Access to HE Diploma (Policing & Criminology) – classroom for Adults

Course Code: P264903

Key Information

  • Course type

    Access to Higher Education

  • Campus:

    Highbury Campus

  • Start Date:

    Sept 23

  • Duration:

    One year

  • Attendance:


  • Adult fee:

    £2,875 + £147 registration fee

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Policing and Criminology) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

The qualification gives you the relevant academic subject knowledge needed for higher education study and the opportunity to develop study skills to help you to succeed. It is well established and widely accepted by universities, qualifying for UCAS tariff points that are comparable to the tariff points for three A levels.

If you're a UK resident aged 19 or over then you may have pay your own fees but you can apply for the government backed Advanced Learner Loan. This will be paid back in monthly instalments but the payments only begin once you've finished the Access to HE diploma and are earning over over a certain amount - please check here for up-to-date details.

Ideally, once you've finished the Access to HE diploma you'll then go on to complete a higher education (HE) qualification, such as a degree course. The outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will then be written off.

Although applicants for our Access to HE Diploma require few set formal qualifications, a GCSE at grade C (5) or above in either English or maths is required. You will also be asked to complete diagnostic assessments in both English and maths to establish that you are ready to study at Level 3. In addition, students need good motivation and a commitment to complete the diploma and proceed on to a degree or other higher education qualification locally or elsewhere throughout the United Kingdom.

As part of the interview process, you will be required to undertake diagnostic assessments at Level 2 in English and maths and produce a piece of free writing.

The following assessment methods will be used to assess the units within this Diploma:

  • Case studies
  • Oral presentation
  • Practical tasks/demonstrations
  • Question and answer (written and oral)
  • Tests/exams with seen or unseen papers
  • Tutor observation
  • Worksheets
  • Written assignments
  • Written essays/reports

Please note, at least part of one unit is assessed by formal examination taken under timed conditions.

100% attendance is expected for the duration of the course. Maths, English and tutorial sessions all form part of the overall qualification and non-attendance to any of these sessions may result in the overall qualification not being achieved.

Continued non-attendance to any timetabled sessions may result in losing your place on the course.

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Policing and Criminology. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Policing, Criminology, Policing and Forensics, Criminology and Law, Criminology and Psychology, Sociology with Criminology and a wide range of combined and related degrees.

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