Welcome visitor you can login or create an account.
ADL is a leading provider of Distance Learning, Home Study & Online Courses
Neuropsychology Level 3 Certificate Course


Health & Medical Courses Online  Psychology & Counselling Courses Online  Science & Technology Courses Online   Courses Online   Courses Online 

Neuropsychology Level 3 Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BPS306 CLD
Contact us
Currency Converter
View As PDFEmail This

Learning Methods

* Select your Learning Materials:
otipPlease select your how you would like to receive the course materials:

* Pay in Full or Select your Interest Free Payment Plan:

Add to Wish List
Contact us
  • Drinking Water benefits - Hydration and You!Drinking Water benefits - Hydration and You!Dec 05, 2013 Drinking Water benefits - Hydration and You!  With up to 65% of the human body comprising of water it’s unsurprising that, short of air, water is the..
  • Online Courses - Why are Online Courses so Popular?Online Courses - Why are Online Courses so Popular?Oct 08, 2014 This is a collection of thoughts as to why Online Courses are so popular: There are a so many reasons: One of the more popular reasons is access. Many ..
  • Helping Others With DepressionHelping Others With DepressionMar 31, 2015 There are few things quite as insipid as depression.  As a mental illness depression is capable of completely colouring an individual’s life, leaving..
  • ADL Becomes Accredited Training Partner for Counselling Body.ADL Becomes Accredited Training Partner for Counselling Body.Feb 23, 2016 The Academy for Distance Learning is pleased to announce our new partnership with ACCPH.  Standing for the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapist..
  • Pharmacology- A Great Career ChoicePharmacology- A Great Career ChoiceAug 17, 2016 Pharmacology as a degree can lead to many career paths involving academia, research science or pharmacy to name a few. Not only are there a lot of career option..
  • Luis Pistelli: Neuropsychology Luis Pistelli: Neuropsychology Jun 18, 2018 I'm Luis Pistelli and I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I've been blind since my childhood; so to assist me to read the course material, complete assignm..
  • Understanding PhobiasUnderstanding PhobiasJan 11, 2019 Many of us experience phobic reactions to certain things – fear of snakes, spiders or dogs are commonly known. Some of us have more obscure phobias, s..
  • Alzheimer's Disease ExplainedAlzheimer's Disease ExplainedFeb 01, 2019 In simple terms, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease affecting the brain and its many complex functions. It is characterised by the degener..
( Maryke, 16/03/2016 ) Q:

I am presently outside of the UK. What format is the exam that I need to do?

( 30/03/2016 ) A:

The final exam can be done at a place and time of your choosing, anywhere in the world.

( Christopher , 13/05/2015 ) Q:

Hello, can you please provide a list of UK universities that accept your courses? Many thanks, Christopher

( 18/05/2015 ) A:

Hello Christopher,


Students have used our courses along with prior qualifications to get into the following universities on various different courses:








( Naheena, 27/02/2015 ) Q:

Hi who awards your courses and are threre recognised by other colleges and University

( 27/02/2015 ) A:

Hello Naheena,

The course is validated by ASIQUAL and is worth up to 10 credits if you wanted to take it to university levels. This only applies if you complete all aspects of the course including the exam.

( Laura , 24/02/2015 ) Q:

Hello, I would like to have more information about the course as im very interested on doing it, i'd like to know how many hours per lesson and what days are the lessons, Thanks, Laura

( 25/02/2015 ) A:

Hello Laura,


This is all self paced learning which means you are not tied to days that lessons are hosted. The course offers 100 hours of self paced study. This means you can take your course as fast or as slowly as you feel you can take it. Each lesson offers about 10 hours of study.

Ask a question

Note: HTML is not translated!

Neuropsychology Level 3 Certificate Course

Neuropsychology course online. Learn about nervous system control and behaviour. This course provides a different perspective on psychology; with insights into the effects brain damage or neurological disorders has on a person's behaviour, cognition and emotions.

It is a fascinating study for anyone interested in either psychology or human biology; and a useful course for anyone working in areas related to health or psychology


ACCPH accredited course logoThis level 3 course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).



