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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology)

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn the many factors that influence thoughts, behaviours, and emotions
  • Study a degree in an engaging and rapidly expanding field of study
  • Take a step towards a career as a Psychologist
  • Completion possible within a year
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Online study
  • No exams

About your Diploma

If you’re fascinated by people and what makes them tick, studying psychology allows you to dive deep into the exploration of the mind to understand the different ways people think, feel, and behave. It looks at different motivations and how past experiences – both good and bad – can influence our actions, reactions, and relationships.
 
For this reason, studying psychology is an opportunity to observe the full spectrum of human behaviour, from childhood to adulthood, as well as the methodologies behind diagnosis, treatment, and support when issues are identified.
If this appeals to you, our online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology) will allow you to gain the essential knowledge needed to study psychology or a related social science at degree level.
 
You will cover a number of fascinating modules, from ethical issues in psychological research to crime and deviance and explanations of the development of individual differences. This knowledge and more will ready you for degree level study and, upon graduation from university, you will have several career options to choose from. 
 
These include therapy, forensics, teaching, sports therapy, law enforcement, marketing, wellness, and wellbeing and many more. This online psychology course not only prepares you for university level study, but it also equips you with skills that employers find highly desirable. Effective communication, analysis, methodical thinking, and problem solving are all qualities found in psychology graduates.
 

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK online course provider, helping thousands of students every year achieve their academic and career goals. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology), is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
As an online course, you have the complete flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. So, no matter if you are looking to change careers and study outside of your current work commitments, or while you care for your children, you can comfortably complete the course that will help you reach your goal. 
 
Once enrolled, you will have access to all the course materials required to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma. You will also receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) outlining the submission deadlines for each of your assignments, to help you stay on track. Outside of these deadlines, you can move through the course at your pace, which is why despite having two years to complete the course, most of our learners are finished in 9-12 months.  
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%
The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. 
Unit 1: Preparing to Study
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback
Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information, or central ideas
Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment
Unit 4: Introduction to Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research
Unit 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance
Unit 6: Developing Child
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development in children from birth to 18 years
Unit 7: Sociology of the Family
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views
Unit 8: Developmental Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development
  • Understand the nature/nurture debate in relation to the development of intelligence, personality or language. 
Unit 9: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues
Unit 10: The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology)
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the major subdivisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons
Unit 11: Abnormal Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 12: Psychological Methodology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research methods used by psychologists
  • Understand the principles of research design
  • Understand the importance of ethical considerations in psychological research
  • Understand what is meant by hypothesis testing and statistical significance
  • Understand the purpose of statistical tests in psychology.
Unit 13: The Psychology of Learning
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by learning
  • Understand what is meant by conditioning and its practical applications
  • Understand Social Learning Theory and Observational Learning
Unit 14: Sociology of Education
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the important of education as a socialising agency
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy
Unit 15: Social Relationships
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand theories of interpersonal relationships
  • Understand differing explanations and research evidence relating to the stages of relationships
  • Understand the effects of interpersonal relationships on the individual
Unit 16: Forensic Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the roles of the Forensic Psychologist
  • Understand how psychologists have contributed to jury behaviour and eyewitness memory
  • Understand offender profiling
  • Be able to apply an offender profiling technique to a case study
Unit 17: Theories of Child Development
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work in child development
  • Understand alternative theories of development
  • Understand how stages of development link to practical situations
Unit 18: Psychobiology of Stress
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand the methods used to reduce stress
Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma will need to have a GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English (new GCSE grade 4-9) or Functional Skills Level 2 to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. 
 
Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the university
  3. Passing a university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessment
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills)
 
Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Psychology).

Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

 

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012372).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Career

Completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology) puts you on a direct path to studying psychology or a similar social science degree at university. Upon graduation, you will be able to move into a host of careers that require knowledge of the human condition.
 
You could become an:
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Domestic Abuse Worker
  • Head of Learning and Professional Development
  • HR Director
  • Lecturer in Policing
  • National Crime Agency (NCA) Officer
  • Occupational Therapy Support Officer
  • Wellbeing Lead
 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

Once you graduate from university, you could also continue your psychology studies to become a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol). This would require a master’s degree in your chosen specialism through subjects like:
  • MSc Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
If you want to teach psychology, this is also an option once you have completed the relevant postgraduate qualifications. Alternatively, you could learn more about specific areas like mental health through online courses such as learndirect’s:
  • Mental Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Counselling Level 3 Diploma (RQF)
  • TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
  • TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology)

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn the many factors that influence thoughts, behaviours, and emotions
  • Study a degree in an engaging and rapidly expanding field of study
  • Take a step towards a career as a Psychologist
  • Completion possible within a year
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Online study
  • No exams

About your Diploma

If you’re fascinated by people and what makes them tick, studying psychology allows you to dive deep into the exploration of the mind to understand the different ways people think, feel, and behave. It looks at different motivations and how past experiences – both good and bad – can influence our actions, reactions, and relationships.
 
