(Adv. Dip. Psych.)
A distance learning course
Note: February 2014; This course is being
revised and will be re-launched at a future date with amended details and
The new version will have a different textbook. We will resume
enrolments when the new version is available.
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
for professional development purposes
A course specially created for the complementary
therapist and also available for personal interest.
Note: before June 2011 this
Advanced Diploma course was advertised as the Diploma in Psychology and you may
have seen it advertised as such. We have not increased the fee for the
upgrading of the course to Advanced Diploma. We are introducing a shorter and
more affordable Diploma in Psychology which consists of just the main syllabus
without the extra topics, and uses just one major university-level textbook. If
you have already earned our original Dip. in Psychology, ask us how to gain the
Advanced Diploma certification.
recommended period of study: approx.
6 to 9 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£250.00 (250 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(Textbooks extra - approx. cost of
textbooks £60.00 or more depending on the extra topics selected. Students will
need to buy books direct from internet bookstores and overseas students should
allow for postage costs.)
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
Continuous assessment - there is no final exam.
Students will be asked to write brief essays after reading certain chapters.
The questions set on the main syllabus will be broadly-based, allowing the
student to demonstrate general understanding of the issues covered in the
textbook and to include any necessary facts that support the answer given.
Further questions will be issued on the supplementary reading required for the
additional specialist topics. All assessment work may be done at home and
e-mailed or posted to the college.
general psychology advanced diploma course covering material up to undergraduate standard
with in-depth study of a choice of special topics. Ideal for general interest,
counsellors, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, life and personal coaches and
complementary medicine practitioners, helping professionals and those considering entry to a psychology degree or therapy
training. Open entry.
This course may be studied entirely by correspondence, but a large
variety of relevant Internet material is available
on-line. Students may also research topics of interest using the many
psychology sites on the Internet.
(this syllabus is subject to
History, Scope and Methods of
Perception and Consciousness;
Memory, Learning and Thinking;
Language; Motivation and Emotion;
Personality Theories and Individual
Abnormal Psychology (covering
anxiety disorders, mood disorders, dissociative identity disorder,
schizophrenia, mind-body interactions and insanity in the courts);
Therapies (history, therapy
techniques, effectiveness, social issues);
Social Behaviour, Influence,
Introductory information about Statistics is given but that section is optional
and not examined.
A university-level textbook is required as the main
book for the course: details will be given on enrolment. Additional audiovisual
material, linking to the main text, may be purchased if desired
(subject to availability). This is the Psyk Trek 3.0 CD-ROM (see links on
Apart from the main text, at least 3 other books will be required for the
special topics (see below).
After study of the main text, the student takes 3 set taught units on special topics. These units
will be selected by the course tutor, according to the student’s interests, from
the psychology distance learning units available to us. If you have taken one of our
other psychology-related diplomas, you will be exempt from these 3 units and can
gain a reduction in tuition fees if you ask us before you enrol.
Special topics (3 of the following to be
chosen subject to availability)
Understanding Psychiatric Drugs
Symptoms of Mental Illness
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psychology in the Workplace
Introduction to Psychotherapy
(requests for other topics will be considered)
criteria and suitability
No particular qualifications are required for entry.
However, this course is aimed at the counsellor,
psychotherapist or complementary practitioner in
private practice or for personal interest. It
does not lead to membership of the British
Psychological Society or to Chartered
Psychologist status. It is not accredited by a
government-recognised body and does not lead to
any professional licence in any country. However
it provides an affordable, privately-accredited
alternative for someone with a strong interest
in psychology who does not require a
government-recognised qualification. This course
may help someone prepare to apply as a mature
student for a degree in psychology, because you
will demonstrate interest, knowledge and ability
to study, but it does not guarantee acceptance
by any accredited university for a degree place.
Successful graduates will receive the Advanced Diploma in
Psychology awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Adv. Dip. Psych.
The course is accredited by
The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
(which is linked to UKCHT) for professional development purposes(see
societies page for explanation).
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page