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Course Title:

Access to Higher Education in Policing and Criminology

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Course Description:

If you would like to study Policing or Criminology at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course could be for you!

This Level 3 qualification 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.

The course covers a range of subjects and specialisms relevant to Policing, Law and Criminology. Modules include:

  • The Powers of the Police
  • Law and Morality
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Psychology – Conformity and Obedience
  • Psychology – Aggression
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

You will also complete a range of study skills modules and an independent research project to successfully develop the skills required for higher education.

Entry Requirements: 

If you haven't been in education for some time or didn't gain any formal qualifications at school or college, don't worry. Whilst you won't need to have GCSE Maths and/or English to get onto this course, you might need them to apply for the university course of your choice (so please check this out). We may be able to offer you the opportunity to study GCSE Maths alongside your Access to HE course and will talk to you about this at one of our Admissions Days. There is no upper age limit for this course as we believe everyone should have the chance to achieve their ambitions, but you do need to be 19 or over to apply.

Once you have submitted an application online, we will send you a form to provide some additional information and a workbook of initial assessment tasks.These need to be completed and returned to we receive your work we will be in touch to arrange an informal interview, this can be on site or via Zoom.

How will the course be delivered?

This course is delivered over two semesters and will require students to be in college full time 3 days per week. The remaining 2 days should be used as independent study days to work on assignments.

Course Costs and Funding

The course fees are £3,022 and most students cover this cost by applying for an Advanced Learner Loan.Further information and details on how to apply/eligibility can be found at:

Did you know? You can take out an Advanced Learner Loan to study on one of our Access to Higher Education courses and don’t need to repay if it if you complete your degree afterwards.

Why Choose Us?

Northern College is specifically for adults wishing to return to education and is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

The college is housed in the magnificent grade 1 listed building of Wentworth Castle surrounded by National Trust gardens and parkland which offers the unique experience of studying as a residential student which is great preparation for moving onto university.

It boasts tailored support to reflect your needs as a student and an award-winning Library and Learning Support Centre.

Potential progression routes:

  • BA (Hons) Professional Policing – a degree course designed to prepare you for a career in the fast-paced world of policing
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice – a degree course for those interested in a career in criminal justice or related organisations
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology – a degree course for those considering in working in health related or supporting services linked to the criminal justice system

Student Testimonial

'Lovely college, great teachers, great support! I'm so happy I attended this course, it has helped me to grow as a person and achieve a better education.'

Need more Information?

You can find out more about Northern College and the courses on offer at one of our Virtual Open Events

Tuition Fee: £3022*

* Please note the fee displayed is for the tuition fee only. If you are staying overnight at the college and you are not eligible for residential funding, there will be an additional charge to cover bed, breakfast and evening meal.
* Please confirm with The College Registry as fees can change and also with regards to your circumstances (unless otherwise stated).

email : mis at northern dot ac dot uk
Tel : 01226 776000