Access to Psychology: Access to HE Diploma | Level 3

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This programme aims to prepare mature students aged 19 and over for entry onto a higher education course. It’s ideal for those who did not gain the qualifications needed for university whilst at school or college.

This specialist psychology pathway is a one year full-time course. It is designed for adult learners who want to study psychology and other related courses at university. The introductory unit ‘Key Aspects of Psychology’ covers behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. There are also specialist units in statististics, biological psychology, social psychology and developmental psychology. The study skills units will help you to develop your academic writing style, presentation skills and IT skills.


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for busy adult learners with other commitments. Delivery of the course is a mixture of class-based activities and online learning so you will attend college two days per week. In-class activities will involve lectures, group work, peer learning and project-based tasks. You will also have access to online course materials via Google Classroom, which can be accessed via your laptop, tablet and mobile phone.

To progress on to this course, you will need GCSEs in English at grade 4 or above and maths. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for an Access to higher education (HE) course, we also have a selection of Access Foundation programmes that prepare you for our Access to HE courses.

Our Access Foundation programmes include our Access to Social Science Level 2 programme on which you can study GCSE English and maths alongside the Level 2 access certificate. Alternatively, there is the foundation GCSE programme that will support you to achieve passes in five GCSEs.

Units / Modules

Mandatory units: (Ungraded)

  • Academic Writing (3 credits)
  • Information Literacy Skills (3 credits)
  • Presentation Skills (3 credits)
  • Use of Information and Communication Technologies (Covers word processing and spreadsheets) (3 credits)
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities in High Education (3 credits)

Academic units: (Graded)

  • Key Aspects of Psychology (6 credits)
  • Social Psychology (6 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (6 credits)
  • Psychologial Disorders (6 credits)
  • Statistics for Psychology (3 credits)
  • Psychology: Research Skills Project (6 credits)
  • Biology: Brain and Behaviour (3 credits)
  • Biopsychology: Behaviour and Drugs (3 credits)
  • Individual Differences (Covers theories of personality and intelligece) (6 credits)

Benefits / Skills

This course will give you the underpinning knowledge required for degree level study in psychology and specialist subjects such as developmental psychology, social psychology and biological psychology. In addition, you will improve your academic skills such as academic writing, researching, critical thinking and information literacy skills.

You will also develop skills valued by employers. These include teamwork, data analysis, time management and problem-solving skills. By the end of the course, you will also be proficient at using a range of word processing and spreadsheet software including Microsoft Office and Google Suite. king and information literacy skills.

Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Additional requirements include a successful interview and demonstration of appropriate sector care values.

Career Progression

On successful completion of the Access to HE Diploma in Psychology, you will be able to progress to university to study the following courses.

  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Counselling
  • BSc Forensic Psychology
  • BSs Psychology with Criminology
  • BSc Psychology with Education
  • BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought
  • BA Social Psychology
  • BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology

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1 year

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Full time

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Course Fee (Adult)

£3,384   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts


This course can be funded using the Advanced Learner Loan. If you progress to university and pass your degree, Student Finance England will write off any outstanding balances. This means you may not have to pay anything for the course. You can find more information about Advanced Learner Loans on the government website (


If you are aged 19 to 23, and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for a waiver entitlement and will not have to pay for the course.

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