Access to Higher Education Diploma: Criminal Justice, Law, Public Sector and Policing

Subject Area Access to Higher Education: Public Sect
Course Type Adult Learning
Start Date September 2021
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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Criminal Justice, Law, Public Sector and Policing

The Criminal Justice, Law, Public Sector and Policing Access to Higher Education Diploma is designed to support and prepare you for entry to University degrees in the following areas; policing, criminology, law, (uniformed) public services, and social sciences.

If you have an interest in a policing-related career and the academic study of policing, or an interest in becoming a criminologist, civil servant (i.e. MOD, MI5, Home Office, local authority), member of the armed forces, prison/probation officer or work in the criminal justice system or the growing security and charitybased sectors, then this is the course for you.

There is flexible delivery options for this course including; full-time (one year intensive; three days a week) and part-time (two year; one and half days a week) courses available, as well as a distance learning option over one or two years (two start dates September and February).

• It is desirable if you have a clear idea of the university course that you would like to apply for

• Please check your HE institute choice/s for their entry requirements

• Both maths and English GCSE grade 4 (or equivalent) are required for all Access Diplomas (exceptions will be considered if you do not need this criteria in order to progress to your selected Higher Education Institute)

You may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fees, which you will not have to repay if you progress to University and complete your degree.

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Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in Maths
  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in English
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
What will I learn?
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  • Understanding Crime and Deviance

  • Combating Prejudice and Discrimination

  • Human Rights, the Individual and the Law

  • Media Representation of Social Groups

  • Sociology of Mass Media

  • Contemporary Issues in Social Policy

  • Formation of Social Policy

  • Ethnicity and Citizenship in Modern Britain

  • Developing the academic skills required to study at degree level

Course Applications

Please choose you preferred study option below (subject to change).

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LocationPaignton Campus
DatesSeptember 2021

This course costs: £

If you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).

You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.

To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.


“The Public Services course at the College sparked my passion to become a Royal Air Force Physical Education/Training Officer. I gained a comprehensive insight into what it means to join each public service – due to the level of engagement and trips we experienced with each force. The support and encouragement from the staff was excellent; it gave me the room to fail and grow as many times as I needed and the motivation I needed to succeed.”Lewis Ray

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