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Course Title:

Access to Higher Education Criminology and Criminal justice

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Course Description:

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Criminology and Criminal Justice would be appropriate for students wishing to move on to further study. The Access to HE Diploma in Criminal Justice would be an appropriate course for students wishing to move on to further study at university. Progression courses could include: Criminology with Law, Psychology with Criminology and Policing and Investigation. Undertaking this Access to HE course will give you the opportunity to study subjects such as:

  • The Powers of the Police
  • Theoretical Approaches to Crime
  • The Psychology of Conformity and Aggression
  • Criminology Research Skills Project
  • The Court and Legal System
  • Values, Diversity and Inclusion.

Access to Higher Education

·      The Access to Higher Education (HE) course at Northern College is a fast track to university that will give you the knowledge, skills and qualification you need to apply for university

·      Our Access to HE course is highly regarded by local and national universities and enables you to develop the skills you will require to study successfully and confidently at university.

Why Choose Us?

  • Study at a college designed only for adults
  • 100 per cent pass rate for our Access to Higher Education courses (2018-19)
  • Option to study as a residential student which is great preparation for moving onto university and gives you the time and space to focus on your studies
  • Receive wrap-around support from staff specialising in adult education
  • A welcoming and inclusive learning environment
  • Over 500 acres of surrounding National Trust gardens and parkland free for you to explore during your studies
  • We are rated as Outstanding by Ofsted
  • We offer tailored support to reflect your needs as a student and you will have access to an on-campus Library and Learning Support Centre
  • Northern College is a Covid-secure college. This means we comply with all government guidance on managing the risk Covid-19.

“The Access to University programme is far superior to any studying I have done previously at another college; the support given is what elevates Northern College.”

“Great tutors and I loved being in such picturesque surroundings. What a beautiful place to learn.”

(former Access to Higher Education students)

Funding support to pay for your studies

Students under 24 may be eligible to study for free if they do not already have a full level 3 qualification (equivalent of two A-levels).


Most students aged 24 and over cover the cost of our higher-level courses by applying for an Advanced Learner Loan. You may not need to pay the loan back if you take one of our Access to Higher Education programmes and go on to complete your university degree afterwards. Further information, details and eligibility can be found at:


Entry Requirements

Access to HE courses are designed for those who would like to progress to university but don’t have the qualifications required.  You will need to have achieved English at GCSE grade 4 (C) or Functional Skills Level 2.  For study areas that are largely dependent upon maths skills, GCSE grade 4 (C) or Functional Skills Level 2 may also be required.   

We can offer the opportunity to study either GCSE Maths or English alongside your Access to HE course for individuals that are ready and will discuss this with you during the Interview Day.

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+ to apply.

Potential careers:

 Family Court Advisor, Criminal Justice Liaison Officer, Youth Woker, Support Worker, Criminology Lecturer, Legal Assistant.

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