Access to Policing and Criminology

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This Access to Policing and Criminal Justice Studies programme is designed for adults interested in undertaking a career in Law and Criminology, the Police authorities, Probation and Prison Service fields, Youth Justice, Victim Support or other related Psychology and Social Policy fields.

What will I do?

The Access to Policing and Criminology programme is gained by achieving 24 Level 3 credits in Policing and Criminology, 27 Level 3 credits in Law, Psychology and Sociology. You must also complete nine Level 3 credits in Study Skills.

To undertake the course full time, you will need Maths and English at Level 2 GCSE Grade 4 (legacy grade C)or above. Functional skills for both at Level 2 will also be accepted.

To join us part time you only need one Level 2 qualification in English or Maths, and we will work with you to gain your other Level 2 over the 2-year part time course.

Access to Policing and Criminology will take you 2 year to complete. Based at our Boston Campus (Rochford), you will study 1 sessions a week, either in the day or in the evening.

Sessions begins on Tuesday 19th September 2023, 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

Evening sessions will run on Tuesdays, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, with day sessions running on Fridays, 9:15am – 3:15am.

For those aged 19-23 on the first day of the course, if this is your first Level 3 course your fees should be free.

The Access to Policing and Criminal Justice Studies programme will cost £3022.
If you have already gained a Level 3 qualification you may still be able to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.

If you need to pay fees, you may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to University you won’t have to repay the loan and if you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218 or email your query to

For the full diploma to be awarded you will need to compile a portfolio of assignments, which are externally moderated by Aim.

You will learn by a variety of processes including theory and practice, portfolio assignments, individual and group work.

This course is designed to feed directly into a Higher Education course available at Boston College but will also prepare you to progress into Higher Education at the University of your choice.

For full details on the Higher Education offer available at Boston College please visit the University Course section of our website.

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You can download our course guide