Access to Policing

Course Overview

New for September 2023

This course is designed for mature students (19+) who wish to pursue a career in policing and the wider public services sector.

This course is ideal for someone who would like to progress to Higher Education (Professional Policing) but doesn’t meet the academic entry requirements at the moment.

The Access to Policing diploma is an intense Level 3 Programme delivered in one academic year and is equivalent to completing three A Levels. Taught by experienced members of staff with strong links to industry and local higher education providers, this course provides the perfect platform for those with a passion for policing and the wider public services to progress to university.

This course meets the requirements of the College of Policing national specification for an external course.


Entry Requirements

Minimum age of learner is 19 years. Although there are no formal academic entry requirements, a C grade in GCSE Maths and English is desirable. All applicants will be subject to an interview and will need to complete an entry assessment. Applicants will be advised if alternative Level 3 routes are more appropriate for their aims, or be referred to complete our L2 Skills for Further Study Diploma if further academic development is needed.

Applicants may also be initially advised to consider our part time Preparation for Learning (Pre Access) programme to further prepare them and advise on their suitability for study on the Level 3 Access to Policing diploma.

Course Delivery

You will study a range of subject specific and mandatory skills units:

Example subject specific units:

  • Introduction to modern policing
  • Police powers
  • Professional behaviours in the Police
  • Problem orientated policing
  • Criminal psychology
  • Crime scene preservation
  • Access to HE investigative project (research project)

Example mandatory skills units:

  • Application of mathematics for the Police
  • Academic skills

Assessment methods will include a variety of project and assignment work, essays, presentations, research projects and tests. You will be required to maintain your course file to the required standard for the awarding body.

The course requires a high level of commitment to the various continually assessed units for successful completion.

Learners will attend college 12 hours a week for 32 weeks (days and times TBC). Applicants will be expected to attend all sessions and undertake significant independent study. All assignments must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification.

Progression Opportunities

Learners will be able to progress to university to study subjects such as professional policing and criminology, or the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).

Additional Information

£40 administration charge

Course deliverable in Welsh: