Access to Higher Education Diploma - Psychology and Criminology

23058W0 | Parson's Walk Centre, Wigan
Start Date | 14/09/2022
Time/Day | 09:30 - 15:00 WED/THU/FR

Is this course for me?

Access to HE Diplomas are well established national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university level study. The Psychology and Criminology route is for those who wish to progress on to degrees which will lead to careers in psychology or criminology. It is recommended that you research university courses carefully before starting your Level 3 studies.

What will I study?

The units you will study include: Transition Psychology, Personality Theory, Concepts of Normality and Mental Health, Criminology Justice and Social Policy, Forensic Evidence, Sociological Theory and Exploring Social Policy. You will also study units to support your learning including Academic Essay Writing.

How long is the course?

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week for one year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is on going and developed through a portfolio of course work. A large proportion of your work will be essay or assignment based but you can also expect exams, presentations and project work.

What qualifications do I need?

You will need GCSE English Grade A* - C / 9-4. No equivalent for English is accepted. GCSE maths is desirable (if no GCSE maths an equivalent will be accepted). Acceptable equivalents for maths are Level 2 Basic Skills Numeracy, Functional Skills Level 2

What can I progress onto?

You can progress onto university to study a degree course in Psychology or Criminology or a combined honours degree.

Other Information

If you are 19+ you will be eligible to apply for An Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fees.

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Free for eligible learners? Is Loan Available?
£2834.00 Yes Yes

Exam Fee



Psychologists research, study and assess emotional, cognitive and behavioural processes and abnormalities in human beings and animals and how these are affected by genetic, physical and social factors.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree


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What could you earn


Typical Tasks

  • Applies psychological treatment methods to help athletes achieve optimum mental health and enhance sporting performance.
  • Applies professional knowledge and techniques within the workplace, addressing issues such as job design, work groups, motivation etc..
  • Maintains required contacts with family members, education or other health professionals, as appropriate, and recommends possible solutions to problems presented.
  • Studies psychological factors in the treatment and prevention of mental illness or emotional and personality disorders.
  • Analyses the effect of hereditary, social and physical factors on thought and behaviour.
  • Observes and experiments on humans and animals to measure mental and physical characteristics.
  • Develops treatment and guidance methods and gives treatment or guidance using a variety of therapy and counselling techniques.
  • Develops and administers tests to measure intelligence, abilities, aptitudes, etc. and assesses results.


Therapy and Counselling Psychology Customer and Personal Service English Language Education and Training Sociology and Anthropology Clerical Medicine and Dentistry


Active Listening Learning Strategies Active Learning Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Speaking Writing Monitoring
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