For this reason, studying psychology is an opportunity to observe the full spectrum of human behaviour, from childhood to adulthood, as well as the methodologies behind diagnosis, treatment, and support when issues are identified.
If this appeals to you, our online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology) will allow you to gain the essential knowledge needed to study psychology or a related social science at degree level.
 
You will cover a number of fascinating modules, from ethical issues in psychological research to crime and deviance and explanations of the development of individual differences. This knowledge and more will ready you for degree level study and, upon graduation from university, you will have several career options to choose from. 
 
These include therapy, forensics, teaching, sports therapy, law enforcement, marketing, wellness, and wellbeing and many more. This online psychology course not only prepares you for university level study, but it also equips you with skills that employers find highly desirable. Effective communication, analysis, methodical thinking, and problem solving are all qualities found in psychology graduates.
 

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK online course provider, helping thousands of students every year achieve their academic and career goals. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology), is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
As an online course, you have the complete flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. So, no matter if you are looking to change careers and study outside of your current work commitments, or while you care for your children, you can comfortably complete the course that will help you reach your goal. 
 
Once enrolled, you will have access to all the course materials required to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma. You will also receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) outlining the submission deadlines for each of your assignments, to help you stay on track. Outside of these deadlines, you can move through the course at your pace, which is why despite having two years to complete the course, most of our learners are finished in 9-12 months.  

Modules

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. 
Unit 1: Preparing to Study
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback
Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information, or central ideas
Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment
Unit 4: Introduction to Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research
Unit 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance
Unit 6: Developing Child
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development in children from birth to 18 years
Unit 7: Sociology of the Family
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views
Unit 8: Developmental Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development
  • Understand the nature/nurture debate in relation to the development of intelligence, personality or language. 
Unit 9: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues
Unit 10: The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology)
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the major subdivisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons
Unit 11: Abnormal Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 12: Psychological Methodology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research methods used by psychologists
  • Understand the principles of research design
  • Understand the importance of ethical considerations in psychological research
  • Understand what is meant by hypothesis testing and statistical significance
  • Understand the purpose of statistical tests in psychology.
Unit 13: The Psychology of Learning
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by learning
  • Understand what is meant by conditioning and its practical applications
  • Understand Social Learning Theory and Observational Learning
Unit 14: Sociology of Education
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the important of education as a socialising agency
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy
Unit 15: Social Relationships
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand theories of interpersonal relationships
  • Understand differing explanations and research evidence relating to the stages of relationships
  • Understand the effects of interpersonal relationships on the individual
Unit 16: Forensic Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the roles of the Forensic Psychologist
  • Understand how psychologists have contributed to jury behaviour and eyewitness memory
  • Understand offender profiling
  • Be able to apply an offender profiling technique to a case study
Unit 17: Theories of Child Development
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work in child development
  • Understand alternative theories of development
  • Understand how stages of development link to practical situations
Unit 18: Psychobiology of Stress
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand the methods used to reduce stress

Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma will need to have a GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English (new GCSE grade 4-9) or Functional Skills Level 2 to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. 
 
Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the university
  3. Passing a university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessment
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills)
 
Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Psychology).

Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

 

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012372).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Career

Completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology) puts you on a direct path to studying psychology or a similar social science degree at university. Upon graduation, you will be able to move into a host of careers that require knowledge of the human condition.
 
You could become an:
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Domestic Abuse Worker
  • Head of Learning and Professional Development
  • HR Director
  • Lecturer in Policing
  • National Crime Agency (NCA) Officer
  • Occupational Therapy Support Officer
  • Wellbeing Lead
 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

Once you graduate from university, you could also continue your psychology studies to become a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol). This would require a master’s degree in your chosen specialism through subjects like:
  • MSc Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
If you want to teach psychology, this is also an option once you have completed the relevant postgraduate qualifications. Alternatively, you could learn more about specific areas like mental health through online courses such as learndirect’s:
  • Mental Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Counselling Level 3 Diploma (RQF)
  • TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
  • TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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