This course has been accredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. CMA accredited course logoOn completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a "Fully Qualified Practitioner" and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters "MCMA" after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.

Watch a 5 minute video from a previous Neuropsychology student at: https://youtu.be/_ojtRLAZJBg


Learning Goals:  Neuropsychology BPS306
  • To describe the relevance of neuropsychology to managing psychological disorders.
  • To explain the physiology of the nervous system.
  • To describe the anatomy of the nervous system.
  • To describe how conditions within the brain affect the way in which a person is physically capable or incapable of performing a variety of different tasks.
  • To explain how various aspects of a person's thought processes may vary according to that person's neurobiology.
  • To describe a variety of perceptual disorders.
  • To explain a variety of motor disorders.
  • To explain the neuropsychology of language.
  • To differentiate between different dementias.
  • To explain aspects of development in neuropsychological terms.


Lesson Structure:  Neuropsychology

There are 10 lessons

  1. Foundations of Neuropsychology
    • What is neuropsychology?
    • The Information Processing Approach
    • Studying the human mind
    • Techniques used
    • Brain scans
    • Animal studies
    • Methods of investigating the brain
    • Psychological tests
    • Stroop test
  2. Neurophysiology
    • Neurons
    • Parts of a neuron
    • Neurotransmitters
    • Effects of neurotransmitters
    • Neurotransmitters and their effects
    • Endorphins
    • Disorders associated with neurotransmitters
    • Glia cells
    • Schwann cells
    • Nerve impulse
    • Synaptic transmission
    • Nerve impulse
    • Neuromuscular transmission
  3. Neuroanatomy
    • The nervous system
    • Parts of the central nervous system
    • The brain
    • The spinal cord
    • Spinal nerves
    • Blood brain barrier
    • Peripheral nervous system
    • Autonomic nervous system
    • Sensory somatic nervous system
    • Spinal nerves
    • Cranial nerves
    • How the nervous system works (a summary)
    • Problems with brain functioning
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Brain tumours
    • Injuries to the head
    • Epilepsy
    • Headaches
    • Mental illness
    • Meningitis and encephalitis
  4. Laterality and Callosal Syndromes
    • Brain lateralisation
    • Left handedness
    • Cognitive neuropsychology
    • Callosal syndrome
    • Complete severance
    • Split brain
    • Complete severance
    • Split brain syndrome
    • Lobotomy
    • Psychosurgery
    • Dual brain theory
  5. Cognition, Personality and Emotion
    • Brain damage
    • Emotion and moods
    • Phineas Gage
    • Brain damage and emotion
    • Frontal lobe
    • Higher level functioning
    • The Limbic system
    • Neurotransmitters
    • Neuropsychology
    • Emotions research
  6. Perception Disorders
    • Hemispatial neglect
    • Causes of hemispatial neglect
    • Auditory perceptual disorder
    • Agnosia
    • Visual agnosia
    • Types of visual agnosia
    • Prosopagnosia
    • Simultanagnosia
    • Optic aphasia
    • Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
  7. Motor Disorders
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Motor disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury
    • Non traumatic and/or genetic paediatric movement disorders
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Motor conditions
    • Gerstmann’s Syndrome
    • Apraxia
    • Motor skills disorder
    • Motion dyspraxia
    • Neural transplants and Parkinson’s Disease
    • Gene therapy
    • How does gene therapy work
    • Ethical issues surrounding gene therapy
  8. Language
    • Broca’s area
    • Wernicke’s area
    • Speech
    • Language
    • Speech and language disorders
    • Apraxia
    • Aphasia
    • Stuttering
    • Neurogenic stuttering
    • Troyer syndrome
    • Speech disorders
  9. Dementia
    • Kinds of dementia
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Vascular Dementia
    • Multi-infarct Dementia
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Pick’s Disease
    • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
    • Huntingdon’s Disease
    • Pseudo-Dementia
    • Spotting dementia and other conditions
  10. Neurodevelopment
    • Major processes of neurodevelopment
    • Neurogenesis
    • Migration
    • Differentiation
    • Apoptosis
    • Aborisation
    • Synaptogenesis
    • Asperger Syndrome
    • Neuroplasticity and brain damage

