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Aimed at beginners, the course will covers the basics of human behaviour and function from a range of different psychological perspectives.

The course will cover the basic principles of Psychology with the aim of understanding how the human mind works. We will use evidence from research studies to explain and understand the complexities of the human mind and behaviour.

Topics will include:

  • Human development from birth to old age
  • Cognitive functions such as memory, decision making and perception
  • Social norms and conformity How does our social environment shape our behaviour?
  • Emotions and regulation
  • Basic neuroscience - brain structure, imaging techniques and myths
  • Mental health - what factors influence mental health? How can we use this information to promote good mental health?

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Explain how cognitive functions develop and decline over the lifespan, using evidence from research studies to support their ideas.
  • Understand how influence from others and society impacts on our thoughts, beliefs and actions.
  • Identify the basic emotions and be able to explain how and why we regulate our emotional responses.
  • Understand the basic anatomy of the human brain.
  • Identify a range of different mental health disorders and explain the associated symptoms.

*PLEASE NOTE - The running of this course is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Newbury College reserve the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled learners will be notified one week prior to the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.


A basic level of numeracy and literacy is required.


This course contains a short accredited qualification, which consists of planning and carrying out several different Psychology projects using a range of taught skills. Students keep a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and also externally via the awarding body. Upon successful completion of the qualification, students are awarded the Level 1 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for Psychology.


Progress on this course will be tested through answering handouts, quizzes/informal tests, observation, peer and lecturer feedback, marked written work and presentation.

Home Study

Homework is essential and students will benefit from undertaking home study of 1 to 2 hours per week.

Work Placement

Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.


Students can progress onto other related courses including Mental Health Awareness and Dementia Awareness.

Fees and Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

Additional Information

Students need to bring the following to class: a pen, paper and folder (for handouts).

99660 192004 Monday 20/04/2020 01/06/2020 19:00 - 21:00 £95.00
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