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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology)

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the mind and the influences that affect behaviour
  • Work your way towards a number of fascinating careers
  • Complete a degree in one of the UK’s fastest-growing subjects
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Study online
  • No exams

About your Diploma

The study of psychology is the exploration of the mind to decipher the different ways people think, feel and behave. It helps us see how the concept of reality can differ from person to person, and whether our characteristics are born into us or acquired through external factors and experiences.
 
If you find people fascinating and want to learn more about what makes us tick, you can examine the different elements of both the human mind and society in an online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology). 
 
Through an array of modules covering everything from the importance of early relationships in child development to crime and deviance and offender profiling, you will better understand a wide range of psychological behaviours, issues and illnesses and how to address them.
 
As an equivalent to three A Levels, you can use this qualification to access degree level study of psychology. After this, you will be well on the way to a host of careers that relate to human behaviour, be that in the justice system, counselling, sales and marketing or victim support. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology), is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
With the course being taught online, you can tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. Whether you have young children to look after or work full-time, you can study at a time that fits into your schedule. 
 
All of the course materials you need to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma will be available once you enrol. You will also be given an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that outlines submission deadlines for assignments, helping you keep on track. While you have up to one year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma, our students typically take around 9-12 months to obtain their qualifications.  

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology)

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)

Requirements for Entry

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 Stonebridge Associated Colleges 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.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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.

 

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, Marxist, 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

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.

 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology)

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the mind and the influences that affect behaviour
  • Work your way towards a number of fascinating careers
  • Complete a degree in one of the UK’s fastest-growing subjects
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Study online
  • No exams

About your Diploma

The study of psychology is the exploration of the mind to decipher the different ways people think, feel and behave. It helps us see how the concept of reality can differ from person to person, and whether our characteristics are born into us or acquired through external factors and experiences.
 
If you find people fascinating and want to learn more about what makes us tick, you can examine the different elements of both the human mind and society in an online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology). 
 
Through an array of modules covering everything from the importance of early relationships in child development to crime and deviance and offender profiling, you will better understand a wide range of psychological behaviours, issues and illnesses and how to address them.
 
As an equivalent to three A Levels, you can use this qualification to access degree level study of psychology. After this, you will be well on the way to a host of careers that relate to human behaviour, be that in the justice system, counselling, sales and marketing or victim support. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology), is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
With the course being taught online, you can tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. Whether you have young children to look after or work full-time, you can study at a time that fits into your schedule. 
 
All of the course materials you need to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma will be available once you enrol. You will also be given an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that outlines submission deadlines for assignments, helping you keep on track. While you have up to one year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma, our students typically take around 9-12 months to obtain their qualifications.  
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology)

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)

Requirements for Entry

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 Stonebridge Associated Colleges 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.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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.

 

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, Marxist, 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

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.

 

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