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Adolescent Psychology (BPS211)



Is it Really Possible to Understand Teenagers?

Many teenagers lead perfectly normal lives and have no problems passing from childhood to adolescence, and from adolescence into adulthood.  However, teenagers undergo some profound changes in their development within a relatively short period of time and sometimes they find these transition periods quite challenging.  Often those around them,  whether at home or at school, may be only too aware of their problems but are not sure of  how these changes occur and what to do about it. Often these children just need a little more care and understanding.

This course examines the changes that affect the lives of adolescents from physical and hormonal changes associated with puberty to emotional and psychological changes which taking on new life roles bring about. The course can help professionals or concerned parents to move towards a thorough understanding of adolescents.


What this Course Covers

Adolescent Psychology consists of ten lessons:
1. Introduction – Theories of Human Development
2. Life Crises
3. Physical Development
4. Intellectual Development
5. Emotional Development
6. Sexuality
7. Social Development
8. Moral Development
9. Delinquency and Crime
10. Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood
Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

  • How Children Think
  • The Brain and Behaviour
  • Counselling Handbook
  • Family and Relationships Counselling
  • Coping Better with Negative Emotions


There are three basic types of assessment.  Assessments are more than just a way of giving you a final result though!  For us; these assessments are opportunities to revisit things you have studied; interact with our academic staff, and look at things from another perspective. Psychologists know that true learning requires revisiting what you learn. Through these assessments, your learning is strengthened and in doing so, your ability to retain and apply your learning after study is strengthened.
By giving you different types of assessment tasks, the ways in which you encounter information is varied.  The three types of assessments are:
1.    Self-assessment tests (SAT):  These are presented during each lesson and are essentially an on-line quiz.  These provide immediate results, so you are able to identify areas that require further work.
2.    Assignments: These are undertaken at the end of each lesson and are designed to consolidate the lesson aim and the content.
3.    Optional Final Exam: Upon successful completion of all the lessons, you are able to choose to sit a final exam.  This can be sat at your convenience.  There is an additional cost for this option.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a formal transcript as proof of your results.

How Long Will You Take?

This course is flexible, allowing you to study at times that suit you.  It is designed so that most students will take about 100 hours to complete it.  What that looks like, is totally up to you.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network.  These are Colleges that are located in offices around the world and are affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.  Courses are developed with input from all the staff at these colleges, reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict “No Plagiarism” policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and if plagiarism is detected, work will not be deemed to have been completed and will be penalised.

How This Course Could Help You

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, or mental health and youths. Those wishing to work in counselling & psychology, youth work as well as in other caring roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It may also be of benefit to anyone wanting to enhance their understanding to help adolescent friends or family living with mental health problems.

Study this course either in isolation or as part of a certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.



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