Level 3 Access to HE Diploma (Policing and Criminology)

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This course will provide you with theunderpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to your proposed HE study. It allows a broad range of skills to be acquired which explore the role of the police force, criminology, types of crime, an introduction to law and legal frameworks, integrating ethical concepts and are underpinned by psychology, research and interpersonal skills which are important for anyone working in roles within this sector.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Subjects include:

Careers in Policing and Criminology
Ethics and values within Policing
Foundations of Law
Introductiion to Criminology
Legislation for Equality and Diversity


Am I right for the course?

You will be over19 years and have been out of formal education for one year.

It is suitable for adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to Higher Education or thoes who because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to Higher Education.

Access to HE is an intensive course and it is important that you understand the commitment. We will ask you to complete initial assessments in English and maths. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Level 1 in maths and Level 2 in English (GCSE level). In addition you will have an interview with an Access to HE lecturer.

Each unit is assessed through an assignment. This may be a piece of written work, controlled assessment or presentation. Most units are graded pass, merit or distinction. On completion the numbers of passes, merits and distinctions may be used to calculate a UCAS Tariff. Universities will generally set a target for merits / distinctions or a Tariff.

You may take one GCSE/ Functional Skills (English or maths) alongside the main programme. If you need these qualifications it is best to talk to one of the Access Team.

Oaklands College has a team of experienced and specialist subject staff who have industry experience and deliver the teaching and learning on the programme. In addition there is a dedicated team of personal tutors who will help you develop your study skills and support you in reaching your full academic potential.

What Next?

Facillitates a fast track entry into University in one of the following:

BSc (H) Criminological Psychology

BSc (H) Psychology and Criminology

BSc (H) Police Studies with Criminological Psychology

BSc Forensic Investigation

Bsc/BA Criminology

Degree Apprenticeships in Policing, Policing Studies
Foundation Degree in Policing Studies

Recent students have secured places on degree courses in sociology, crime and psychology, law, outdoor and adventure activities and health and social care.

Potential careers:

  • Soldier
  • Coastguard
  • Detective
  • Dog Handler
  • Emergency Services
  • Control Room Operator
  • Firefighter
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Police
  • Prison Officer
  • RAF
  • Security Officer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

Experience what the future
has to offer at Oaklands College

Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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