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Access to Higher Education: Law and Criminology

Study mode Full Time
Level 3
Duration 36 weeks
Subject Humanities & Social Sciences
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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Are you aged over 19? Do you have an interest in studying law and criminology?

If you want to go to university to study law and/or criminology at degree level but don’t have the qualifications you need, this course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge that are required for Higher Education.

This course is a level 3 course and is equivalent to three A-levels.

Course content

On this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of law and criminology. You will study a range of relevant subjects, including constitutional law, criminal law, contract law, legal concepts, criminology, psychology and criminal investigation.

In addition to this, you will develop the skills that are required for success in higher education. You will also receive advice and guidance while completing your UCAS application to study at university.

You will be continually assessed throughout the year using a variety of assessment methods.

Curriculum units

  • Academic writing skills
  • Calculations
  • Constitutional law
  • Criminal law
  • Examination skills
  • Introduction to criminology
  • Legal concepts
  • Legal environment – research extended essay
  • Legislation and statutory interpretation
  • Preparation for HE
  • Psychology and criminal investigation
  • References and reliability of sources
  • The English legal system
  • The law of contract
  • The law of tort

Qualifications on completion

  • Access to HE Diploma (Law and Criminology)

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old at the beginning of the course and hold a minimum of level 2 qualifications in both English and Mathematics.

However, if you have already achieved a level 2 qualification in one of these subjects, you will have the option to gain a level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths where applicable.


The majority of students that successfully complete the course will progress on to a university degree programme, with a focus on law and criminology or a related field. Other options include progression to a Foundation Degree.

The main focus of Access programmes is to prepare learners to study at university. However, some may decide to go into employment.

On completion of your course, you will receive a profile of credits that will reflect your suitability for your chosen degree programme.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC010016
Start date 4 Sep 2023
Location East Ham Campus
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