Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology

The Open University

Program Description

Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology

The Open University

Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology

If you’re interested in psychology and would like to learn more, or find out if it’s the right subject for you, this certificate could be the ideal starting point. You’ll learn about the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and how psychological research addresses real-life issues – including ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, relationships and much more.

Key features of the course

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the different areas of psychology, with options to focus on childhood studies or social sciences
  • Develop valuable analytical and communication skills
  • Learn to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Key skills

When you have completed this certificate you will be able to:

  • write a well structured essay and a brief report that summarise effectively and concisely, and recognise the importance of acknowledging sources
  • communicate information accurately and appropriately to the subject, purpose and audience, using a variety of forms including essays and reports
  • read and interpret some different forms of data, including engaging with descriptive statistics and recognising the relevance of inferential statistics
  • interpret information from basic tables, graphs, charts and diagrams
  • demonstrate basic skills in the use of ICT including accessing and searching web pages and using ICT tools appropriate to support distance learning (accessing email, learning from online-based study materials and using the eTMA system)


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 2 years
  • Time limit – 7 years

Career relevance

Psychology students gain an impressive breadth of knowledge and skills that make them highly employable in a wide range of careers, such as:

  • advertising
  • marketing
  • career counselling
  • education
  • the health professions
  • human resources
  • management
  • police and social services

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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This course is Online
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Aug. 2017
2 - 7 years
Part time
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