Access to Higher Education (Criminology & Social Science)

Level 3, Diploma

Duration: One Year Course (Can be taken over Two Years*)

Location: Benfleet

Days & Times: 10 hours, spread over 2-3 days**

Start Date: September

Fee: 2,995† (Eligible for Advanced Learner Loan)

Course Description

170209 Adult Photos Website 7An Access to Higher Education Diploma will enable you to go to university if you don’t currently have the qualifications you need. They are widely recognised by universities, including Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex.

This course will prepare you for study at degree level by improving study skills in addition to studying Criminology and Social Science in detail.

You will also undertake a research project on a topic of your choice with the aim of developing your independent learning skills.

* This course can be studied part-time over two years (one to two days a week) spreading the cost of the course to £1,500 per year. The part-time option can also be funded by the Advanced Learner Loan. This can be discussed at interview.

**The course runs between 9.30am-4.15pm with an average of 10 hours weekly teaching time spread over two to three days. Please note that days and times are dependent on subject choice and may be subject to change.

If you have not completed a Level 3 course already, you may be eligible to study for FREE! Subject to funding, call 01268 882 618 for more information. Alternatively, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the cost of your course.


Modules may include:

  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour
  • Crime & Deviance
  • Principles of Criminal Law
  • Psychology & Law
  • Academic Preparation for Higher Education.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will be taught using presentations, workshops, research activities, demonstrations, individual and group tasks, as well as visiting guest speakers.

Assessment will be through a mixture of:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • In-class tests.

What Could I Do Next?

You could go on to study a degree in criminology, social science, law or other related fields. You could also go on to study the Public Services HNC/HND at the college.

General Entry Requirements

You should be aged 19 or over and need grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills. 

If you don't currently have the entry requirements needed, don't worry, you could study GCSE English and/or Maths for free* at the college!

Please note that this course is subject to validation.

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