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Diploma of Higher Education in Child & Educational Psychology


UK Level 5


2 Years


About the Course

Child & Educational Psychology

Child & Educational Psychology is a specialty in psychology that offers many exciting, satisfying  and  rewarding career options. Using psychological concepts in identifying problems in children, supporting them overcome behavioral issues, healing them from negative effects of abuse and trauma  and supporting them with learning and social difficulties , professionals in Child & Educational Psychology serve community working with children to make their future a healthy one.

In a fast phased, sophisticated world problems faced by children increase day by day. Everyone from government to schools and parents are concerned about emotional and behavioral well-being of children. Some children could be different from others in their abilities, experiences and way of thinking. Child and educational psychologists are passionate about supporting these children without falling back.

From evaluating and assessing children, understanding and supporting  their cognitive, social and moral development to fighting child abuse , Child & Educational Psychology psychologists are using their  knowledge and skills to ensure that future of the world and mankind is in safe hands.

Diploma of Higher Education in Child & Educational Psychology (DHEPCh)

This Level 5 Diploma is designed to provide students with the ground knowledge required to start their journey towards becoming a professional  in child and educational  psychology. Program provides a thorough understanding of  behaviors and thinking of children through core modules delivered in the first two semester and then go on to introduce the students to applications of psychology in supporting, providing therapy and working with children in different contexts.

At the end of the  DHEPCr, you will cover the content covered in the first two years of the Bachelor;s degree in Psychology as well as knowledge relevant to first two years of a degree in child and educational  psychology. Hence giving you the opportunity to select your academic and career path at the end of the second year.

You have the options of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Child & Educational Psychology (Check transfer options) or completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with a Specialization in Child & Educational Psychology.

Please check-out the Dual Qualification Series offered by CIRP

Job Opportunities in Child & Educational Psychology path

Please note that some of these professions require you to complete further studies and training after a bachelor’s degree.

  • Child Psychologist

  • Educational Psychologist

  • Child Psychotherapist 

  • School Psychologist

  • Child Protection & Probation Officers

  • Child Care & Child Welfare

  • Child Psychology Lecturer & Researchers

  • Special needs teacher

  • Pre-school Principal / School Administrator

  • School Counselor

  • Adolescent Counselor

  • Career Counselor

  • Child related Advocacy & Policy Making  


How is the program delivered?

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


Qualification Title                   : Diploma of Higher Education in  Psychology & Childcare

Qualification Level                 : UK RQF Level 5

Awarding Body                      : Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology UK          

Credits                                    : 240 UK RQF Credits

Modules                                  : 16

Duration                                  : 02 Years

Progression                              : BSc (Hons) Psychology Final Year

Transfer Options                     : Available

Combinations                          : Dual Qualifications & Double Majors

Accreditation                          : Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission, Sri Lanka

Schedule                                 : Weekday or Weekends

Delivery                                  : On Campus or Online

Intakes                                    : February & September

Module Structure

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

1. Introduction to Psychology                    

2. Biopsychology                                        

3. Cognitive Psychology                             

4. Developmental Psychology                    

5. Social Psychology                                    

6. Memory                                                     

7. Personality                                                 


  Child & Educational Psychology 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                                                                      

5. Counseling Children & Adolescents                                                   


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


1. Research Methods – Quantitative         

2. Research Methods – Qualitative         

3. Statistics 1                                           

4. Statistics 2                                            


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 2 Passes in any Stream

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

Educational Qualifications - Special considerations for mature students

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 programme.

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 Proficient Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of mastery before commencing the program

Award & Certificate

DHEP 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

Academic Progression & Transfer Options

Most of the students who complete the first two years will enter the final year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology program delivered at CIRP in Sri Lanka in affiliation with UK university Partner.

Some students opt to transfer to different countries and universities around the world. As a result of DHEP curriculum meeting international standards, students are able to get exemptions with almost all the universities they apply to. CIRP has already established transfer pathways to many universities in UK, Australia, Canada, Dubai and many other countries.

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.


Success Stories

Aqsa Atique

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology from CIRP in 2023 and my area of specialization was Child and Educational Psychology. I had an excellent learning experience at CIRP, I took part in many events and activities that helped me to develop my skills. I volunteered at CIRP life center to gain experience in working with children and also did an internship at CIRP at a research assistant. Now I am working as a Trainee Educational Psychologist at one of the leading international schools in Colombo.

Aqsa Atique
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