Access to HE Diploma in Law and Criminology

Is the Course for me?

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.

What is involved?

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.


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 for 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.

Course Requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years old in order to apply for this course.
  • It would be beneficial to have level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics (however you will be provided with an opportunity to gain a level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English and maths).
  • If you do not have formal qualifications for entry, you will need to demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to study at level 3, as well as demonstrating level 2 abilities in communications and numeracy.