Access to HE Diploma: Psychology (QHA)

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Access to HE courses aim to prepare 19+ learners (aged 19+) for degree level study. These courses are ideal for adult learners who want to develop the skills and knowledge needed for university.

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 ‘Psychology’ covers behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. There are also specialist units in statististics, biological psychology and developmental psychology. The study skills units will help you to develop your academic writing style, presentation skills and IT skills.

The course is nationally recognised and validated by Gateway.

Course Information

This is a 60 credit diploma course. 15 credits are from ungraded units and 45
credits are from graded units. Graded units are assessed at pass, merit and
distinction (See unit/modules for breakdown of units).

This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge required for
undergraduate courses in psychology.

The Psychology/Health care project will develop the independent research
skills needed for degree level study. The statistics unit aims to build
students’ confidence in the maths required to analyse data collected as part of
a research project.


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.

Units / Modules

You will study ungraded units such as:

  • Academic Skills for Access to HE: 6 credits
  • Using IT, Numeracy and Data for Learning and Research: 9 credits

In addition, you will study these specialist topics (Graded at pass, merit and distinction):

  • Psychology: 9 credits
  • Psychology - Development in Childhood and Adolescence: 9 credits
  • Psychological Aspects of Health and Illness: 9 credits
  • Psychology and/or Healthcare Project: 9 credits
  • Biology: The Nervous system and behaviour: 6 credits
  • Higher Skills in Mathematics – Normal Distribution and Testing: 3 credits

Benefits / Skills

This course will give you the underpinning knowledge required for degree level study in psychology and related subjects. 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 G Suite. For example, you will be able to use spreadsheets to analyse data.

Assessment Types

You will be assessed via range coursework including essays, exams, reports, academic posters, presentations and booklets.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs in English and maths and English 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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Course Details


1 year

Study Type

Full time

Start Date


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Course Fee (Adult)

£3,022   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts


If you are 19-23, and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification, course fees will be waived. This means you don’t have to pay anything for the course.


If you are 19-23 and already have a full level 3 qualification or 24+, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you have completed your degree. This means you might not have to repay the loan.

Extra Curriculum

You will be studying alongside other adults aged 19 and over, and will be fully supported by experienced tutors.

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