The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a year-long qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

Admission and information sessions

If you are ready to apply for this course, or have any further questions, please come in to one of our Admissions sessions. They include a brief introduction to Access to HE courses, and are followed by an English and Maths assessment. The process usually takes about two hours.

Following the admissions session you will be invited for an interview with the main course tutor, to discuss further details. If you are not offered a place on an Access to HE course because you do not have the required prior qualifications, you will be offered a place on a Preparation for Access (Skills) course, which will help you brush up on literacy skills and enable you to progress onto the Access to HE Diploma course. The assessments will take place at:  

City and Islington College
Centre for Lifelong Learning
28-42 Blackstock Road
London N4 2DG

For information on the next enrolment, open evenings, and admission sessions please e-mail 

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Funding and Advanced learner Loans:
Access to HE course are free for 19-23 year olds, providing this will be your first level 3 qualification. If you are aged 24 or over and want to study an Access to HE course, you will be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan, which will cover the cost of the course, and will be completely written off should you successfully complete your university degree. Find out more by visiting our financial support section to register your interest in receiving information about the loans from the College. 

Psychology - Access to Higher Education Diploma


Psychology - Access to Higher Education Diploma

About the course

As a learner on this qualification in Access to HE Diploma in Psychology (Humanities and Social Science) you will be offered a coherent, integrated and supported year of study through which you will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate study in a range of Humanities and Social Science related progression routes.

The qualification aims:

• to provide HE progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, do not have the necessary qualifications;

• to give learners a general introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and key areas of knowledge within the Humanities and Social Sciences and offer a coherent and stimulating framework within which they can broaden their intellectual outlook and make connections between subject areas;

• to help learners to develop and consolidate the various skills required to enable them to cope successfully with the demands of undergraduate study and to become independent, self-directed learners;

• To establish a positive and supportive learning environment within which learners can build their confidence through successful learning and the sharing of their experience.

If you successfully complete the qualification you will achieve a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma.

Applicants for Psychology are required to have a minimum grade C in GCSE Mathematics (Grade 4) to study on the Access course. You should additionally have or be working towards GCSE English and Science at C Grade or equivalent. An equivalent for example could be - Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English. You will also be invited in to do assessments in Literacy and Maths; if successful you will be invited to interview or given the opportunity to do our intensive pre-access course. 

If you do not have maths and English you must have a firm offer from the university of your choice that they are willing to accept you with just the HE Diploma (as long as you pass our assessments and obtain an offer from us).

You will learn a mixture of units on the Psychology Course that will aid you in your journey to university and career in this ever changing field. On a typical course you may be studying units such as:

Psychology: Foundations of Psychology, Introduction to Social Psychology, Learning Theories, Abnormality and Treatment of Abnormal Behaviour

Sociology: The Individual and Society, Sociological Perspectives, Research Methods.

History: America’s Vietnam War, Israel-Palestine, The Collapse of Communism

Study Skills: Note Taking and Note Making, Essay Writing, Writing Standard English, Exam Skills, Reading and Comprehension of Texts

Extended Project – A 3000 word essay investigation based within your subject area

Assessment will be a mixture of coursework, presentations, essays, reports and exam based units to help you become more familiar with the types of assessment you will get at university. 

The learners next progress to Higher Education at University, either within City and Islington College or an external provider, and study Psychology, Sociology, History as well as a range of combined and related degrees. 

Further Information 1

If you require any further information please visit our awarding body website, OCN London.

Course information

Start date
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14 September 2020

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
35 Weeks
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

£9500.00 per year
£3022.00 per year
£15.00 per year
Fully Funded
£15.00 per year
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