer meets the minimum requirements as refunds cannot be given once enrolled. If you have any concerns about this please call us and we will be happy to offer support. These requirements include:

  1. Internet access and a working email address

  2. Up to date internet browser such as: internet explorer/safari/google chrome/firefox (if your browser is not up to date your screen may not display the content as it should. Please call us if you wish us to help you check your browser and how to update it if needed- it's very easy- even we can do it!)

  3. Use of a computer to study the course - tablets and smartphones are not advisable for studying as the display and functionality can be affected.

  4. Additionally learners should be familiar with navigating a website and have used a Word Processing package such as Microsoft Word in the past.

Course fee £150. Enrol via the website at anytime



I have always been interested in how children develop so this course really caught my eye. It was absolutely great- I never knew how much there was to learn about the way children develop and the things we can do as parents and child-carers to support that. I particularly liked the Unit on Teaching and Learning where it covered intelligence in children- it was lovely to see that there are many who believe that there is more than just one form of intelligence- fascinating stuff! Thank-you MNT I shall be back to do more of your courses.

Susan, Mother and Nanny Child Psychology Course

I had researched potential Child Psychology Courses and was delighted when I heard MNT were now offering this course. I had previously undertaken a range of Childcare courses with MNT and did not think twice about returning to study with them. Their fantastic support really made me feel at ease throughout my studies and I am looking forward to getting started with my Online Early Years Foundation Degree with MNT next year.

Kathryn, Pre-School Manager Child Psychology Course

I initially studied my Common Core Skills Training Course with MNT a few years ago and was always keen to continue my career progression and Childcare training by studying some Child Psychology Courses. I found the course so interesting and opened my eyes to so many areas that I have been able to benefit from already in my day-to-day role. My next step maybe looking at Level 3 Courses for Teaching Assistants.

Orla, Nanny Child Psychology Course