Access to Higher Education - Psychology and Mental Health

Access to Higher Education - Diploma Psychology and Mental Health

If you are intrigued by people and what makes them tick, an Access to Higher Education Studying for Psychology is the perfect course. You’ll explore the human mind, trying to make sense of the ways people think, feel and behave. You’ll explore human behaviour from childhood to adulthood. Not only will you gain an understanding of the psychological theories, you’ll also see how they are applied in current practices, from treatment, therapies to support services.

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If you find the human brain and how people think interesting, then psychology is the course for you. You will learn why someone is who they are based on their past experiences. The way someone behaves and their actions could be given reason. By looking into the human brain, you can understand everything about a person, for example:

  • Why someone would want to go into a life of crime
  • What types of relationships they make
  • Why they take specific actions

Take away the hassle of choosing multiple A-level courses by consolidating all your requirements under one umbrella course. Also, depending on the final grade achieved, learners can earn up to 144 UCAS points upon completion of this course.

Every Access to Higher Education Diploma also includes units covering key skills that learners will find most useful when they continue into higher education. These units are designed to prepare students and equip them with the knowledge needed for studying at a degree level. What's more, we're here to help you every step of the way!

Important dates:

Register to start studying on 1st March 2024 between 1st and 29th February 2024.

Register to start studying on October 1st 2024 between 1st and 30th September 2024.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Communication: Academic Essay Writing

As part of this unit, you will gain an understanding of academic essay writing. Including essay planning, structure and sourcing information. You’ll also look at the importance of academic referencing.

Unit 2 - Study Skills: Developing Research Skills

Research is a fundamental skill in higher education and in this unit we explore the different approaches to academic research and how you can use it in your work to add depth and evidence to points you make. We also look at how to properly credit original authors and use Harvard referencing to show where important information has come from.

Unit 3 - Personal Development: Applying for HE

In this unit we look at the UCAS system used to apply for higher education, and we learn how to make the most of the application process and the importance of career planning and realistic expectations.

Unit 4 - Communication: Presentation Skills

Presentations form a key life skill and important academic tool. In this unit we’ll develop and understanding of the importance of planning, organisation, preparation and delivery of presentations. Learning useful strategies along the way.

Unit 5 - Using ICT

In this unit you’ll gain all the knowledge you need to know, to be able to use a computer for your studying needs. This includes producing documents, sharing information, using the world wide web and using applications.

Unit 6 - Health Promotion

For this unit you will gain an understanding of the theories underpinning health promotion and health education. Exploring their importance and the features that make for a successful promotional campaign.

Unit 7 - Ethical Issues in Health

In this intriguing unit you will explore the theories of moral philosophy and understand the importance of a moral framework. Which is used for decision making in medical practice. Lastly you will look at the ways ethical considerations impinge on patient/client rights and responsibilities.

Unit 8 - Psychological Trauma

In this unit you will gain an understanding of the different approaches to explaining psychological trauma. Taking an in-depth look in to the factors around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lastly looking at diagnosis and treatment interventions for trauma.

Unit 9 - Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Well being

Here you will explore the reasons why children and adolescents mental ill-health and poor wellbeing. You will understand the range of therapeutic interventions available and their effectiveness. Lastly you will develop and understanding of historical and current mental health services.

Unit 10 - Dementia Care & Treatment

During this unit you will gain an understanding of the effects of Dementia on individual carers and their families. Looking at the impact social services have for individuals with Dementia. Lastly you will develop your knowledge of ethical issues surrounding the care of individuals with Dementia.

Unit 11 - Life Style Choices & Health

As part of this unit you will explore the impact and individuals diet can have on their health. You will also develop your understanding of the benefits and possible hazards of exercise. Towards the end of the unit you will be able to recoginise the perceived benefits and hazards associated with the use of drugs.

