Access to HE Diploma (Counselling and Psychology)

Course overview

An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.

The course contains study skill units to develop skills as well as academically based study to prepare students for Higher Education within the field of Counselling and Psychology. On the Access to HE: Counselling & Psychology Level 3 Diploma pathway, you will study psychology, approaches to counselling and professional healthcare practice.

You will be introduced to some of the theories regarding human behaviour and experience and will explore some of the explanation’s psychologists have to understand humans and their interactions with the world. This is coupled with an introduction into the practice of counselling.

Students from this pathway have progressed on to higher education to study psychology, deaf studies, counselling, occupational therapy, human services, sociology, religion and theology.

As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal and study skills through a common core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.

There will be a focus on ethics, professionalism, contemporary approaches to counselling and practicing counselling skills in a simulated environment. You will be introduced to the study of psychology and explore the fundamental of this field to include a number of key theorists to support your understanding of the subject areas of application in practice.

Please note: this course is an introductory route into counselling as a profession or indeed to enhance valuable skills for work in a care setting. This programme of study is suitable for those who have limited or no previous experience of counselling.

Teaching will take the form of lectures, discussions, group work and self-directed learning. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, research projects, oral presentations and timed assessments.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree on performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues.

Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access to HE students’ progress to higher education.

You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress to higher education to continue your academic studies in the psychology and counselling field.

You could also choose to progress to the FdSc in Counselling, which is awarded by Middlesex University and delivered at our Guildford College campus. This will lead to further study and employment opportunities in the counselling sector (subject to meeting entry requirements).

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