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Access to HE Diploma (Psychology and Criminology) Distance Learning

Course Summary

Are you passionate about understanding human behaviour and making a difference in your local community? If you’re interested in social issues, but don’t have the qualifications to pursue your ambitions any further, look no further. The Access to HE Diploma Criminology (Social Science) is an alternative to A-Levels that many universities accept as part of their entry requirements. Develop the knowledge you need to study a social science degree course, without going back to college.

Social science is a field of learning that explores human relationships and how they interact with wider society. It’s a broad area that includes topics such as economics, politics, psychology, sociology and social work. This Access to HE Diploma is your first step towards a new career, with the potential to go down many different employment routes.

This Access to HE Diploma has been created as an alternative to more traditional qualifications. In the UK, many universities are happy to accept applications from students who hold, or are studying towards, this kind of qualification. Most health related degree programmes will also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE English and maths.

As this is a distance learning course, it is perfect for learners who have been out of education for an extended period and have other time constraints. What’s more is that our students can begin working on their course from the moment of enrolment; whether that is in September or at any other point during the year.


Once you have completed your course, you can apply to study a social sciences degree at university. Graduates will come away with transferable skills including the ability to analyse data and communicate effectively.

A social science degree can open the door to a range of careers that have the power to make a real difference. For example, psychology graduates can go on to work in the community, counselling, probation services or mental health. Studying sociology could see you work in education, research, HR or government services.

Entry requirements

  • You must be 19 years old

  • You must have a Level 2 in Maths and English

  • Have access to IT and WIFI

  • Distance Learning isn’t for everyone. If we feel that this mode of study may not be quite right for you, we will help you to find the one that is.

Course content

  1. Preparing for Success

  2. Preparing to Study

  3. Academic Writing Skills

  4. Preparing a Written Assignment

  5. Introduction to Psychology

  6. Understanding Crime and Deviance

  7. The Origins of The Welfare State

  8. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

  9. Sociology of Mass Media

  10. The Criminology of Prisons

  11. Developmental Psychology

  12. Measurements of Crime

  13. Foundations of Social Policy

  14. The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology)

  15. Criminal Justice and Social Policy

  16. The Psychology of Learning

  17. Sociology of Education

  18. Abnormal Psychology

  19. Study Skills Portfolio Building

  20. Criminal Law and Procedures

  21. Sociology of the Family

Timings and Assessments

  • Approximately 8 - 12 months.

  • Start anytime

  • The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, which is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to pass the qualification, all assignments should be completed and returned to one of our tutors. Once a tutor has given you a grade and supplied you with useful feedback, you are free to move on to your next piece of work and so on. Once you have all of your marks, New College will have all the evidence needed to award you with qualification credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. Of these credits, 45 are taken from graded units which focus on academic subject content. The other 15 credits are drawn from a number of ungraded units which are included to help you to improve your academic study skills.

Costs and Resources

  • You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £26,575. Please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx


Due to the high level of applications we are receiving at the moment, it may take longer than normal to respond to your enquiry or application. Please bear with us and we will contact you as soon as we possibly can.
  • Duration: 8-12 months
  • Venue: QD
  • Fee: £3022
  • Course Code: BC8883
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