Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma, a Level 3 -6 Certificate or Diploma, there is help available to fund your course. Find out more by visiting our financial support section to register your interest in receiving information about the loans from the College. If you successfully go on to complete your degree, then the Access loan will deducted from your student loan.


Assessments are in Room 3.03b and will include a brief talk, an English and Math’s assessment online and written, this will take approximately 2 hours. We have two pathways which include the Preparation for Access (Skills) if learners need to brush up on literacy skills to enable them to progress onto the Access to HE Diploma and our direct entry on to our Access HE diploma route.

Dates for assessments are: Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 2.30pm, Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 2.30pm, Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 1.00pm

Psychology - Access to Higher Education Diploma


About the course

This course provides the perfect bridge to university and a career in Clinical Psychology, Sports Psychology, Counselling, Child Development, Criminology, and even Public Relations and Marketing. You will study Academic Study Skills, Psychology and Sociology, and will also choose one option from  English Literature or History.

For entry to the course you will need to have Maths GCSE at a minimum grade `C¿ or equivalent.

Applicants are required to have a minimum grade C in GCSE mathematics. A Level 2 qualification in organisational and administrative skills or equivalent work experience would also be advantageous. There is an entry test and interview for every candidate.

You study three core modules: Academic Study Skills, Psychology and Sociology. You will also choose one optional subject from: Economics, English Literature, History or Politics.

You will also have a personal tutor who will support you during the year and will advise you on your application to higher education.

The course requires 2.5 days attendance per week. You will also be expected to undertake private study of 10-15 hours a week in addition to this.

Assessment is by coursework and occasional written examinations.

You can progress on to a range of possible degrees in Psychology or related degrees including Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Child Development, Criminology, Human Resources and Marketing. The course tutor for the Psychology route and our careers and Higher Education advisors will give you advice and guidance on this and on your application to university.

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The College have been like a family to me ever since I walked in the door

Tracy Callaghan

Tracy Callaghan

Studied: Diploma in Counselling

Destination: Now works as a clinical supervisor working to rehabilitate substance misusers

At a very low point in her life, while trying to overcome a serious assault, Tracy could no longer carry on her job due to her injuries. She came to the College to work out her options.

“I was so nervous as I’m dyslexic, did not have any GCSEs, and had been out of education for a long time but the careers team were brilliant. Bit by bit I built up my skills and experience from studying counselling theory to therapeutic and psycho therapeutic diplomas.

“I now own my own counselling service and manage volunteers supporting substance misusers. I am a creative clinical supervisor and council and use hypnotherapy with clients across the world on Skype. I also teach at the College who have been like a family to me ever since I walked in the door.”

Course information

Start date
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11 September 2017

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Full time
Fully Funded
How to apply

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