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Course Details

This is an intensive course which provides a qualification equivalent to A-level (level 3), recognised by universities as sufficient for entry to related degree courses. Universities have provided their support for this course providing progression on to relevant courses, such as: criminology, forensic studies, psychology, sociology, media studies, childhood studies/ early years, social work and some science courses. However, we recommend students email universities to establish their entry requirements. The access courses provided at the college have outstanding success rates and lecturers are passionate about providing you with a positive learning environment. All staff are approachable and encourage you to regularly communicate with them. Suitability: Universities and colleges expect Access to HE applicants to have acquired a certain amount of life experience before they start an Access to HE course, so applicants who have only recently left school may be advised to follow a different route into higher education. You may also be required to have Science GCSE in the A*-C grade range, which will be discussed at interview, when you should also provide original copies of your qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Access to HE courses are intended for mature students who have been out of education for some time. This generally means that students should be at least 19 when they start the course. You are required to have English Language and Maths GCSE at A*-C grade (minimum of Grade 4).

Career options

Completion of the degrees listed above could lead to various careers, such as within the police and other areas of The Criminal Justice System. counselling, teaching, social work, and management roles.

Access to Higher Education: Criminology (and Forensic Studies)

Five highlights

  • 1 Progression routes to numerous criminology-related university courses
  • 2 This Access courses and the College are rated as outstanding by Ofsted
  • 3 Peer learning is actively promoted in lessons (Ofsted 2014)
  • 4 Provides you with solid grounding before application to crime
  • 5 The experienced team are accessible, proactive and supportive

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 09.09.2020
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in Criminology (and Forensic Studies)


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Course code Location Course length Start date
ACC008CF1A Chichester Campus 1 Year 09.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

The course is split into three components: Psychology and Crime; Sociology and Crime, Science & Crime. Within psychology, you will study an introductory (ungraded unit), psychology and therapy, social psychology, and criminological psychology; within sociology, you will also study an introductory (ungraded) unit, sociology of the mass media, and conduct a social enquiry (investigation); within science you will study six units (all graded), including chemistry for biology, biomolecules, cells, genes, forensic biology and physics, and forensic chemistry. There will be a further criminal investigation incorporating elements of Sociology, Psychology and Science in collection and analysis of data (including Criminal Justice roles, criminal profiling and analysis of evidence. Finally, you will be required to complete an introductory unit in mathematics, as well as an independent research project (under supervision), which will both be ungraded. Each unit is assigned a specific number of credits; completion of these units counts towards the overall course total of 60 credits. Ungraded units count for 15 credits of this overall total (achieved/ not achieved), leaving 45 credits worth of units with grade descriptors assigned to them.

How will I be taught?

You will attend one 3.5 hour session in sociology per week and the same applies for psychology (30 mins of each lesson are assigned to tutorials). The science modules will have two 3 hour session per week. Tutorials will often take the form of group sessions but will also embed one-to-one meetings with the course leader to discuss any ongoing issues of concern related to the course, subject content or on-going personal issues. Lessons will include varied and relevant activities; all resources wi

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using 1000-2500-word essays and reports, group presentations, booklets, observations and the creation of leaflets/posters throughout the duration of the course. There is no end-of-course exam but there are subject-specific controlled assessments throughout the year.

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