One Awards Access to HE Diploma (Policing)

Entry Requirements

If you do not have previous qualifications in English, you will be advised to study Functional Skills English. It may be advisable for you to do GCSE mathematics and English if you do not have these qualifications at C/4 grade or above as an additional qualification, as some universities may request these. You must be 19 years or older to start this course.

What's Involved

Course overview

This diploma has been developed in order to meet current demand for progression onto HE courses related to policing such as the degree apprenticeships and the honours degree programmes. The structure of the diploma is such that it covers the necessary skills and knowledge to meet progression to HE requirements and the needs of adult students

If you are 19+, want to really make a difference to your community and have a passion for public service and working for the Police, then this is the course for you – we have what you need to get started – and with an advanced learner loan, any fees you pay will be written off when you graduate with your Degree – so you’ll get this course for free!

The course is a credit-based, graded qualification and requirements relate to both the award of credit and to the award of grades.

In order to obtain the full Access Diploma, you will need to obtain 45 must be at Level 3 from graded units concerned with academic subject content, with the remaining 15 to be achieved at Level 2 or Level 3 from ungraded units

Mandatory Modules

Professional Behaviours for Police Officers

The Sociology of Crime and Deviance

English Skills for Higher Education

Crime in Context


Introduction to Law Enforcement

Optional Modules *

Criminal Law

Law and /or Criminology Project

Sources of Law


*modules can be subject to change.

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed through a wide range of assessments, this includes written assignments such as essays and reports, presentations, tests, group work and activities.

What's Next

Students can progress onto a range of Higher Education Institutions and courses which offer the degree apprenticeship routes into policing and/or the full honours undergraduate policing programmes. Students could also progress to those courses related to law and criminology.

Students could progress to University of Sunderland, Northumbria University and Teesside University amongst many others.

What if I Need Support

What if I need support:

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course qualifies for an Adult Learning Loan. Full details on the You may also wish to seek advice from the Student Services team on 01325 503030.

If you are successful in completing your HE studies then your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off by the Government, which means you will get your Access course for free.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Access to HE Diploma (Policing)
Level: Level 3
Awarding Body: ONE AWARDS
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: September 2021

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