Introduction to psychology - virtual (02RN01CL/20)

Online Course

Course details

Have you ever wondered how our personalities develop? How about why some people have better memories than others, or where prejudice and discrimination comes from? If you have a curiosity for the world around you, and what makes people similar whilst still being unique, then this is the course for you.

The Introduction to psychology - virtual course is suitable for anybody who is interested in human behaviour and wants to develop their knowledge and understanding.

You’ll learn about the evolution of psychology and some of its key principles and debates.You’ll also find out more about how memory develops and gain a better understanding of how phobias, prejudice and discrimination can develop and consider how we develop as individuals. This course is perfect for anyone who is interested in the science of human behaviour and would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of psychology.

What do I need to join the course?

You do not need any prior knowledge of psychology to join this course, just an interest in the subject. As the course is being delivered virtually through Microsoft Teams you will need to ensure that you are able to connect to the internet, have a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge) and are able to follow the links to take part in the virtual activities. This will include having some basic computer skills, including being able to use a keyboard and mouse.

What do I need to provide for the first session?

This course is delivered via virtual learning on Microsoft Teams. You will not need to attend any classroom delivery but you will need to commit to attending the virtual sessions at the specified dates and times. In order to participate in the virtual sessions you will need access to the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Headset/earphones if required, including a microphone (unless you are able to work in an area where you will not be disturbed/disturb others
  • A reliable internet connection
  • An email address to access the virtual classroom
  • A means of using video conferencing e.g. integrated webcam, webcam, tablet with camera
  • Teams app downloaded (free download is available)
  • You may find it useful to have a notebook and pen to make notes and you may be asked to submit work back to your tutor, therefore the ability to produce a text or word document that you can upload or email to your tutor will be beneficial.

If you are unsure about how to join a virtual learning session please contact us as soon as possible, but at the latest 2 working days prior to your course starting.  We will then arrange for one of our Personal Advisors to contact you and talk you through how to access the sessions.

You may also want to attend our Preparing for virtual learning short session, this will help you to get started and feel confident in participating with any future virtual learning courses. For more details on this please search on the course booking system or telephone us on 01482 887670 or email

How will I learn?

During this virtual course you will take part in a range of activities including presentations, group and individual work.

What will I learn?

You will learn about:

  • the evolution of psychology
  • memory development, non-verbal communication and the role of social influence
  • development of personality, phobias, sex and gender, and stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
  • how psychology applies to our everyday lives.

What could I do next?

You may wish to go on to join one of our other Health and social care courses; we offer courses in Child and adolescent development, Counselling, Self esteem and confidence building and Mindfulness; your tutor will discuss the options with you during your time on this course.

Can we help you to learn?

You can find more information on the Financial help and additional support page or you can contact us to talk about this and any other support we can provide.