The Child Psychology course is an introduction to the methods, language and practice of child psychology. It examines the core issues in relation to child psychological development including language, thinking and socialisation with particular focus on the emergence of the child as an individual. The class each week will begin with a practical case study followed by a discussion of what child psychology offers as explanations of the phenomenon.

Portobello Institute has developed the Child Psychology course to give you a basic understanding of the fundamentals of child psychology in terms of growth and development and some common childhood psychological difficulties.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Certificate in Child Psychology
  • QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Child Psychology (6N2023)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.


Course Structure

This is a part time course.

Course Content Modules

  1. How children change as they grow from zero to the cusp of adulthood
  2. How different psychological theories help understanding of child and adolescent development
  3. Different scientific methods used in investigating child and adolescent behaviour and development.
  4. Social development, its effects on school age children and their interactions with their peers and family
  5. How technology is affecting children's learning and development
  6. The influence of transitions such as family breakdown, e.g. moving from primary to secondary, on a sense of self



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