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This Access course is designed for students to gain entry to approved degrees that offer Criminology/ Criminal Justice & Policing Studies. The course is specifically designed to cater for students who want to learn about crime, psychology and the criminal justice system. They will gain a criminology and criminal psychology foundation and explore topics such as offender profiling, stalking psychopathology, gender, race and discrimination, crime scene investigation.


2.5 days week for 30 weeks

*The department recognises that a large number of students have care or parental responsibilities and makes allowances to ensure these demands can continue to be met by learners.

Entry requirements

Maths and English at Grade 4 or C or above

Who is it suitable for?

19+ learners who are interested in studying a degree in criminology and/or a policing higher apprenticeship. This course will prepare students to pursue undergraduate degrees in this field and prepare them for careers in policy, research, policing, social care and welfare, social work, and prisons. 

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Where will this course take me?

Possible careers:

  1. Police
  2. Probation
  3. Criminal Investigator
  4. Social Worker
  5. Researcher/Policy

Core modules

Mandatory ungraded:

  • Core HE Skills 1 – Research
  • Core HE Skills 2 – Presentation and Reflection

Further ungraded:

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Theories of Crime
  • Critical Thinking and Communication Skills*
  • Introduction to Sociology

Optional modules

Optional Graded:

  • Criminology: Treating Crime
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Criminology: Offender Profiling 
  • The following units are available on the CAVA unit bank and a further 24* credits to be chosen but have the flexibility to change based on staff skills profile:
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Ethics
  • Sociological Research
  • Criminal Law: Youth, Deviance and Sociology
  • Offences Against the Person
  • Drugs Offences
  • The Powers of the Police
  • Public Order Offences
  • Police Interviewing
  • Sexual Offences
  • Offences Against Children
  • Traffic Offences
  • Human Rights

Total 45 credits*

How will I be assessed?

Case Studies


Skills workshops

Will I have to provide anything?

Safety equipment, calculator and textbook.