The Advanced Diploma in the Psychology of Children and Young People extends your knowledge and ability in working with adult mental health.

This Advanced Diploma program is part of the pathway to achieving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specialising in the Psychology of Children and Young People. It is accredited by the ACCPH.


A total of 180 ECTS credits must be completed.


Key Info

Duration: 6 months*

Start: Anytime

Prerequisites: One of the following:


Program Structure

This can be achieved by completing the Certificate in Child Psychology (60 ECTS) and the Diploma in Child Psychology (60 ECTS) PLUS the following 6 modules:

Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

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BPS213 Family Counselling

Develop a better understanding of family Dynamics. Learn to understand family problems better and analyze and facilitate solutions to problems that emerge in modern families.

BPS214 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Adolescence is a time between being a child and being an adult where there are many physical and psychological changes (eg. in relation to sexuality, physiology, emotions, moral perception, self-esteem, etc). This module offers opportunity to understand these changes, and consider options for dealing with the adolescent, whether as a professional, or even simply as a friend or parent.

BPS105 Educational Psychology

Understand how and why people learn, and how to apply that understanding to bring about changes in people of all ages. This course will benefit a wide range of people, from parents (understanding of how their children develop) to teachers/trainers and welfare workers or leisure professionals (eg. youth leaders).

BPS308 Psychological Assessment

Learn to determine why and when to use psychological assessment, and develop an understanding of the different types of assessment available (eg. Behavioural Assessment, Wechsler Intelligence and Memory Scales, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, etc).

Research Project III

Develop innovative approaches to workplace activities through systematic research in an industry relating to their stream studies. Apply and build on skills and competencies gained throughout previously studied modules developing initiative and innovation.

Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Select one module from the list below:

BPS204 Biopsychology II

This module proceeds from Biopsychology I, with further exploration of research into brain processes such as memory, and the effects of brain damage and other factors on those processes. Those working or studying in the areas of counselling, psychology or health will benefit from the deeper understanding of the relationship between our physiological condition and our mental condition and our behaviour.

BPS304 Crisis Counselling

This module provides those already in the counselling or helping industries with knowledge and skills to give specialised counselling, and will contribute to comprehensive counselling training for those wishing to work in this field.


How will I learn

The program is conducted entirely online. You can begin ANYTIME. Upon enrolment, you will receive an email with an access code for our online learning system within 48 hours. You may be required to do an orientation course in academic writing (non-examinable) beforehand.

Modules are split into readings, set task activities, and assignments. At the end of each module, you will be required to sit for an examination and/or submit a project.


Learning Support

You will get unlimited email support throughout the program, on every module/course. Feedback is provided for every assignment that is sent in. In some instances, telephone support can also be arranged.


When you achieve this qualification, you can move towards completing your BSc in Psychology.


Fees refer to tuition only. It does not include ancillary expenses such as required materials (see above), textbooks, internet connections, postage, telephone calls, insurance and printing. 


Time varies depending upon exemptions, performance and the workload. Accreditation for Prior Learning or Experience (APEL) can reduce time and fees. Part of a degree pathway.


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