Qualification - Associate Diploma in Child and Youth Psychology

Course CodeVPS040
Fee CodeAS
Duration (approx)1500 hours
QualificationAssociate Diploma

Advanced Course in Child and Adolescent Psychology

Understand more about how children and adolescents think and behave.

This is a useful, advanced qualification for anyone working in, or wanting to work with children and adolescents. From toy makers to teachers to welfare service workers to foster  carers, this is a great addition to your CV.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Associate Diploma in Child and Youth Psychology.
 Educational Psychology BPS105
 Workshop I BGN103
 Adolescent Psychology BPS211
 Careers Counselling BPS202
 Child and Adolescent Mental Health BPS214
 Counselling Children BPS218
 Developmental, Learning and Behavioural Conditions in Adolescents and Children BPS215
 Ethics BPS217
 Family Counselling BPS213
 Professional Practice In Counselling BPS207
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 5 of the following 14 modules.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Anger Management BPS111
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Food Coaching VRE110
 Motivation VBS111
 Personal Fitness VRE103
 Stress Management VPS100
 Conflict Management BPS201
 Counselling Techniques BPS206
 Developmental Psychology BPS210
 Crisis Counselling BPS304
 Psychological Assessment I BPS308
 Psychopharmacology (Drugs and Psychology) BPS302

Note that each module in the Qualification - Associate Diploma in Child and Youth Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Sample Course Notes

Puberty in Females 

The physiological purpose of puberty in girls is primarily to establish the menstrual cycle and develop the breast tissue and mammary glands, in preparation for her becoming pregnant and having children later in her life.  The primary sex characteristics for females include the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina/vulva/clitoris and fallopian tubes.  Secondary sex characteristics include lack of facial hair, finer less coarse body hair, fat deposits on the hips and thighs.

At birth, a girl will have all the eggs (ovum) she will ever produce stored in an immature form (known as follicles) in her ovaries.  Initially, she will have between 1 and 2 million ova, however from birth the eggs age and die, a process known as atresia.  By the time a girl enters puberty will have more like 400,000 ova left.

At puberty, a cascade of sex hormones will cause the ovum to begin to mature in the ovaries and the menstrual cycle, commonly known as the “period” will commence.  This first period is known as menarche.  

Thus, puberty does not result in the production of ovum, but instead causes the maturation of structures and organs that are already present in the body.  These same sex hormones will have a variety of other effects on the girl’s body, causing a process of development toward sexual maturity.

The age at which a girl will enter puberty is highly variable.  For example, in the UK, on average, girls begin to develop breasts and pubic hair at around 11 years of age, beginning to menstruate at around 13 and maturation is not usually complete until around 20. Of course, things will vary in different countries, different cultures and so on.  In the USA for example, on average, these events may occur a few months earlier. Whilst in the tropics, on average, it will be later.  A variety of factors can affect when an individual will enter puberty, including their family background (genetics), their diet and their overall health and exercise patterns.   

Psychological changes in females can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Tearfulness
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings/Changes
  • Self-image concerns
  • Physiological changes in females can include:
  • Ovaries develop and ovum ripen
  • Menarche and establishment of menstrual cycle
  • Period pain (dysmenorrhoea)
  • Premenstrual tension, headaches, bloating
  • Irregular periods or missed periods (amenorrhea)
  • Body odour develops
  • Skin becomes oilier and acne/spots develop
  • Pubic hair
  • Underarm hair
  • Increase in height
  • Broadening of hips and thighs (fat deposited here)

Puberty in Males 

Puberty in males does not result in the reproductive cycle seen in girls.  The purpose is instead the maturation of the structures and organs already present along with the commencement of sperm production, to enable the fertilization of the female ovum, making the male fertile.  The primary sex characteristics of the male include penis, testicles and testes, prostate gland, seminal vesicles and the epididymis.

While breast development and the commencement of the menstrual cycle are indications a girl has entered puberty, for boys, there isn’t one event that signals the commencement of puberty.  Some early signs of puberty include an increase in the size of the testes and penis.  Sperm production begins and boys can experience “wet dreams” (ejaculation during sleep).  Hair will grow and thicken in regions including the armpits, pubic area, face and sometimes chest.  The voice will deepen and muscles will develop.  

Unlike girls, males are not born with all the sperm they will ever produce.  Instead, spermatogenesis, that is the development of mature sperm, is an ongoing, lifelong process that commences in puberty.  While a woman’s ovum age and die over the course of her life, leading to loss of fertility, a man will remain fertile until almost the very end of his life.  Puberty will result in some or all of the following in boys:

Psychological changes in males can include:

  • Emotional changes
  • Aggression or anger
  • Self-image concerns
  • Risk taking behaviours
  • Physiological changes in males can include:
  • Teste and penis growth
  • Facial pubic and underarm hair
  • Chest hair
  • Voice deepens and “breaks”
  • Skin becomes oilier and acne/spots develop
  • Body odour develops
  • Muscle development over the arms, chest
  • Shoulders broaden, hips narrow
  • Wet dreams (involuntary emission of semen during sleep)
  • Increased height

Why Study This Course?

This course is an advanced qualification enabling you to study child and adolescent psychology in depth.

  • This will be useful for your professional development -
  • If you want to work with children and adolescents, this will provide you with a detailed and thorough foundation to understanding child and adolescent psychology.
  • If you already work with children and adolescents, this course will improve your job and career prospects by expanding your knowledge and understandings of child and adolescent psychology
  • It will broaden and deepen your understanding of children and adolescents.
  • It can also provide a foundation for further advanced study
  • This course is suitable for anyone wanting to work with children, living with children, or wanting to understand more about how children think and behave.

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