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Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychology


Level 5


1 Year

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Child and Adolescent Psychology is a specialty in applied psychology that uses a broad range of techniques to support and guide children and teenagers improve their well-being, academic performance, prevent and alleviate distress caused by negative childhood experiences, emotional distress due to family conflicts and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to function better in their future

Child and Adolescent psychologists support cognitive, social and moral development and functioning across childhood and are equipped to provide therapeutic support in learning difficulties, behavioral problems and emotional issues.

Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychology

Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychology is a program designed to provide individuals with  knowledge and skills required to better understand behaviors and thinking patterns of children and adolescents in order to support them in various issues and in different contexts.

During the program students will be introduced to normal development in cognitive, social and moral aspects from early childhood to adolescence.  Program will also discuss the common psychological conditions that affect their learning, social interaction, cognitive development, gender identity and self-control.

As opposed to traditional child psychology programs this will approach the concepts from an applied aspect and discuss issues during teenage that are often overlooked.

Aims & Objectives

Upon successful completion students will be able to :

  1. Understand the normal cognitive, social and moral development from early childhood to adolescence.

  2. Demonstrate core knowledge in Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Social approached to psychology

  3. Apply psychological theories in improve the quality and effectiveness in parenting, teaching, managing & motivating children

  4. Identify Psychological conditions in children and teenagers and how to support children and parents in these conditions

  5. Apply psychological theories in curriculum and activity development, policy making, toys and game development


Program Delivery

Program is delivered using modern teaching methods and training techniques that inspires the minds of the students creating enthusiasm, interest and motivation to explore further in to the field. A variety of methods from face to face lectures to case studies, journal discussions, workshops and seminars, small group discussions and group activities are used to create and maintain passion of the students.

Program Structure


Duration                              Standard : 01 Year            Fast-track : 06 months

Delivery                               On Campus / Online

Modules                              08

Compulsory                        05

Electives                             03

Credit Value                       120 RQF UK Credits

Level                                   05 (UK RQF Standard)

Classes                               Sundays

Awarding Body                 Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology

Accreditation                     Tertiary  & Vocational Education Commission  Sri Lanka

Credit Transfer                  Available

Transfer abroad                 Available

Progression                        Higher Diploma / Bachelor’s Degree


Module Structure


Core Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1              Introduction to Psychology                                         

2              Biopsychology                                                                                                  

3              Cognitive Psychology                                                                                    

4              Developmental Psychology                                                                        

5              Social Psychology                                                            


Specialization Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1. Psychological Disorders of Childhood                                                

2. Adolescent Psychological & Behavioral Issues                                              

3. Protecting Children from Abuse & Trauma                                      

4. Educational Psychology                                                                           


A student may select three (03) of the above modules.

Placement & Supervised Training

Students who wish to improve their practitioner skills by obtaining a supervised training and/or placement may benefit from the supervised training programs provoded by CIRP life center, CIRP’s own psychotherapy and counseling center.


Assessments are designed to ensure that the students have achieved the required learning outcomes. Students are provided opportunity to take a range of assessments that will empower students to face the various different challenges and demands of their work life upon graduation including written examinations, essays and assignments submitted online, individual and group presentations, social media projects, mini research projects.

Entry Criteria

Educational Qualifications - Standard Entry 

Completed A/L  (SL / Edexcel / Cambrdige / Recognized examinations body) with a minimum of Two (02)  Passes in any Stream 

Or have completed a Foundation Programme  awarded by a recognized College /University 

Educational Qualifications - Special considerations for mature students 

Applicable for candidates who are above 21 and do not meet the above entry criteria. These applications will be handled on an individual basis and the academic board will decide based on the evidence provided by the candidate.

A professional qualification with two (02) years work experience in a relevant field.Or follow the Access Diploma to Higher Education at CIRP.

Language Requirement

A high level of English Proficiency  is required to successfully complete this program.

English Proficiency of the students will be assessed in the beginning of the programs and students who do not meet the expected standard will be asked to follow the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of mastery before commencing their studies.

Academic Progression in Sri Lanka   

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Child & Adolescent Psychology, students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in the following programs

                Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

                Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology & Childcare

                BSc (Hons) Psychology

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, upon successful completion of the Diploma of Child & Adolescent Psychology, you are eligible to apply for the following Postgraduate programs

                MSc Applied Psychology – Child & Adolescent Practice

                MSc Applied Psychology – Counseling Psychology

International Credit Transfers  

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Child & Adolescent Psychology, students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in related programs through credit transferring.

We could recommend you the universities that we already have a partnership with or if you have a preferred country and/or a University we could support you to transfer the credits by working with the university.

Employability – Local & Foreign                                               


CIRP Qualifications are registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Qualification Authority of Sri Lanka, therefore your qualification is recognized by the Government of Sri Lanka as a vocational qualification. If you plan to apply for foreign employment, You are eligible to get your certificate endorsed by the Government of Sri Lanka as a recognized qualification. 

Award & Certificate

Diploma level qualifications awarded by CIRP and is recognized by TVEC Sri Lanka. Certificate is issued by CIRP and you are able to get the certificate attested by TVEC Sri Lanka as a registered qualification when you apply for foreign universities.

Student Life

CIRP offers and excellent campus life that provides students ample opportunities to enjoy their university life combining academic work with a range of other activities. Most are aimed at providing students the much required recreational time and sufficient time away from classrooms essential for psychological well-being. Working together with the students council, CIRP organizes many activities and events to bring our hidden talents in students, provide confidence, enhance social and interpersonal skills, embrace cultural diversity and have fun in a responsible  way in a safe environment. 

We invite all students to check out student life at CIRP.


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