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Access to HE

Access to Higher Education Diploma: Policing

Subject Area
Sport & Uniformed Service
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
1 Year
Entry Requirements
GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science – you must be aged 19+ as from the August before your course starts.
Validated by
Skills and Education Group

Students studying this Diploma will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and practical skills through a range of subject areas including: Criminology, Law, The Powers of Police and Crime and Society to name but a few. Successful completion of this Diploma will open doors to several university courses, giving students the chance to study a broad array of degrees and apprenticeships leading to careers in Policing and associated professions such as: The National Crime Agency, The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Immigration services such as Immigration Officer or Border Force Officer.

The Access Policing course provides you with a solid base of theoretical knowledge and technical capabilities to enable you to pursue a successful career in a range of subject areas relating to law, criminology and society, depending on your desired speciality area.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths.

Most police forces specify 5 GCSE at grade c/4 or above including English and Maths, and/or a Level 3 qualification.

Teaching methods/course delivery

The programme delivery method includes lectures and seminars and a good level of student participation is expected. You will be expected to make presentations on a regular basis throughout the course to develop your presentation skills. Attendance in College is typically for three days per week plus an additional 10 to 15 hours personal self-guided study. Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at the interview. A good level of student participation is expected throughout the duration of the course.

Reasons to choose this course

This course will open doors for you to embark your career goals in a range of desirable job roles within the police. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required for the next stage in your education with a recognised qualification enabling you to enrol on an undergraduate course at a higher education establishment of your choosing.

Course fees & additional costs

Course fees vary each year. Prospective students are advised to contact us for the latest fees.

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access additional teaching and learning from home as required for the additional guided learning hours.


If you are aged 19 to 23, you may qualify for fee remission for an Access course depending on your circumstances. Eligibility for a free course is based on government guidelines and the most up-to-date information is available on our website or from our Funding Team. If you do not qualify for free tuition, you will be able to pay for your tuition fees in instalments and may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Still have questions? Call 01904 770443 or email

How you can progress

The Access to HE: Policing course provides you with a solid base of theoretical knowledge and technical capabilities to enable you to pursue a successful career in a range of subject areas relating to law, criminology and society, depending on your desired speciality area.

Course modules

You will study the following course units/modules:


  • Exploring Crime and Deviance, Theoretical Approaches to Criminology (6c) & Current Issues in Criminology


  • Source of English Law, The Law of Homicide, The law of Negligence, Human Rights & The Powers of Police


  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The Psychology of Criminal Investigation, Research Skills & Principles of Reflection


Assessment may take the form of reports, assignments, controlled tests, logbooks and presentations. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of each unit as appropriate. Graded units are eligible for grades will be awarded as distinction, merit or pass.

At the end of the course you will be given a transcript listing all of the units and grades awarded: there is no overall grade.

Universities will specify the grades they expect you to achieve in various units as part of any offer they may make.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are offered a place on this course, you will be able to apply for the new Advanced Learner Loan. The loan means that you will not have to pay any tuition fees up front and will only pay back the loan when your salary rises above £27,525. Repayments are made automatically if you are employed and are part of your tax return if you are self-employed.

If you are taking out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access to HE Diploma your Loan will be written off on successful completion of your higher education programme - so in effect your Access to HE Diploma programme could be free.

Please refer to the York College Advanced Learner Loan page for more specific information.


The Access to Higher Education Diploma is validated and accredited through the National Awarding Body Skills and Education Group which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Tutor: Kay Stevens

Kay has had a full and varied police career with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, serving predominately as a Sergeant where her roles included, Response, Neighbourhood Policing, Training & Custody including tri-force collaboration projects with Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire. Kay also spent four years on secondment to National Police Training as an Inspector; working at Bramshill Staff College and the National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre.

Kay Stevens

During her career Kay has undertaken the following specialist roles and operations:

  • Divisional Human Trafficking Lead for Op. Pentameter - visited street prostitution premises; interviewed victims to ascertain arrival routes into UK. Brothels were closed and women safeguarded and moved to care of support agencies. Intelligence gathered and passed to The National Crime Agency.
  • Trained Choices Officer - to respond directly to Honour Based Violence who called on a dedicated helpline; arranged covert meeting to ensure victim safety, completed detailed antecedents and identification captures, took safeguarding interventions and completed paperwork for force marriage protection orders.
  • Pivotal in the formation of the Cambridge City ASB complex case unit and chaired multi agency problem solving meetings.
  • Crime management and investigations, reviewed evidence, conducted PEACE interviews and prepared court case files.

Following the 2006 South Asian tsunami Kay took a career break and volunteered with an NGO to deliver Emergency Relief and Community Development projects in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Recently she delivered police related training in the Middle East to government staff.

Kay has a MBA from the Open University and implements many of the models and concepts in her training delivery. She is passionate about developing the individual to realise their full potential and aims to provide her students with opportunities for self-discovery as she views this as equally important to academic achievement.

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