The Diploma in Psychology of Children and Young People develops your knowledge and ability to effectively work with young people.


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


Key Info

Duration: 6 months*

Credits: 60 ECTS credits

Fees: €50* per ECTS credit

Start: Anytime


One of the following:

Program structure

A total of 120 ECTS credits must be completed.

This can be achieved by completing the Certificate in the Psychology of Children and Young People (60 ECTS) and doing the following 6 modules:

Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

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BPS205 Social Psychology

Humans are social animals, and as such, it is very important to understand the psychology of how we interact with each other, or act as a group rather than as an individual. By understanding the ‘natural’ social needs of a person, you can develop an increased sensitivity to other people, and better identify and assist people with attending to deficiencies in their social interactions.

BPS109 Counselling Skills II

Discover how to use counselling micro-skills including methods of telephone counselling and techniques for dealing with specific crisis situations – to improve your counselling. This course is ideal for those who have already gained the basic counselling skills in Counselling Skills I, and want to further develop their ability to counsel others. Pre-requisites: Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent).

BPS201 Conflict Management

Conflict is a normal part of life. How we manage conflict can destroy relationships and lead to increased stress, or it can improve our relationships and give us a greater sense of control over ourselves and our environments. Explore the causes and effects of conflict. Learn how to manage it through effective communication, active listening, and problem solving. Develop your ability to use facilitation, negotiation or mediation in group situations to acheive win-win solutions.

BPS306 Neuropsychology

This course provides a different perspective on psychology; with insights into how many psychological disorders can be more to do with the physical condition of a person than purely their experiences, attitudes, genetics or learning experiences.

Research Project II

Learn to plan and conduct research into the current status of an aspect of an industry relating to their area of study, and to complete a descriptive report based on that research.

Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Select one module from the list below:

BPS218 Counselling Children

A number of factors can disrupt the mental health of children, such as: divorce or separation, bullying, grief, or even moving house. Child Counsellors provide children with the opportunity to share their troubles away from their normal home and school environments. Dependent on age, there are a number of methods by which a child can be encouraged to communicate their feelings to a child counselling professional.

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.


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 begin on your Advance Diploma.

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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