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CertHE Psychology


Education for everyone, everywhere

Whether you’re constrained by location, cost, time, or other life commitments, we’re passionate about giving you access to higher education that fits into your busy, modern life.

You decide how and where to study

We offer a wide range of flexible undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in both our online and blended study modes.

Full support both online and on-site

We’re also proud to offer non-standard entry, meaning your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.

Strong focus on employability

You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course overview:

Are you interested in developing a scientific understanding of the human mind and what drives human motivation and behaviour? 

Arden University’s CertHE Psychology will introduce you to modern psychology theory and practice, and essential skills for pursuing a career within the field. This CertHE is a recognised qualification in its own right, and also provides an entry route to degree-level study. This is a great option if you feel ready to study a degree course but don’t have the necessary qualifications usually required, such as GCSEs or A levels.

By immersing you in psychology and a rich network of students and internationally recognised academics, our CertHE Psychology course will provide you with a strong foundation for future work or study in one of today’s most in-demand sectors.



Course details and modules

On the course, you’ll study a variety of stimulating modules that have been designed to provide you provide you with knowledge, skills and abilities that are beneficial in a wide range of careers and an entryway into this fascinating field.

All of our psychology courses come with their own specialised support system, giving you additional access to one-to-one support from your lecturers and academic skills tutors, opportunities to chat with your fellow peers and staff, and more.

Course Modules:

This is a 1-year course available through full-time blended learning, which gives you additional study support and is ideal if you’re unsure about committing to a full 3-year degree course. Once you’ve completed your CertHe, you’ll be able to continue onto Level 5 (year two) of the degree course if you wish to do so. To find out more about the Cert HE

Level 4 core modules (20 credits each)

  • Introduction to Studying Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn’t a clear pathway to this degree – we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Course Eligibility

CertHE Psychology

We welcome anyone onto our CertHE course who can show us their determination to complete the qualification. You’ll just need to complete our one-week Introduction to Studying in Higher Education which mirrors the timetabled hours of your programme. Once you’ve passed this, you’ll be able to start on your CertHE.

If you do not have a GCSE or equivalent in mathematics you are strongly encouraged to complete an assessment-free module before the start of your course to substitute this.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or equivalent
  • If English is not your first language we’ll provide one and a half additional hours of subject-specific academic English support each week.
  • Alternatively evidence that you have previously studied in English at the appropriate level can be accepted.

We’ll give you all the support you need to succeed. Then, when you graduate from the CertHE course, you’ll be able to progress on to the rest of the degree course if you decide it’s right for you.

How will you learn?

Extra support

You will receive the same excellent support provided to all Arden students including success coaches, academic skills tutors and workshops, our careers team, and much more. You will also receive an additional four hours of online academic knowledge and study skills sessions as part of your course.

f English is not your first language, we’ll also give you one and a half hours of weekly academic English support


Unlike on more traditional degree courses, you won’t need to sit through exams on the CertHE Psychology. Instead, your assessments have been designed to help you apply your learning to real-world scenarios, Such as as narrated powerpoint presentations and analysing case studies from a psychological perspective. That means you’ll be better prepared to apply the skills you’ve gained on the course to your professional role once you graduate. 

Course fee breakdown

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