This pathway enables you to develop your knowledge of a range of psychology related subjects for progression to higher education degree-level courses.
This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.
GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully. Additionally, if your first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.
It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.
Course contentThe units have been chosen to provide a good understanding of forensic and criminal psychology. You will gain a good foundation of a range of topics to enable you to access a range of related degree-level programmes.
Content includes a selection of 12 units from the following:
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Psychology
The Psychology of Early socialisation
The Psychology of Criminal Investigation
Psychopathy and Therapy
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Research Methods in Psychology
Plus the following compulsory units:
- Independent Academic Research Study
- English ( Essay writing and communication skills)
- Study Skills
Please note, units subject to change
You will be regularly assessed throughout out the course via a range of methods, including written, practical and oral assignments, as well as project work.
Access to HE Diploma
Further study and career options
On completion of this course you could progress on to a Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree, Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree, or a Health & Social Care HND, all offered at Bedford College. A wide variety of psychology related degrees will also be available to you in the following fields:
You will be required to attend College for three days a week on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The proposed times of the College day will 9.15am to 4.45pm. You will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.
During the course you will meet a range of guest speakers from a variety of related organisations. You will also be invited to progression events to higher education at college and at local universities and the possibility of other trips such as a visit to Parliament.
To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data electronically. You should consider completing an IT course at the Bedford College IT Training Centre before enrolling. You may also be able to study towards a GCSE in either maths or English.
You will be required to attend College for three days a week (timetable to be confirmed) and you will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.
Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email.
If you are aged 16-18, this course is not funded and costs £3,022. Alternatively we offer BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds. If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans
Course information & how to book
To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.
Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (please note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment).