The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: CertHE Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: September 2019 Tuition fee: £6,167 (learn more) Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Do you have an enquiring mind and a thirst for knowledge? Are you fascinated with how people think and what makes them tick? Our short online Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology course could be the stepping stone you need to experience a whole new world.

You’ll start of by learning skills that will that will ensure you are academically ready to engage in online learning on advanced level in our Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology. You then go on to learn about key subjects within the field of psychology, for example the ways in which people, as individuals or in groups, influence on another, human memory and cognition and much more.

Get to grips with the science behind the mind, brain, behaviour and experience. You’ll learn different perspectives to enable you to promote an appreciation of real-life applications of psychology.

Throughout this course, you’ll explore a broad range of topics including:

  • the history of individual differences and the ethical issues and controversies it raises
  • the ethical and cultural approaches to mental health, stress and wellbeing
  • how psychology can be used to analyse how attitudes are formed and changed
  • theories and methods in the field of social psychology;
  • an introduction to the study of human memory and cognition

Upon completion of your CertHE Psychology, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a full Bachelors degree (360 credits).
Please note: This course is not accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Why we’re great

  • You’ll be working with the our dedicated, motivated and passionate tutors who are all specialist in their own fields. They will be available for support and guidance to all our students.
  • The course is assignment based with nearly every module having an engagement activity where you will be able to socialise and interact with other students on the course.
  • You will also work on collaborative modules which will widen your knowledge and give you different perspectives from others that you are working with. These modules also give you a chance to understand views which you may not have considered before.

The CertHE Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Level 4 modules:

Upon completion of your CertHE Psychology, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a full Bachelors degree (360 credits).

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Teaching Methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment Methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study Duration

Our CertHE Psychology course has an indicative study duration of 16 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Through our online psychology course you’ll gain a wide range of transferable skills including the application of critical-thinking to source material, an understanding of the role of evidence, communication skills and the ability to successfully reflect on learning and recognise how this may influence future career development and planning.

The career options related to this programme are extremely wide-ranging, roles that you could look into include: counselling, civil service (e.g. roles as a youth worker or in crime prevention), marketing, research, healthcare (e.g. nursing or support worker roles), security (e.g. security analysts or behavioural scientists), education (e.g. teaching assistant roles or behavioural support) and business (e.g. human resources or training).

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone. That’s why we offer an Open Entry Route – meaning you don’t need any prior academic or work experience in order to start studying with us. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

You will need to pass your first assignment set within the first three weeks of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0.

Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £6,167
Monthly tuition fee: £385

  • Designated for undergraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront or annually.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside the EU.

Please note that the up-front payment discount can be used in combination with the Alumni discount or international/Executive Scholarships. The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the international/Executive Scholarships.

Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course. We think you’ll love it! But if, within the first 21 days, you decide it’s not for you, you’ll receive a full refund.

Name: Dr Sarah Thurgood CPsychol MAR 
Programme: BSc (Hons) Psychology 

Dr Sarah is the Head of Psychology at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in December 2017 to lead the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. She is a Chartered Psychologist and she holds a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology and her research interests are in infant feeding and support for new first-time mothers. Prior to the Doctorate, she completed a BSc Forensic Psychology and an MSc Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. Previous experience includes working within a Local Authority in the Public Health Intelligence Team, as an Addiction Researcher conducting research on what is ‘recovery’? and as an Assistant Manager of a Psychiatric Hostel, supporting patients day-to-day with long-term mental health conditions. Sarah has published journal articles in the field of substance misuse and smoking cessation.

Name: Dr Karisha George
Programme: BSc (Hons) Psychology 

Karisha Kimone George began her tertiary education in Trinidad and Tobago completing her undergraduate in Psychology and Sociology at the University of the West Indies. She then came to the United Kingdom to complete her Masters in Applied Forensic Psychology and PhD in Psychology at the University or York. Her PhD explored the cognitive processes in which students engage when coping with the demands of university life, and how these processes influence their capacity to adjust and flourish while at university. She came to De Montfort after completing her first Post-Doctoral position at Newman University in Birmingham, UK, again exploring the impact of thinking patterns on well-being, but in this case, her thinking patterns of interest were the complexities with which individuals conceptualised God. She has entered DeMontfort as a Lecturer on the B.A. Health Studies and B.Sc. Health and Well-being in Society programmes. Her teaching focuses on Health Psychology and enabling students to understand how psychology gives unique insight into various health-related attitudes, thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Her favourite word is ‘predicament’, but only when spoken in exactly the same manner as John Travolta in ‘Face Off’.

Name: Dr Nicole Sherretts 
Programme: BSc (Hons) Psychology 

Nicole completed her PhD in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield.  Prior to completing her PhD, Nicole gained a MSc in Investigative Psychology, also from the University of Huddersfield. Nicole is a Researcher and Lecturer in Criminology and Psychology and has experience working with the Criminal Justice System in the US. She is also an experienced quantitative research methodologist and while she primarily conducts research in prisons in Pennsylvania (including those that house death row inmates), she is also an International Advisory Board member for the global None-in-Three project; an effort dedicated to combating the statistic that 1 in 3 women will face violence (domestic and sexual) in their lifetimes. Nicole’s research interests include: Psychopathy, Criminal Social Identity, Homicidal behaviour, Serial homicide, Domestic violence, Sexual violence, Crime analysis, and Investigative analysis.

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Michelle Franklin, CertCE Psychology - CertHE Psychology

The course is amazing, it isn’t easy, and you need to be focused and make time to read the literature and complete your modules but it has ignited a passion for learning that I had forgotten I had. I needed an online course as running the business does take up a lot of my time. I looked into the different options and their course was well explained and the information given by the team was very straight forward and easy to understand. The course is amazing, it isn’t easy, and you need to be focused and make time to read the literature and complete your modules but it has ignited a passion for learning that I had forgotten I had. It is important that you learn how to manage your time and ensure you make the most of any study time you get. The course is well structured, and the online forum is easy to use. There is a lot of ongoing support so if you are unsure of something you

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