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Access to Higher Education Diploma - Psychology Level 3

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Course Code: FE0023-1C Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 36 weeks Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade C or above. Assessment: A mixture of essays and exams. Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: 45

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.

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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 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.”

    Odi
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Psychologist

Typical Tasks:

  • Develops and administers tests to measure intelligence, abilities, aptitudes, etc. and assesses results.
  • Develops treatment and guidance methods and gives treatment or guidance using a variety of therapy and counselling techniques.
  • Observes and experiments on humans and animals to measure mental and physical characteristics.
  • Analyses the effect of hereditary, social and physical factors on thought and behaviour.
  • Studies psychological factors in the treatment and prevention of mental illness or emotional and personality disorders.
  • Maintains required contacts with family members, education or other health professionals, as appropriate, and recommends possible solutions to problems presented.
  • Applies professional knowledge and techniques within the workplace, addressing issues such as job design, work groups, motivation etc.
  • Applies psychological treatment methods to help athletes achieve optimum mental health and enhance sporting performance.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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Salaries

ENTRY £23,322

AVERAGE £40,151

POTENTIAL £76,421

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Science
  • Mathematics

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