Course Info

'Access to...'
  • access
  • criminology

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Awarding/validation body:


Course Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students, without traditional Level 3 qualifications, to apply for degree courses and enter university.

Our Access to Criminology and Psychology course courses are designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to a degree or diploma course in higher education. These courses enable adults who do not have the necessary level 3 qualifications (such as ‘A’ levels) required to enter higher education to acquire the Access to HE Diploma, which is equivalent in standard to these qualifications.


This is a qualification designed for:

  • Policing
  • Criminology
  • Policing and Forensics
  • Criminology and Law
  • Criminology and Psychology
  • Sociology with Criminology and a wide range of combined and related degrees.


Access to Policing and Criminology is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance (100%) throughout the course.


Good English and Maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects therefore, Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.


Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course, and you’ll receive help and advice with your university application throughout the UCAS process.

Course Highlights

  • Students are supported by Croydon University Centre and attend a two-day programme to get a head start on their Extended Project module of the Access to HE Diploma.


  • The course will help you to develop the essential academic skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. All of which will prepare you for independent study at university.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

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 and/or Criminology and Psychology

Sociology with Criminology and a wide range of combined and related degrees.

In addition, internal progression to BA (Hons) Law & Criminology degree at the Croydon’s University Centre, progressing towards their career goals in friendly and familiar surroundings.


On this course you will develop your knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of policing, Criminology & Law, Sociology and psychology.

o          Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: portfolio, presentations and controlled assessments.

o          The course will be delivered over two days from 9.15am – 5pm.

o          Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: formal reports, presentations, written assessments, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics paper-based assessment, regardless of previous qualifications. You must achieve a Level 2 in English and a Level 2 in Mathematics to be accepted on this course.


Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills as part of their entry criteria and there may be opportunities for adult students to study English and Maths as part of your programme, and the level and type of qualification will be selected to suit individual needs. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.


All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational and work experience. Every student will need to provide at least one satisfactory reference to support their application.

How To Apply

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