In 2019, the Home Office launched a national campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers by 2023. As a result, there has been a considerable increase in recruitment with a total of 6,435 officers joining the forces between November 2019 and March 2020. 

An Access to HE diploma in Policing and Criminology can be vital for your learners to access the employment opportunities and university places currently available.

Why study an Access to HE Diploma in Policing and Criminology?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Policing and Criminology is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university. It has been developed with the help of higher education and further education specialists with policing experience. 

Key topics covered include conflict management, communication skills, ethics and values and current issues facing the police service, as well as forensic investigation, the criminal justice system, crime and deviance and law and order.

The Access to HE diploma is a well established and widely accepted by universities, qualifying for UCAS tariff points that are comparable to the tariff points for three A levels. 

  • Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to participate in or benefit from initial education
  • Adults from groups under-represented in higher education.
  • Adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a profession within Policing.

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Policing and Criminology. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:

  • Policing
  • Criminology
  • Policing and Forensics
  • Criminology and Law
  • Criminology and Psychology
  • Sociology with Criminology and a wide range of combined and related degrees.

OCN London works with local universities to develop progression and partnership agreements that benefit all its providers and learners. The following agreements are in place:

City and Islington College
Croydon College
Kendal College

You can find out more about these centres and the Diplomas that they offer by visiting their pages in our Access to HE Course Directory and by contacting them directly.

Information for centres

How can you deliver this qualification?

You can enquire about becoming an approved centre for delivering Access to HE Diplomas by completing the Centre Approval Enquiry Form.

You can find out more about the delivery of the Access to HE Diploma by reading our Access to HE Brochure and the OCN London Access to HE Diploma Guide.

Information for learners

How will I pay for this course?

If you are aged 19-23 and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification your Access course will be fully funded. Otherwise, if you are aged 19 and over you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your Access to HE Diploma course. The loan will be paid directly to your college (or whoever is running the course) on your behalf.

When you complete a higher education course you will not have to repay the Advanced Learner Loan for your Access to HE Diploma course. This doesn’t have to be a full bachelor’s degree; it could be a foundation degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND) studied at a university or at a local college that offers HE courses.

The Access to HE Diploma is the only qualification that offers this loan waiver.



Access to HE Webinar 

If you are interested in finding out more about how to deliver Access to HE diplomas as part of your learner offer, be that as a new Provider – or expanding your offer or wanting to work with OCN London as your AVA then come along to our webinar to find out more.


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