Access to HE Psychology & Criminology

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma in Psychology and Criminology gives you the opportunity to apply for a degrees in Psychology, Criminology, and other related pathways. This could lead to a career working in the NHS, private practice, the charity and voluntary sector, education, or research. You can specialise in a variety of areas, from clinical, educational and occupational psychology, to forensic and neuropsychology as well as counselling if you choose to specialise in psychology. If your preference is to specialise in Criminology, then you could consider work in the prison or probation service, youth offending teams, criminal justice system and forensic sciences.

1 year
2 days

Entry Requirements: GCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above or a Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent. Recommended: GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or Functional Skills Maths Level 2.

Course Info

Access to HE- Psychology

Whilst studying the Access to HE Diploma (Psychology and Criminology) you will complete a range of units which may include topics such as:
• Psychological Perspectives
• Mental Health
• Forensic Science

In addition to these subject specific modules, the course includes developmental units to support you in developing your academic skills in preparation for university.
When applying to university, we will support you with completing your UCAS application, personal statement and we will provide you with an academic reference. It is important to note that successfully completing your Access to HE Diploma does not guarantee you a place at university. While most universities accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas, it is your own responsibility to check that your UCAS application meets the current entry requirements for your university course choices.


In addition to your timetabled classes it is recommended that you undertake independent study and research for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

The teaching team is made up of a group of expert tutors with a great deal of vocational and academic experience. There is a high level of commitment and dedication to all students in their ongoing journey of lifelong learning. Tutors provide an incredibly supportive learning environment to ensure that your individual needs are met and to support you to achieve on the course.  

Tutor and progress coach: Deborah Scaife, BA (Hons), has a dual role on the Access to HE programme as a part-time tutor and part-time progress coach. Deborah has a varied background including project management, delivering nationwide training for several charities and working as an independent trainer and consultant to schools, colleges and local authorities on many topics. With a wealth of experience in the university application process, she has a first class Honours degree in Community Development from the University of Bradford and gained her PGCE at Calderdale College. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner and has qualifications in counselling and mediation.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

GCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above or a Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent. You are also recommended to have GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2, however you may undertake GCSE Maths/Functional Skills Maths alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

All applicants will have opportunity to discuss their application during an interview with one of the tutors, where any questions about the course can be answered.

You are highly advised to check, prior to enrolling, the entry requirements of any courses you wish to apply for at degree level.

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