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Access to Higher Education in Psychology

Full Time

Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

Learners attend BCoT four days a week between 9.30am and 3.30 in the afternoon 

Learners will be assigned a personal tutor who will support studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured. Core units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses in the college. The specialist psychology units are delivered to the psychology students separately. There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set your own targets for the development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process.

All resources, assignments are available on the Google Classrooms for your use and specific resources for eLearning sessions are updated weekly.

Course Content

This course includes the following units:

  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Social Behaviour
  • The Psychology of Criminal Investigation
  • Psychopathology
  • Conformity & Obedience
  • Stress Management
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Extended Independent Academic Study
  • Communication & Presentation
  • Reviewing & Planning.


Entry Requirement

You should have a minimum of GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above, or completed our Progression to Access course.


This course is assessed in a variety of ways including presentations, discussions, tests, projects, practical work, problem-solving exercises, essays, scientific reports and diagrams.

Where does this course lead to

This course would provide an appropriate qualification to progress to study Psychology (or a related subject) at University. 

If you have a specific degree course in mind, we recommend that learners check the entry criteria with their Admissions Tutor.

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Course Outline

Course Code: PF40
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 07/09/2020
Duration: 1 Year
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