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Abnormal Psychology: On-Demand Online Course

Join our online Abnormal Psychology course with Oxford Royale Academy to kickstart a rewarding career.

Online Abnormal Psychology Course Introduction

Are you intrigued watching TV shows involving psychiatrists or ‘shrinks’? If so, there’s no doubt that you will have come across abnormal psychology. It is the branch of psychology that deals with abnormal behaviour, covering a broad range of disorders from depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to personality disorders. Abnormal psychology focuses on identifying and treating problems that may be causing distress or disruption to an individual, in order to to help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Our online course is ideal preparation if you are thinking of studying psychology, medicine, or related subjects at university.

Join our online Abnormal Psychology course with Oxford Royale Academy to kickstart a rewarding career.

Abnormal Psychology

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What's in the Abnormal Psychology On-Demand Course?

Course Summary

Abnormal psychology focuses on diagnosing and treating abnormal psychological conditions, such as schizophrenia, addiction, eating disorders, amongst many others. But what exactly defines someone as being ‘abnormal’, and how can psychologists recognise abnormality in a patient? And once recognised, how can this abnormality be treated? The course begins by answering these questions, focusing on the various ways in which someone’s behaviour and emotions can be said to be ‘abnormal’ before moving on to outline the major diagnostic methods that modern psychologists employ. It will also introduce you to the major models through which abnormality can be explained: the biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioural models. Following this introduction, you will use these models to examine case studies of three specific abnormal conditions – schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addiction – discussing how such conditions are diagnosed, what causes them, and what the most effective treatments are today.

Topics Covered

During the course, you will:

  • understand how psychologists diagnose abnormality in a patient
  • gain awareness of the different models used in the psychology of abnormality
  • understand the multiple factors that may lead to an abnormal psychological condition

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • discuss with confidence the four major models of abnormal psychology
  • understand the possible causes of three major abnormal psychological conditions
  • discuss the multiple causal factors that may lead to an abnormal condition

What’s Included?

  • Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion



Tutorial 1: Defining Abnormality (1 - 1.5 hours)

The course begins with a look at how abnormality is defined, and how it can be diagnosed in a patient. It then outlines the four major models used by psychologists to explore abnormality: the biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioural models.

Tutorial 2: Schizophrenia (1 - 1.5 hours)

Schizophrenia is one of the most well-known abnormal psychological conditions, affecting almost 1 in 100 people at some point in their life. This tutorial examines the possible causes of the disorder, using the models outlined in tutorial 1.

Tutorial 3: Addiction (1 - 1.5 hours)

Addiction is one of the most widespread abnormal conditions, and can be completely debilitating for both the sufferer and those around them depending on its severity. We focus on addictions to gambling and smoking in this tutorial, once again using our four models to undertake a detailed exploration.

Tutorial 4: Eating Disorders (1 - 1.5 hours)

Eating disorders are our final case study in the course, and entail an analysis of a number of additional factors, particularly the role of the media. We shall examine the diagnosis and causes of such disorders, as well as looking at why more women tend to suffer from the disorder than men.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for science, with particular reference to Psychology
This course would suit students studying towards A-level Sociology/Psychology or equivalent, and in particular those interested in further university study of Psychology.

Course Level

For students applying to university to study Psychology, Medicine, Social Sciences or related subjects



Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.




4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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