OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Psychology

Qualification Number: 610/0402/9


The objective of the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Psychology qualification is to provide learners with a specialist programme of study that provides a depth of knowledge and understanding of key aspects within the field of Psychology.

Learners will study level 4 and 5 units, worth 120 credits per academic year with a total credit value of 240 credits (equivalent to the first 2 years of an honours degree).

The Level 4 units introduce relevant topics that lay the foundation for learning. Learners will be introduced to historical and contemporary approaches to psychology, including biopsychology, social and developmental psychology, attachment theories, human memory processes and contemporary research and investigation methods.

The Level 5 units allow learners to specialise and progress in a variety of relevant subject areas and focus on how our understanding of psychology is applied today. Learners will develop and enhance their skills in the following areas: mental health and psychopathology, cognitive psychology, visual perception, the diversity of addiction, social psychology with a focus on pro and anti-social behaviour, individual differences relating to criminology, intelligence and personality as well as becoming aware of contemporary debates and issues in the field of Psychology.

Following successful completion of the course, learners will have a well-rounded knowledge of psychology, which can be applied to further study and careers associated with the subject

Entry requirements

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.

The entry profile for learners is likely to include at least one of the following

  • Relevant Level 3 Diploma qualification or equivalent qualification.
  • GCE Advanced level in 2 subjects or equivalent qualification.
  • Mature learners (over 21) with relevant management experience.


OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma qualifications represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Diplomas (HND) and Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme.


The Level 5 Extended in Psychology is 12 – 18 Months.


This Diploma in Diploma in Psychology programme is accredited by Ofqual Awarding body (Othm).




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Course Delivery

The programme is  delivered:

  • 100% Online
  • Blending Learning
  • Self-paced learning – Students can learn with their own time and schedule at their own speed with the help of tutor


Successful completion of the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Psychology qualification provides learners the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including entry to a Level 6 Diploma qualification in a related field or directly into employment in a wide range of careers.

As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners may be eligible to gain direct entry into Year 3 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Psychology qualification consists of twelve mandatory units, 240 credits.

To achieve the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Psychology qualification, learners must achieve 240 credits, of which 120 credits are at Level 4 (6 units) and 120 credits are at Level 5 (6 units).

All units are mandatory.

Level 4 units:

  • The Scope of Psychology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology (20 credits)
  • Biopsychology (20 credits)
  • The Development of Attachments (20 credits)
  • Processes of Human Memory (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Investigating Psychology (20 credits)

Level 5 units:

  • Psychological Approaches to Depression and Schizophrenia (20 credits)
  • Individual Differences: Intelligence; Personality and Criminology (20 credits)
  • Visual Perception (20 credits)
  • Social Psychology: pro and anti-social behaviour (20 credits)
  • The Diversity of Addiction (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Psychology (20 credits)


Assessment is via assignment submission

No Exams