Access to HE
Reading, RG1 4HJ
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On the Access to HE: Psychology Level 3 Diploma pathway you will study psychology, human biology and sociology.
An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.
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 have 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
You will study:
- human biology
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.
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 this programme is through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
Assessments are a mixture of:
- structured questions
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 4 (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.
If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will also be invited in for an interview where you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, 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 and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.
There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.
How to Apply
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register for our online service and verify your account
- Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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 include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.