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Access to Higher Education: Criminology [Subject to Approval]

Access to Higher Education Diploma: Criminology

[Subject to Approval]

Level: 3

Duration: 1 year (full-time)


This criminology course prepares you for entry into higher education for a range of professions such as the police, youth offending services, prison service, probationary service or victim and offender support services.

You’ll gain theoretical knowledge and learn to understand crime in the context of its culture, as well as the criminal justice system. You’ll get a foundation in the psychology of crime, and enhance your studies by exploring the theories of offending behaviour and responses to crime.

You will also be supported through the UCAS application process and overall be prepared for study at higher education. Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.


Entry Requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years old
  • GCSE English at Grade C/4 or above

Most universities expect students to have grade C/4 in Mathematics when they apply for their Higher Education course and many are no longer accepting other Level 2 equivalents in literacy and numeracy. You are advised to check the requirements with your chosen higher education institution. Students applying for a science related course are also likely to need a Grade C/4 in GCSE Science. It may be possible to study for these qualifications whilst undertaking the Access programme at Selby College.


Potential Careers

With further education and training, successful completion of this Access to Higher Education programme can open up routes to careers in:

  • Justice Services – Youth Justice/Probation Officer
  • Police Officer/Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
  • Criminal Intelligence Analyst/Major Crime Team Investigator
  • Scenes of Crime Officer/Crime Analyst
  • Detention Officer
  • Fingerprint Officer
  • Prosecution File Preparation Officer
  • Prison Officer/Probation Services Officer
  • Security Service Personnel
  • HM Revenue and Customs

Fees and Funding

Advanced Learner Loans are available for most students - see here for more details.

For more information about this programme, please contact Selby College Higher Education on 01757 211114 or email highereducation@selby.ac.uk.

How to Apply

Follow this link to download a full application pack: Apply now

Click the links below for further information about the qualification and the Awarding Body: