Diploma of Higher Education in Child Care & Psychology (DHCP)
Do you enjoy working with children, helping them gain skills and derive satisfaction from their success?
This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your passion.
During the program you will be exposed to the core areas in psychology and to the essential and fundamental concepts of child and developmental psychology.
You will learn how to understand the behavior and thinking patterns of them and how to influence them in a positive manner.
There is a huge demand for child care and child psychology professionals all around the world in the state, private and NGO sector and these jobs are rewarding, prestigious and most importantly, satisfying.
Students could either continue with the same combination for the final year or to switch the fields entirely in to psychology.
Delivery & Assessment
Mode of Assessment
Diploma of Higher Education in Child Care & Psychology
Full time Weekday Cohorts: 2 Years*
Part Time Weekend Cohorts: 3 Years*
Weekday Cohort: 3 days a week
Weekend Cohort: Saturday & Sunday
February & September
Written Examinations + Coursework
On Campus in Sri Lanka*
TVEC, MQA , ABE
The program- Diploma in Higher Education in Psychology (DHEP) is offered by Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology (CIRP) and is recognized by Coventry University. The program spans for 5 semesters and include a psychology placement module to enhance students applied psychology knowledge. Moreover, the modules are included into the curriculum to enhance the quality and standards of the students who wish to transfer to BSc (Hons) program as a continuation of further academic studies. The bridging modules are designed to equal the first year curriculum of any given Psychology BSc program adhering BPS guidelines.
*A Student shall select 02 electives from the list given above
Traditional Entry Criteria
Minimum 2 passes at GCE/ Edexcel/ CIE A/L
+ Passed 5 subjects at O/L including Maths & English
Alternative Entry Criteria
Passed CIRP International Foundation
Or Passed a Foundation program from a recognized institute
Or Recognition of Prior learning that is acceptable to academic board
A very good command of English Language in reading, writing and speaking is required to successfully complete this program.
Students whose medium of primary and secondary education is not English, should either obtain an IELTS Score of 6.00 or any other proof of proficiency of English Language acceptable to the academic board
All candidates are selected through an interview
How often would I have to attend classes?
Students in the weekday cohort have classes usually on 3 days of the week and about 3 -4 hours of lectures a day. Classes are conducted between 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Weekend students have classes on Sundays, usually for about 6 hours from 8.30 a.m.
How is teaching done for this program?
Each module consists of around 15 sessions of direct teaching that covers the learning objectives and small group discussions and tutorials to support students.
How are the students assessed?
Students are assessed through a combination of a module based written examinations and coursework at the end of each semester.
How many modules are delivered in a semester?
Usually each semester is allocated 3 modules.
What learning materials and resources do I have access to?
All your lecture slides could be downloaded from the Student portal and a range of e books, journals, articles and research papers are available through CIRP Online resources. You could also refer or borrow books from CIRP library, which is open from 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. on all 7 days.