Access to HE: Psychology Level 3 Diploma

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On the Access to HE: Psychology Level 3 Diploma pathway you will study psychology, human biology and sociology.

On the Access to HE: Psychology Level 3 Diploma pathway you will study psychology, human biology and sociology. You will be introduced to some of the theories regarding human behaviour and experience, and will explore some of the explanations psychologists make to understand humans and their interactions with the world. You will also conduct an in-depth investigation of human behaviour. 

Students from this pathway have progressed on to higher education to study psychology, deaf studies, counselling, occupational therapy, human services, sociology, religion and theology.

What I'll learn

Initially, you will learn about the history of psychology, the main perspectives, and the debates in psychology. Topics in cognitive, developmental and social psychology will then be covered, as well as individual differences. Finally the subject will focus on research methods where you will undertake an in-depth investigation of human behaviour and experience. You will also study human biology and sociology as supporting subjects.

As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal and study skills through a common core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.


How I'll learn

Teaching will take the form of lectures, discussions, group work and self-directed learning. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, research projects, oral presentations and timed assessments.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students including financial support. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets.

Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues. Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access to HE students' progress to higher education. You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment on the Access to HE Psychology programme is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. 

No specific qualifications are asked for however a GCSE grade C in English or maths would be beneficial. You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

At your initial assessment you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve. Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy. You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.