Course code: B0093F
Course category: Part-time
End Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma: Psychology
Starting and ending month: September to June
Hours: 16/09/2013 - 09/07/2014
Course duration: 36 weeks
Course location: City College Brighton and Hove, Pelham Street
Do you want to understand yourself and others better? Perhaps you would like a career as a Chartered Psychologist or in mental health or anthropology or as a social worker? If so, this Access to Psychology course is for you. Psychology is enjoyable, useful and provides a wealth of knowledge that you can use in everyday life.
The Access to HE course is aimed at those wishing to study for a degree at University who donít yet have the required entry qualifications. It will equip you with the study skills and specialist knowledge needed to succeed in Higher Education and also help develop your Maths and I.T. ability and increase your self-confidence. You will also learn valuable research skills.
Psychology is a very popular subject and there are many options for further study at University which will lead to a career in a variety of subjects. Past students have gone on to study clinical psychology; criminology; occupational psychology, health psychology, sports psychology, educational psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, social work; child development; mental health; teaching; language therapy and a host of other psychology-related courses.
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.
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
Access courses are designed for people without the appropriate skills and qualifications to prepare for higher education. If you do not already have a GCSE English grade C and GCSE Maths grade D you will need to demonstrate literacy and numeracy at an appropriate level for the course by completing an initial assessment at interview. Students will need to show a good level of motivation to go to university, be fully committed to the course and be able to spend a minimum of 8 hours per week studying at home.
Interview for entry: Interview required
There is no required set reading though you may find it useful to read any introductory text on the different schools of thought in Psychology (Approaches to Psychology).
It will also be useful to research career paths, degree 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 Ė 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) Ė 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.
CACC - Access
Costs of your Course:
There are five parts to the cost of your course:
How much will the Tuition Fees cost?
Below are the fees for this course.
Home/EU students tuition fees (per year): A) £0 B) £0 C) £1,540 D) £3000
Whether or not you have to pay for your course depends on what category learner you are and this is how itís broken down:
A) If you are aged 19 to 23 years at the time your course begins and you will be studying for your first full Level 3 or 4 course you will not need to pay any fees.
B) If you are aged 19 to 23 as of 31 August 2013, are unemployed AND claiming a state benefit AND completing the course to improve your employability you will not need to pay any fees.
C) If you are aged 19 to 23 as of 31 August 2013 and do not fall within Categories A or B, you will be paying a proportion of the Government funded rate.
D) If you are aged 24 or over at the time your course starts you will need to pay the whole fee yourself or you may be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning 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.