Access to Higher Education Diploma in Policing

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Course Specifics

Access to HE
Level 3
One year
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Course overview

Access courses are designed to enable mature learners (19+) who have been out of education to gain the qualifications, academic skills and knowledge necessary to progress on to university-level study. Modules include:

  • The Penal System
  • Crime Prevention and Control
  • Crime Statistics
  • Criminology
  • Evidence
  • Forensic Science
  • Incarceration
  • Police Powers
  • The Causes of Crime

Methods of assessment

You will be assessed by written exams, presentations, written assignments and practical work.

Who is this course for?

The diploma is studied full-time over one year. You will be required to attend college lectures and seminars for a minimum of two and a half days per week.

Entry qualifications

  • Grade C/4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. *If applicants have Grade D/3 you will be required to sit GCSE Maths alongside your studies.
  • Pass internal interview and Maths and English screening
  • Relevant work experience (or willingness to take alongside)

What other experience will I gain?

The course allows you to gain the academic knowledge and skills necessary to apply to a university of your choice and/or improved job prospects including: Applied Law, Criminal Justice Services, Social Work and Psychology, Policing, Probation and Community Work. Self-study and research are key elements of any course so you will be expected to dedicate time to your studies outside of the classroom. You will complete work online and in the classroom.

Where will this lead?

This qualification will meet entry requirements for Police Constable recruitment and requirements for the Direct Entry Inspector Scheme. It attracts UCAS points and will also provide opportunities for applicants to progress on to undergraduate degrees or foundation degrees such as our FDSc programme in Criminal Justice Studies (Policing). Applicants are advised to enquire with preferred universities and HE centres to ensure that the course meets their entry requirements.

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