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Qualification - Advanced Certificate In Psychology

Course CodeVPS011
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate
Study Psychology Online
  • There are three core modules of Introduction to Psychology, Psychology and Counselling and an Industry Project.
  • You then choose six elective modules from a wide list, including abnormal psychology, conflict management, biopsychology, marketing psychology and much more..
  • This flexible qualification enables you to focus on the areas of psychology that are interesting and relevant to YOU.
  • This course may be used as a stepping stone to our Associate Diploma in Psychology or our Associate Diploma in Psychology and Counselling . It may also be useful for those wishing to go on to study to degree level or for those working in related fields that require an understanding of psychology 
  • The course is recognised by IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council)



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Advanced Certificate In Psychology .
 Industry Project BIP000
 Introduction To Psychology BPS101
 Psychology & Counselling BPS102
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 6 of the following 10 modules.
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Child Psychology BPS104
 Industrial Psychology BPS103
 Marketing Psychology BPS107
 Research Project I BGN102
 Sports Psychology BPS106
 Adolescent Psychology BPS211
 Conflict Management BPS201
 Abnormal Psychology BPS307
 Life Coaching BPS305

Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Certificate In Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

The Industry Project is designed to foster networking, practical skills and industry awareness.  There are various ways that the requirement can be satisfied and it can be completed from wherever you live in the world.

There are two options available to you to satisfy this requirement:

Alternative 1.

If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.

The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

Alternative 2.

If you do not work in the relevant industry, you need to undertake a project as follows.

Procedure for a Workplace Project

This project is a major part of the course involving the number of hours relevant to the course (see above). Although the course does not contain mandatory work requirements, work experience is seen as highly desirable.

This project is based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.

Students will design this project in consultation with a tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of forms. Participants with relevant, current or past work experience will be given exemption from this project if they can provide suitable references from employers that show they have already fulfilled the requirements of this project.

For courses that involve more than 100 hours, more than one workplace project topic may be selected. For example, 200 hours may be split into two projects each of 100 hours. This will offer the student better scope to fulfill the needs of their course and to meet the number of hours required. Alternatively, the student may wish to do one large project with a duration of 200 hours.

Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During each 100 hours of the project, the students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.

If the student wishes to do one large 200 hour report, then only three progressive reports will be needed (however the length of each report will be longer).


Learn to Understand People Better

 Why do People Conform?

Conformity refers to the pattern of adjusting our thoughts, attitudes and/or behaviours in order to fit in with the values and norms of our social group.  It is evident in persistence of traditional modes of behaviour and thinking, and is equally evident in the non-conformity of groups with the dominant culture, where members of a sub-group conform to that group’s attitudes and behaviour

There may be many different reasons why people conform.  These may include – 

  • they want to be accepted by the group.
  • they fear rejection by the group – known as normative social influence.
  • the group gives them information – known as informational social influence.
  • they want a social reward or material reward, such as votes or a pay rise.
  • they admire the group and want to be like other members of the group. 

Teenagers, for instance, often resist the norms of adult society, but may be assiduous in dressing, acting, and talking like their peers, and seeming to share similar values and attitudes. One might argue that true non-conformity is essentially individual. 

Asch and other psychological researchers have found that the following factors influence conformity – 

  • Group size: Group size influences whether subjects conformed. The bigger the group, the more people conformed. However, this only occurs up to a certain point, after a certain number in the group, conformity doesn’t increase any further.
  • Group unanimity: Subjects are much more likely to conform when a group agreed unanimously. If even one other person in the group disagreed with the group, a subject was much less likely to conform. This was true even when the other dissenter disagreed with the subject as well as the group. 

Researchers have found that conformity also increases when:

  • The person feels incompetent or insecure
  • The person admires the group
  • The group can see how the person behaves

 Learn more about psychology with this flexible course enabling you to choose the modules that suit YOU!
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Meet some of our academics

Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).
Kate GibsonKate has 12 years experience as a marketing advisor and experience as a project manager. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including London, New Zealand and Australia. Kate has a B.Soc.Sc, Post-Grad. Dip. Org Behaviour (HR).
Gavin ColePsychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Gavin is both a highly experienced Psychologist and tutor. Gavin has over 25 years experience in the Psychology industry, and has been working with ACS since 2001. He has worked in both Australia and England, and has been involved in writing numerous books and courses in Psychology and Counselling

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