Unit 12 - Social Perspectives in Mental Health

For this unit you will explore the sociological/economic factors that impact those experiencing mental health illness. You will also gain an understanding of how inequality and social exclusions impact those with mental health illness. Towards the end of the unit you will take a look at the legislation and treatment around supporting those with mental health illness.

Unit 13 - Concepts of Normality & Mental Health

As the title says, for this one you will be able to understand the concepts of normality and abnormality in relation to mental health. You will also take a look at models that seek to explain atypical behaviour of how this may inform the basis of treatment or therapies.

Unit 14 - Psychological Perspectives

Within this unit you will gain an overall understanding of Psychology as a discipline. Looking at a range of psychological perspectives to the study of human behaviour.

Unit 15 - The Nature - Nurture Debate

As part of this unit you will gain an overview of the nature-nurture debate, including how it is used in relation to human intelligence and gender differences.

Unit 16 - Biopsychology of Stress

Within this unit you will gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of stress. Exploring how the nervous systems and endocrine systems are involved in the control of behaviour.

Unit 17 - Personality Theory

Here you will know the major theories of personality, understanding some of the key methods used to describe and measure personality.

Unit 18 - Memory

During this unit you will explore various models of memory. Understanding the techniques used to study memory. Also looking at the causes of memory loss and techniques used to improve memory.

Unit 19 - Aggression

In this unit you will look in to a range of theories explaining aggressive behaviour. This includes looking into both the biological origins and evolutionary explanations for aggressive behaviour.

Unit 20 - Social Influence & Independence

During this unit you will explore how an individuals behaviour is influenced by others. Looking at the nature of social interaction. Also gaining an understanding of the models used to explain independent behaviour.

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Awarding Body

This Access to Higher Education Diploma in Psychology and Mental Health is awarded by Open Awards. Qualification code: AIM 40012190


Open Awards is a UK-based Awarding Body. Open Awards provide Ofqual regulated qualifications and units across multiple subject areas, such as Access to HE courses.

Course Outcome

The Access to Higher Psychology and Mental Health Diploma is a widely accepted qualification at level 3 that provides an alternative pathway into higher education.

At the same level as A-levels, Access to Higher Education courses carry UCAS points which can be used to gain entry to your chosen university. The number of UCAS points awarded is dependent on the learner's outcome of the course i.e. pass, merit or distinction. Calculate your points based on your grade with this UCAS Tariff Calculator.

In the future, this could help you get the job that you hope for, such as:

  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Education Mental Health Practitioner
  • Clinical Psychologist


If you wish to follow your completion of this course with a University degree, we advise that you first check the entry requirements of that specific degree course with the University that you wish to attend as each institution can be different.

For example, many degree-level courses ask that students have completed specific GCSEs with specific grades. This is typically a minimum grade of C or 4 in English and Maths. If you don’t hold these qualifications yet, they are required for your University applications, we can work with you to achieve those alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Please mention this important information to a learning adviser when enrolling.

How is this course assessed or examined?

During your studies and at the end of each unit, you will be asked to complete a variety of different styles of assignments. Assessed and graded by your assessor, these assignments test your knowledge of each module, whilst allowing you to develop a wide range of skills that are vital to higher education.

Entry requirements

There is a minimum study age of 19 years old. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are open to anyone aged 19 or over, to be used as an entry into higher education. These courses are widely recognised by universities in the UK as an alternative to 'traditional' qualifications for entry into undergraduate courses.

We also advise students to check the entry requirements of the next course they wish to take to ensure they meet the criteria. If there are some qualifications you do not have yet, we may be able to help you achieve them at the same time as your course.

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Access to Higher Education diplomas are recognised and accepted by all major Universities. This includes the top Russell Group Universities. Around 20,00 students per year study Access to HE courses.

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How long does access to higher education last?

Access to Higher Education courses typically last for 12 months. It’s a fast and convenient way to gain entry on to a degree course at University.

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An Access to Higher Education Diploma is a Level 3 qualification and is the equivalent of three A-level passes. It provides a direct entry into degree courses at University.

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