Each lesson requires the completion of an assignment which is submitted to the academy, marked by the academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Learn about the development of Neuropsychology and techniques used in human neuropsychological studies;
  • Describe the Neuroanatomy of:
    • Brainstem
    • Cerebellum and cerebral cortex
    • Organisation of the cerebral cortex
    • Cranial nerves , brain covering, ventricular system, arteries
    • Brain malfunction
    • Visual system
    • Other systems;
  • Determine why there is laterality;
  • Discuss callosal syndrome;
  • Discuss and compare theories of frontal lobe function;
  • Contrast normal aspects and abnormal aspects of emotion from a neuropsychological perspective;
  • Develop a diagnostic table of perceptual disorders;
  • Determine how the brain perceives faces;
  • Discuss language formation;
  • Describe language disorders;
  • Develop a table of kind of dementia;
  • Learn how recovery of function is affected across age spans.


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:

Iona ListerIona Lister course tutor
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.


Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.

Success Story - Inspiration at its Best!
Luis graduate of the course

Luis, Brazil

Luis is such an inspiration to us all.  He is visually impaired but managed to cope with our online distance learning course. He successfully completed his Neuropsychology course, with the help of a software programme called “Jaws”, a dedicated screen reader.

Extract from an Interview in the Brazilian Newspaper 
"O Municipio" 22nd July, 2017, Sao Joao da Boa Vista

"The local physiotherapist Luis Carlos Pistelli has just graduated in Neuropsychology from the ADL - Academy for Distance Learning, based in London, England. (This is a writer’s mistake; ADL is based in Canterbury). Blind from birth, Pistelli attended the distance course for 1 year, via internet, studying handouts in English, including correspondence with his monitor and performing the tests in that language. He is the first Brazilian student - and the only one so far - to be part of the student body of the school. APPROVED!

Tutor Iona Lister has always ranked Pistelli's results "far above" the average student attendance. She even told me that there were sections of modules that I introduced that she had never seen in 16 years of professional activity." More.....


Luis is now continuing his studies and is completing a further three modules to achieve An Advanced Certificate in Biopsychology in Biopsychology.


The Spinal Cord

The spinal cord is the continuation of the medulla oblongata, and can be described as a bundle of nerve fibres that carry both sensory and motor impulses to and from the brain. The cord is divided into segments down the length of the spinal column, and it has a covering of axons, making it a highly effective transmitter of impulses. The spinal cord is protected inside the vertebral column, which is made up of 24 separate vertebrae or bone segments. The cord also contains an area which is responsible for many of the reflex actions of the body, which are governed by the peripheral system (see Peripheral system, below).

Cerebrospinal fluid

In the centre of the spinal cord is a canal filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which circulates up and down the spinal cord and into cavities of the brain, bathing the entire surface of the CNS. This fluid moves in a system of cavities called ventricles, and serves several important functions, including:

  • It decreases the pressure on the base of brain
  • It provides a buffer to protect the brain from blows to the head
  • It transports hormones that are released into it to other parts of the brain
  • Because it always flows to the blood, it takes potentially harmful substances away from the brain.

Spinal nerves

Information received by receptors in the body below the head is transmitted to the brain through spinal nerves along the spinal cord.  Each spinal nerve is equipped to both receive sensory impulses from sensory nerves and send motor impulses to muscles, and each is connected to a particular part of the body. Each segment of spinal chord gives rise to of spinal nerves which descend in the vertebral canal briefly before merging within intervertebral foramina (spaces where nerves can pass through), after which they exit the vertebral canal to transmit motor impulses to specific parts of the body.

Different kinds of sensory information entering the spinal cord follow different, clearly defined paths to different areas of the somatosensory cortex (where such impulses are received). Most input into the brain is received from the opposite side of the body (contralateral to the receiving brain hemisphere), but some communication also crosses into the other hemisphere via the corpus callosum, allowing for greater integration of information. In the spinal cord, cell bodies and synapses are found in the grey matter, an area of unmyelinated neurons where cell bodies and synapses between sensory and motor neurons occur.

