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Psychology and Counselling – Access to Higher Education Diploma

About the course

This pathway is for those who wish to study for a Psychology and/or Counselling degree at university. The Psychology and Counselling Diploma programme is the most suitable route for you if you are looking to go on to study a degree in subjects such as: Psychology, Psychology with Counselling, Criminology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Education with Psychology, Sociology, Psychology with Professional Development or other similar subjects.


Attendance is generally based on a timetable for 3 days a week covering specialist and core units. If students do not currently hold GCSE pass at grade C or above for English and maths students will attend functional skills and/or GCSE lessons leading to examinations.
Students who successfully achieve all of the above will be in a better position to access their university place.

Entry requirements

Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths (or working towards).

We will consider exceptions to this requirement, subject to any other qualifications or evidence of the required competencies.

Who is it suitable for?

Please note: there is no upper age limit for this course.

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

You will practise counselling techniques, investigate abnormal psychology such as schizophrenia and eating disorders and carry out minor psychology experiments to collect data and results.
You will also produce a project of own choosing by designing a methodology and carrying out primary research.

Where will this course take me?

Once you've completed this course you can go on to study for a Foundation Degree or Degree in Psychology and/or Counselling at a University of your choice.

Possible careers

  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Teaching
  • Educational Psychology
  • Working with charities such as Mind

Ungraded Modules

HE Study Skills (Level 3, 9 credits)

Introduction to Psychology (Level 3, 3 credits)

Introduction to Counselling (Level 3, 3 credits)

Graded Modules

Research Project – Methodology (Level 3, 6 credits)

Developmental Psychology (Level 3, 3 credits)

Abnormal Psychology: Eating Disorders and Schizophrenia (Level 3, 3 credits)

Aspects of Cognitive Psychology (Level 3, 3 credits)

Social Psychology  (Level 3, 3 credits)

Crime and Deviance (Level 3, 3 credits)

Counselling in Practice (Level 3, 6 credits)

Understanding Counselling Theories (Level 3, 6 credits)

Applied Psychology (Level 3, 6 credits)

Key Counselling Skills (Level 3, 6 credits)

How will I be assessed?

Varied such as assignment based, presentations, role plays, research and in class tests.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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