Access to Higher Education: Criminal Justice and Policing
- September 2021
The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Criminal Justice and Policing Studies, as validated by CAVA, is a City College Norwich qualification which prepares students aged 19 years and over, without relevant qualifications, for study at degree level.
The course will be run at Easton College. Students are required to participate in an intensive period of study which will cover 15 units within one academic year across 2.5 days a week.
Units studied with this course include: Theories of Crime, Criminology, The Criminal Justice System, Human Rights, Crime Scene Management, The Powers of the Police, Crime and Deviance, and a variety of Offences. Your skills will be developed in: Written and Spoken English, Presentation skills, Information Technology, Maths, Leadership, Job and University Applications.
The Access course is widely recognised by UK universities and colleges including City College Norwich. However, we advise that if you are hoping to go on to do a degree course at a specific university, it would be useful to contact them to check that the Diploma you have chosen is in an appropriate subject area and is recognised by the university or college. International students whose qualification are not recognised by UK universities or colleges, and who are 19 and over, may also wish to choose this pathway as a route to enter degree level study.
Why Our College?
Strong industry links
You will gain an outstanding insight into the industry due to our links with the Police Force, Fire Service, Military, Prison Service and other public sector organisations.
Excellent career prospects
The public services sector offers lots of varied and rewarding careers. The armed forces and security services accept over 11,000 new recruits each year and are often among the top graduate employers.
A life changing career
Public services careers make a real difference to be peoples lives, keeping the public safe.
Access to Higher Education prepares adults without traditional qualifications such as A Levels for study at university. This diploma is widely recognised by UK universities and Colleges. You will be given the opportunity to develop not only academic knowledge in your chosen subjects but also broader study skills to help you succeed at university. This course is suitable for students aged 19 or over.
Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on you:
- Providing evidence of achievement in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above.
- A satisfactory reference.
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is; IELTS (SELT); 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.
If you do not currently hold the correct GCSE entry requirements, or do not specify them on your application, it will be automatically transferred to the Adult Literacy/Numeracy department. If you are working towards GCSEs this year in readiness for September, please let us know this when you apply as you will still be invited in for an interview.
Selection to discuss your suitability for the course and whether the course is right for you is by interview and evidence of your GCSE qualifications. As part of this process you may be required to complete online assessments and submit a short piece of writing. Advice can be given about alternative ways forward if necessary.
Please research Higher Education requirements very carefully.
A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.
We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CCN. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs. Assessment is by coursework. There will be at least one assignment for each of the subjects listed above. These assignments may be written such as essays / research projects; oral e.g. presentations and there may also be examinations at the end of some units. You will gain a variety of academic skills e.g. communications, research and study skills.
You will be awarded credits on completion of each units with a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. Most credits are awarded are awarded at level 3 which broadly equates to A-level study. Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on several set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and examinations.
Employment; Higher education; Apprenticeship.
On successful completion of this Access to HE programme, you can progress onto any career within Policing or Criminal Justice.