Access to HE Diploma (Psychology and Criminology) Distance Learning

Part Time 19+ Learner Loan available

About the course

Designed especially for mature students who have had a break from their studies (of 1 year or more), an Access to Higher Education Diploma will enable you to bridge the gap between your current qualifications and a degree-level course or develop the skills and knowledge for a new career.

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.

Course content includes: Preparing for Success; Preparing to Study; Academic Writing Skills; Introduction to Psychology; Understanding Crime and Deviance; The Origins of The Welfare State; introduction to Cognitive Psychology; Sociology of Mass Media; The Criminology of Prisons; Developmental Psychology; Measurements of Crime; Foundations of Social Policy; The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology); Criminal Justice and Social Policy; The Psychology of Learning; Sociology of Education; Abnormal Psychology; Study Skills Portfolio Building; Criminal Law and Procedures; Sociology of the Family.

Entry requirements

You must be 19 years old and have a Level 2 in Maths and English. You must also have access to IT and WIFI.

Where next?

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.

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Fees information

You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £27,295. Find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan on the Government website. Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

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.

Get your Access Diploma for free if you go on to complete a higher education course!*

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a Higher Education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.

* The Higher Education course must be eligible for student finance.


For queries about the course, please contact or call 01793 732892