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Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English and Maths

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Study Mode

Full time


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1 academic year

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Key Features & Benefits

  • Get an Advanced Learner Loan - pay nothing upfront for this course
  • Get onto University courses with just one year of study
  • You can get help with childcare costs

Access to Higher Education (HE) courses serve as a crucial pathway for individuals who aspire to pursue careers in Psychological or Criminology professions but lack traditional qualifications or backgrounds in the field. Access to Higher Education courses are Level 3 courses, equivalent to 3 A-Levels and you will study in college for 12 hours per week as well as regular independent study outside of college.

  • Overview

    The primary aim of this Access to HE course is to prepare learners with the necessary academic skills, theoretical knowledge, and practical insights required for successful progression into university courses related to Psychology and Criminology.

  • What will I study?

    The course will focus on academic study skills including academic writing and referencing and critical thinking. The study skills will increase verbal and written communication skills essential for effective engagement with clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders.

    Your studies will include modules on:

    • Offender profiling
    • The criminal justice system
    • Psychological perspectives and behaviours
  • Entry Requirements

    As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications, including English and Maths. You should also have evidence of study within the last five years.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You'll be assessed by coursework and examinations throughout the course.

  • What can I do next?

    Completing an Access to HE Diploma in Psychology and Criminology allows learners to progress on to a degree in:

    • Psychology
    • Psychology with Counselling
    • Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • Education with Psychology
    • Criminology, Sociology
    • Social Psychology
    • Psychology with Professional Development
    • Or other similar subjects