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Access to Higher Education Diploma - Psychology and Counselling Level 3

Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade C or above. Assessment: A mixture of essays and exams. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Psychology Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: The course consists of 60 credits. All units are at Level 3. Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

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This one year course aims to prepare you for university-level academic study.

During the course you will find out the answers to question such as:

Why do we forget things? How important are our childhood experiences? What causes mental illness? How does stress affect our health? Can criminals be reformed?

You will discover the practical application of psychology to many areas of everyday life and learn essential academic skills such as essay writing and how to carry out scientific research.

Access to HE course fees are TBC for the academic year 2020/2021.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
FE0023-1C 03 Sep 2020 Central Brighton Mondays and Thursdays: 9.30am - 5.15pm 36 weeks £3022.00 Apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.


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Entry requirements

You must have a GCSE grade 9-4 (A* - C) in English and Maths
(or recognised eqivalent). 


Applicants with a grade 3 (D) in Maths can retake this required qualification alongside this Access course. 

What's Next?

This course will prepare you for degrees in psychology mental health work; criminology; forensic psychology and counselling. We cover topics such as social behaviour, conformity and obedience; psychopathology; and research methods, developing the research and academic skills required at degree-level. 

It also enables you to progress onto further training for other graduate careers.

What's Next?

Course units

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Neuro-Psychology
  • Bio-Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Criminal Investigations and Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Psychology and Therapy
  • The Effects of Stress
  • Applied Stress Management
  • Extended Independent Academic Study
  • Reviewing & Planning for the Future
  • Personal Organisation and Time Management
  • Essay Skills
  • Research Skills for Academic study
  • Using ICT

Course aims

During the course you will find out the answers to question such as: Why do we forget things? How important are our childhood experiences? What causes mental illness? How does stress affect our health? Can criminals be reformed? You will discover the practical application of psychology to many areas of everyday life and learn how to carry out scientific research.

Additionally, in the first term, you will complete a unit which will guide you through the UCAS application process and help you choose a course that is right for you.

Why the MET?

  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Course fees

The course fees are £3,384. 

You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan or financial support with your tuition fees. 

Course fees
  • alumni Views Emily Woodgate-Jones Access to Higher Education Diploma - Psychology Level 3

    “I felt I had lost my chance to gain a degree, but my Access tutor gave me the encouragement I needed and I'm now nearing the end of my degree at Cambridge! It's been an incredible journey that's changed me beyond recognition from the person I was before I began my Access course.”

  • alumni Views Odi Access to Higher Education Diploma - Social Sciences Level 3

    “After my Access course, I secured a place at Brighton university and after successfully completing my degree, I completed the MA in Social Work at Sussex University and won the Social Work Student of the Year award. I am now working as a social worker at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.”

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