When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code K22HSSB01A

What you will learn

Access to HE Diploma in Counselling is intended for students who wish to study for a Psychology and/or Counselling degree at University. Our Diploma courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications that enable successful students to progress onto degree level study at University. The Psychology and Counselling Diploma programme is the most suitable route for you if you are looking to go on to study a degree in subjects such as: Psychology, Psychology with counselling, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Education with psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Psychology with Professional Development or such other similar subjects. This pathway will enable you to gain a solid introduction especially in the field of counselling, study key counselling methods such as CBT and Transactional analysis and also develop the skills you will need to become a successful counsellor. Achievement on your course will be measured by completion of assignments / portfolio. which will be reviewed throughout the course with regular individual tutorials with your tutor to discuss your personal goals and coursework submission with high grades. You will be given help and guidance with the university application process.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Study Skills: Academic essay writing, Critical Thinking, Researching and understanding opportunities for HE report writing, examination skills and more
  • Counselling: Contemporary approaches in counselling, Counselling skills in Practice, and Contexts in Counselling
  • Sociology: Crime, Poverty, Families, Households and Personal Relations
  • Psychology: Introduction to psychology, Psychological abnormality, Developmental and social psychology, Research Methods and independent research Project
  • Develop your study skills and employability skills alongside a range of specialist skills including: Practical skills, Analytical, evaluative skills and IT skills

Class format and activities

On the Psychology and counselling Diploma, you will study core module in Study Skills, which will enable you to develop the essential skills you will need to be a successful student at University, along with three modules, namely, psychology, counselling and sociology. You will receive extensive support throughout the course, including guidance around all aspects of your University application. This is a fast paced course and you will be expected to have good attendance and complete independent study outside of lessons. At the start of the course you will be given a course calendar with a series of coursework submission dates which you will be asked to meet at regular intervals throughout the year. This course will be structured as on online plus course. Twice per term you will come to the centre for your classes and the rest will be taught online. Further details will be given to you at your interview.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over . You should have GCSE English Grades A-C / 4-9 or Level 2 equivalent , and GCSE Maths Grades A-C / 4-9 or Level 2 equivalent is desirable You will need these two qualifications in addition to the Access to HE Diploma to progress to most university undergraduate programmes.

What you need to know before you enrol

Your Access course requires dedication and commitment if you are going to succeed. Your course is timetabled for two days a week and runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. The Access course is an intensive course and will prepare you for the demands of a University degree course in just nine months. It is therefore essential to think how you are going to balance work, family and social life with your Access studies. You will be expected to do regular reading and written work on top of attending classes.

What you need

This is a live online plus course. You will need: - Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome. - A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer. - Earphones/headphones/speakers. We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts. As a student of Morley College you have access to Microsoft 365, including Office 365 and Teams throughout your course.

What you can do next

• The course will prepare you for Higher Education course and interview. You can progress onto degree in Psychology, Psychology with counselling, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Education with psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Psychology with Professional Development or such other similar subjects.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free, or via a Student Loan