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Access to Higher Education Diploma - Psychology Level 3

This course will give you an introduction to psychology and will help you gain a place at university.

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Key information

Course code: B0093F Course type: Access to Higher Education Duration: 36 weeks Start date: September 2018 Timetable:Mondays and Thursdays: 9.30am - 5.15pm Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade C or above. End qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Psychology Level 3 Awarding body: Laser UCAS tariff: 45 Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £3,384 Assessment: A mixture of essays and exams. Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

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.

This course prepares you for study at university. You will gain an excellent foundation of knowledge in the key areas of Psychology and develop the necessary skills for academic study; these include learning how to critically evaluate theories and research, planning essays and writing in an academic style. 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.

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

Why the MET?

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

This course includes specific units on developing academic study skills and is an accepted entry qualification for Higher Education. You will also be able to access library services at Brighton and Sussex universities.

You will gain specialist guidance throughout the UCAS application process and there is specific support for students applying to Oxbridge.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and the beach.

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.

Course Costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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How to apply

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What's Next?

THis access course is an accepted entrance qualification to HE for humanities degrees such as politics, media studies, history, anthropology, international relations, humanities, cultural studies, criminology, sociology and globalisation studies, as well as more vocational degrees such as journalism.

The course is suitable for those who are interested in a career in local government, the civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others.

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

What's Next?

  • 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

 It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course so a starting point would be to read about politics and current affairs in the press and media.

Politics UK (2010), by Jones et al and An Introduction to Sociology (2011) by Ken Brown contain some very useful material.

It is also essential to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application which takes place in the first term.

  • 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.”


Potential Careers


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.
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Desired Skills:
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  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Science
  • Mathematics

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