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Access to Psychology and Counselling

Course Level

Level 3

Start Date

Fri 16 Sep 2022


34 weeks

Course content

  • Outcome Delete To develop confidence and self- awareness.
  • To develop the ability to write in the appropriate academic tone and format
  • To develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice.
  • To develop the ability to work independently and in group activities.
  • To develop the ability to manage time effectively in preparation for undergraduate study


The Diploma Specification for Psychology provides students with a wide range of knowledge for a range of progression opportunities.

This includes Introduction to Person Centred Theory and Cognitive B​ehavioural Therapy as well as Psychology of Health and Education

The progression routes from this Diploma could include, but are not limited to, degrees in psychology, disability studies, child and family studies, health and social care, sociology, criminal justice, social work, anthropology, child and youth studies

Course content:

Course content includes 17 units that have been chosen to be vocationally relevant for careers in the Social Sciences.

The units include the following;

  • Essay skills.
  • Personal organisation and time management.
  • Reviewing and planning for the future.
  • Sociology of the family
  • Sociology of health
  • health promotion and education
  • Introdcution to Psychology
  • Effects of stress
  • Applied Stress management.
  • Approaches to counselling
  • Loss bereavement and counselling
  • Approaches to counselling
  • Research methods
  • Independent academic study.


  • A level 2 qualification in English is the minimum requirement for thie course. Although maths is not a requirement for the Access course, it is essential that candidates check the entry requirements for their university choices, before enrolling on the ACCESS course course.

    If you do require both Maths and English, then you might consider completing these alongside the level 2 Pre Access course

What do I need to do this course?

A broadband connenction and access to a computer for home study

The recommended reading list will be provided at the interview.

Teaching Methods

    • Lectures.
    • Seminars.
    • Tutorials.
    • Workshops.
    • Assignments.
    • Presentations.
    • Independent study.

    Please note that students will be expected to:

    • Meet deadlines.
    • Conduct research.
    • Take part in group activities.
    • Become independent learners and manage their time effectively

    How is your progress checked?

    You will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, presentations, exams and a small-scale research project. You will be given regular tutorials to check progress, identify any issues, set targets and support your return to academic study and writing.

    Extra study or practice required at home.

    An additional 10-16 hours of home study is required

    What can I do after this course?

    This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Higher Education courses including degrees in Counselling and psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, sociology. This course is suitable for career enhancement or university entrance on a wide variety of courses. Students are given support to apply for a university place through the UCAS applications process.

Course details

  • Tutor: Michele Ponting
  • Time: 09:30 - 1700
  • Provision: 19
  • Term: Full year
  • Location: Foredown Tower
  • The fee for this course is £3384. Students loan is available, please see details here.