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Overview of the course

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 a number of university courses, giving students the chance to study a broad array of degrees leading to careers in Policing.

The course is divided into units of assessment. Each unit is broken down into learning hours and most of the units are worth three, six or nine credits (one credit equals 10 learning hours).

To achieve the Diploma, you must achieve 60 credits, all credits are at level three (equivalent to A Level standard).

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.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, Maths – you must be aged 19+ as from the August before your course starts.

Dates and Times

September 2021 - June 2022.

The course is full-time over an academic year. Attendance in College is for three days per week plus an additional 10 to 15 hours’ personal self-guided study.

Course Length

32 weeks


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.

Course Fees

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


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

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 £21,000. 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.

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