Spinal curves

There are three natural curves of the spine which give it its flexibility. These are the cervical curve (neck area), thoracic curve (middle spine), lumbar curve (lower spine), and sacral curve (at base of spine). Spinal nerves in the cervical region exit the vertebral column just above their corresponding vertebra, which those in the other regions exit the column just below their corresponding vertebra. Spinal nerves merge to create plexuses (interconnected nerve fibres). Four plexuses arise from the four regions of the spine: the brachial plexus, the thoracic plexus, the lumbar plexus, and the sacral plexus. These further create combinations that are the peripheral nerves.

Spinal Tracts

Spinal tracts are groups of fibres inside the CNS that carry information up or down the spinal cord, to or from the brain, or from one place within the brain to another. They are part of the spine’s “white matter”, make up of myelinated fibres (not the same as myelination in nerves). This white matter contains tracts that travel to and from the brain, the ascending tracts carrying sensory impulses to the brain, the descending tracts carrying motor impulses from the brain to the body.

The white matter of the spinal cord contains tracts that travel up and down the cord. Many of these tracts travel to and from the brain to provide sensory input to the brain, or bring motor stimuli from the brain to control effectors. Ascending tracts, those which travel toward the brain are sensory, descending tracts are motor.

Ascending tracts include:

  • Spinothalamic tracts, which carry pain and temperature sensory information from the spinal cord to the thalamus
  • Dorsal columns, tracts which carry touch and  pressure information from the spinal cord to the brain

Descending tracts include:

  • Corticospinal tracts, which carry motor impulses down from the cerebral cortex to the spinal cord.


Course Info
How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?
Course StartBegin your course at anytime.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final exam.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines100 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesPrevious students have used their qualification to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Choose from a Diploma (6 courses), Advanced Diploma (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diploma (12 courses.
How Can I Enrol?Online via eCommerce, by completing our Online Application Form, or by calling us on +44 (0) 1227 789 649. Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
How Can I Get a Pro-forma Invoice for my Employer?Contact us with details and we will email your employer an invoice. We will need: employer's name, address, telephone number, email address and contact name. We will also require your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth and the course and code you wish to enrol for.
ACCPH Professional AccreditationAccredited by ACCPH, which allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership means you can add the letters MACCPH after your name.
CMA Professional AccreditationAccredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a Fully Qualified Practitioner and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters MCMA after your name. ​CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.

                       Learn, Progress, Change, Achieve                                                     


Previous Customer Experiences with our CoursesWoman leaping to the next level in her career development

"Fantastic Teacher. Well organised modules. Assignments force me to learn and research more so I can prepare well for exams. I really enjoyed studying via ADL.  I can now continue study at Ulster University which accept my certificate from ADL".    Level 4,  Advanced Certificate in Applied Science,  VSC001,  Stanislawa,  Poland.

Its with great pleasure I am announcing you my new job as 'Park Manager' for a 5 star hotel in Reunion Island.  Its definitely my courses with ADL (Botany, Agronomy and Trees for Rehabilitation) which were decisive for my nomination. Accordingly, my sincere thanks goes to all the ADL team.

"The course was a valuable learning experience as it provided me with the knowledge and understanding for me as a Careers Advisor. The feedback was very good from my tutor, and allowed me to  build upon my assignments that were marked. The comments were very informative  and very useful. Well written course material."  Andrew W, Careers  Counselling, UK

More Reviews....


Contact Us
First Name:

Email Address:

Phone Number:


Get an Information Pack

Other (write below)

Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure all information from the academy is accurate and that the student has attained the competencies taught in a course, at the point of their assessment. Beyond this point, the graduate is responsible to maintain their acquired competencies, and apply acquired knowledge and skills in a way which is appropriate to the unique characteristics of each application. This will release the academy from any liability, action and claims of whatsoever nature in connection with, or arising from any such information, instruction or advice, given by any student or ex-student, whether directions given during the course are followed or not.