Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

The Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

If you’re interested in psychology and would like to develop skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers, this diploma is for you. You’ll explore how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health and relationships; and choose options to suit your particular interests.

Key features of the course

  • Explores different areas of psychology and how psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour
  • Options include childhood studies, counselling, social sciences, or sport and exercise psychology
  • Develops analytical and communication skills and your ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Key skills

When you have completed this diploma, you will be able to:

  • write a well-structured, coherent essay and a conventionally structured report.
  • appropriately use information gained from tables, etc.
  • use inferential statistics appropriately.
  • process, prepare and present information using computers.
  • use information technology to search for and access electronic resources and appropriately reference sources.
  • work collaboratively


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 £10,528 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 4 years
  • Time limit – 12 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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Aug. 2017
4 - 12 years
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