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Access To Higher Education Diploma: Psychology (Sept'17)

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Course code: B0093F

Course category: Part-time

End Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma: Psychology

Starting and ending month: September to June

Hours: Starts 12/09/17, 9.30am-5.15pm, 2-3 days per week

Course duration: 36 weeks

Course location: City College Brighton and Hove, Pelham Street

Course aims:
This course is aimed at those who are interested in the academic study of Psychology. You will be able to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad spectrum of topics related to the course title, such as social behaviour, conformity and obedience, psychopathology and research methods. The course ideal if you are interested in careers such as child development or social work. It will equip you with the self confidence, study skills and specialist knowledge needed to succeed in Higher Education, as well as developing your Maths and ICT knowledge.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to apply for a degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Mental Health work, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Humanities, Anthropology and Counselling.

The course is also a starting point for a career working with people and/or as a Chartered Psychologist. There are many Divisions of Chartership to aim for at post-graduate level; including Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Research Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Psychotherapy, Health Psychology and Educational Psychology.

The Access to HE courses have been running successfully at City College Brighton & Hove since 1991 and we have an excellent record in students progressing to university or employment.

Course content:
Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Statistics, Perspective in Psychology, Stress Management, Psychology of Criminal Investigation.
Independent research project , Reviewing and Planning for Future Study and Work; and Using IT to Support Academic Study

Facilities for students:
A well equipped library at the Pelham site located in central Brighton and lending rights at Sussex University and the University of Brighton.
The Access to HE course maintains excellent links with local universities and there are many opportunities to attend Open Days throughout the year. We also have visiting staff from the universities offering advice on admissions, UCAS applications, finance, career choice etc.
We also have our own excellent student services department, counselling service and student union.
Students can also use some of the library facilities at the local universities of Brighton and Sussex in addition to our own Learning Resource Centre. There is also an Access Student Study room with computers.

The tutors are well qualified, experienced and enthusiastic and understand the needs of Access learners and provide appropriate support and guidance.
There is also support on applying to university from other organisations working together with City College such as Information Days at local universities.

Assessment: Assessment will be continuous throughout the course and will involve a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, projects and examinations.

Awarding Body: LASER

Entry Requirements:
Grade C in GCSE English (or a recognised equivalent) & Grade D in GCSE Maths or alternatively demonstrable Numeracy in initial assessment.
For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Pre-entry preparation:
It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course so a starting point would be to read any introductory text on the different schools of thought in Psychology (Approaches to Psychology).

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.

Progression and links:
Progression Routes into Further Education
The course will enable you to apply for a degree or Foundation degree. Please note University entrance requirements may require additional qualifications in English, Maths and Science A C.
In particular some universities require grade B in Mathematics.
Progression Routes into Employment
The course is suitable for those interested in becoming a Chartered Psychologist, Counselling, Mental Health, Sports Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Psychotherapy, Research, Education, Social Services, Human Resources, Police (e.g. Forensics) in fact any career that requires good people skills and/or research and statistics skills.

Work experience opportunities:
There is no formal experience but there will be outside speakers and visits relevant to the programme.

Academic Centre:
CACC - Access

Costs of your Course:
There are five parts to the cost of your course:

  1. Tuition Fees
  2. College registration
  3. Awarding Body registration
  4. Resource Fee
  5. Exam / Assessment Fees

Tuition fees

How much will the Tuition Fees cost?

Below are the fees for this course.

Home/EU students tuition fees (per year): 1) 0
2) N/A
3) N/A
4) 3020


Category 1: If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and are studying towards your first full Level 2 or 3 course, you will not have to pay any fees.

Category 2: If you will be aged 19 or over when your course begins, studying at Level 2 or below, AND are unemployed AND claiming benefits AND completing the course to improve your employability, you will not have to pay any fees.

Category 3: If you are aged 19 or over when your course begins, studying at Level 2 or below and do not fall into categories 1 or 2, you will need to pay a subsidised fee.

Category 4: If you are aged 19 or over when your course begins and are studying at Level 3 or above and do not fall into category 1, you will need to pay the whole fee yourself or you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Further information: All Access courses are QAA approved and contain 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3.

Although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, it does not form any part of a contract between City College Brighton and Hove and the student. Courses may be subject to change.

Timetables are subject to change and you should check with your tutor prior to enrolment for the details of your timetable.