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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
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home
  • 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.  

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology), (QAA ref = 40011859), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. 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.

An access validating agency with a strong social purpose to recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences, Skills and Education Group Access supports the needs of learners, providers, businesses and communities.

To study an Access to HE Diploma you must be resident in the UK and have a UK postcode.

You must hold Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths, or be working towards them alongside studying your Access to Higher Education Diploma.

University Entry Criteria

It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted.

In many cases, to get started on healthcare courses at university, you will need:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade
  • A face-to-face interview at the university
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)

It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

Minimum age restriction

This course is ideally suited to those who have completed full-time education but have not achieved the grades required to get into university.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes our learners to complete the course is 9-12 months.

Assessment requirements

A range of assessment methodologies are used including: academic report, case study analysis, essay, journal article, portfolio, presentation (video and audio recording), primary research, academic writing skills tasks

Exams required

There are no exams included in the assessment of the course.

Membership required?

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Additional requirements

Learners must be actively studying for a minimum of six months before results can be ratified and certificates ordered. The six month period does not start until you have passed unit 2 of your course and you must be submitting assignments regularly (in line with the deadlines in your Individual Learning Plan) to meet this six month requirement. Certificates can only be issued once your course is paid for in full.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 12-16 weeks from your final assignment being marked and graded, depending on the time of year. You will be provided with regular updates throughout the certification process so that you are fully informed of your individual timeframes.

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Unit 1: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance.
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work.
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism.

Unit 2: Studying the Brain and Nervous System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of nervous system including key areas of the brain.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 3: Impact of Forensic Psychology in Criminal Investigations

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.

Unit 4: Biological and Psychological Approaches to Stress

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential physiological and psychological stress responses.
  • Understand research into the link between stress and illness.
  • Understand an example of psychological and biological stress reduction strategies.

Unit 5: Child Development Theories

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development.
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work.
  • Understand alternative theories of development.
  • Understand how stages of child development link to practical situations.

Unit 6: Interpersonal Relationships

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories of interpersonal relationships.
  • Understand explanations relating to the stages of relationships using research.
  • Understand the effects of interpersonal relationships on the individual.

Unit 7: 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 how behaviour can be influenced by social learning theory.

Unit 8: Research Methods in Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand psychological research methods.
  • Understand how to design research in a scientific way.
  • Understand the importance of ethical standards in research.

Unit 9: The Psychology of Child Development

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 10: Exploring an Introduction to Psychological Research and Approaches

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand scientific research methods in the field of psychology.
  • Understand different psychological approaches to explaining behaviour.
  • Understand ethical issues connected with psychological research.

Unit 11: Introduction to Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the challenge of defining and diagnosing mental illness.
  • Understand a range of explanations for a chosen psychological disorder.
  • Understand the treatment of one psychological disorder.

Unit 12: Models, Research and Application of Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand contrasting psychological perspectives and research evidence in one area of cognition.
  • Be able to apply psychological research to real life.

Unit 13: The Development of a Typical Child

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to adulthood.
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to adulthood.
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development in children.

Unit 14: Family Structure and Changes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family.
  • Understand a range of sociological explanations of the family.

Unit 15: Education in Contemporary Society

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education in socialisation of pupils.
  • Understand the role of education in modern society.
  • Understand the impact of labelling and stereotypes in education.
  • Understand the meritocratic view of education in contemporary society.

Unit 16: Exploring Theories of Crime and Deviancy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able explain of crime and deviance from a range of viewpoints.
  • Understand the social structural theoretical basis of crime and deviance.
  • Understand the media’s influence on perceptions of crime or deviance.

Unit 17: Learning and Study Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to plan and organise study activity.
  • Understand the application of learning theories relating to personal learning.
  • Be able to create a range of strategies to address the factors which may impact upon study.
  • Understand the value of assessment feedback.

Unit 18: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task.
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style.
  • Understand different reading strategies.
  • Be able to take effective notes.
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment.

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
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home
  • 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%

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Psychology), (QAA ref = 40011859), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. 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.

An access validating agency with a strong social purpose to recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences, Skills and Education Group Access supports the needs of learners, providers, businesses and communities.

Unit 1: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance.
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work.
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism.

Unit 2: Studying the Brain and Nervous System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of nervous system including key areas of the brain.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 3: Impact of Forensic Psychology in Criminal Investigations

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.

Unit 4: Biological and Psychological Approaches to Stress

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential physiological and psychological stress responses.
  • Understand research into the link between stress and illness.
  • Understand an example of psychological and biological stress reduction strategies.

Unit 5: Child Development Theories

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development.
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work.
  • Understand alternative theories of development.
  • Understand how stages of child development link to practical situations.

Unit 6: Interpersonal Relationships

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories of interpersonal relationships.
  • Understand explanations relating to the stages of relationships using research.
  • Understand the effects of interpersonal relationships on the individual.

Unit 7: 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 how behaviour can be influenced by social learning theory.

Unit 8: Research Methods in Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand psychological research methods.
  • Understand how to design research in a scientific way.
  • Understand the importance of ethical standards in research.

Unit 9: The Psychology of Child Development

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 10: Exploring an Introduction to Psychological Research and Approaches

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand scientific research methods in the field of psychology.
  • Understand different psychological approaches to explaining behaviour.
  • Understand ethical issues connected with psychological research.

Unit 11: Introduction to Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the challenge of defining and diagnosing mental illness.
  • Understand a range of explanations for a chosen psychological disorder.
  • Understand the treatment of one psychological disorder.

Unit 12: Models, Research and Application of Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand contrasting psychological perspectives and research evidence in one area of cognition.
  • Be able to apply psychological research to real life.

Unit 13: The Development of a Typical Child

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to adulthood.
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to adulthood.
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development in children.

Unit 14: Family Structure and Changes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family.
  • Understand a range of sociological explanations of the family.

Unit 15: Education in Contemporary Society

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education in socialisation of pupils.
  • Understand the role of education in modern society.
  • Understand the impact of labelling and stereotypes in education.
  • Understand the meritocratic view of education in contemporary society.

Unit 16: Exploring Theories of Crime and Deviancy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able explain of crime and deviance from a range of viewpoints.
  • Understand the social structural theoretical basis of crime and deviance.
  • Understand the media’s influence on perceptions of crime or deviance.

Unit 17: Learning and Study Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to plan and organise study activity.
  • Understand the application of learning theories relating to personal learning.
  • Be able to create a range of strategies to address the factors which may impact upon study.
  • Understand the value of assessment feedback.

Unit 18: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task.
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style.
  • Understand different reading strategies.
  • Be able to take effective notes.
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment.

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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