Access to Policing and Criminology

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2023


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.

Whilst it is an advantage that you have a full Level 2 qualification prior to entry on the Access to Humanities programme, the only requirement is that you hold at least a minimum of one GCSE grade 4 (Old GCSE grade C), in either English or Maths (equivalent qualifications may also be accepted e.g. Functional Skills Level).

The Access to Policing and Policing and Criminal Justice Studies programme will take one year (34 weeks) to complete. You will study at College 14 hours a week and hours are designed to fit around childcare/school hours.

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 £27,295 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.

Successful completion of the Access to Policing and Criminology programme may allow you direct entry to university study on courses such as Law, Criminology, Social Work, Social Policy, Psychology, Anthropology, International Relations or the HND in Public Services.

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