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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Public Sector Services and Policing) Ref. 400/0960/9

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Public Sector Services and Policing) Ref. 400/0960/9

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This course is an option for people who would like to start or further their career in Law.

This Access to HE Diploma will allow you to apply for university degrees such as BA (Hons) in Criminology, BA (Hons) in Policing, BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice and related degrees. By taking this route you can progress to a career in the police, probation, or prison service; as well as other sectors of the Criminal Justice System. For more information see the ‘Careers’ tab.

In our course you will learn about the different aspects of criminology, such as criminal justice and social policy, the criminology of prisons. Furthermore, you will gain more general knowledge about the British public sector by learning about political representation and the contemporary issues in social policy. You will also gain a very good set of related and needed skills including statistical skills and graphical techniques. For more information see the ‘Modules’ tab below.

This Online Public Sector & Policing Course at a Glance

  • 100% online learning
  • Flexible - learn in your own time around work and family
  • Flexible payments - interest-free monthly payments over 1 year 
  • One-to-one tutor support at mutually convenient times
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Gain crucial knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence
  • Assessed through end-of-unit assignments 
  • Equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels
  • Complete in 1 year or less

Education Provider: Cambridge Online Education - established 2002

Accredited by: Open College Network West Midlands

Regulated by: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


Course Outline

The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Public Sector Services and Policing) Ref. 400/0960/9 learners must achieve:

  • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
  • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

  • Crime and Media
  • Criminal Justice & Social Policy
  • The Criminology of Prisons
  • Sociology of Mass Media
  • Political Representation: Prime Ministers, Ministers & Civil Servants
  • Constitutions & Elections
  • Multi-Culturalism in Modern Britain
  • Research Topic (Social Science)
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
  • Statistical Research
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Numerical and Algebraic Techniques
  • Graphical Techniques
  • Understanding & Responding to Texts (U)
  • Using Spreadsheet Software (U)
  • Study Techniques (U)
  • The Post War Development of Social Policy in relation to the Welfare State in Britain (U)

Enrolment Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for students applying for the Cambridge Online Education Access to H.E. Diplomas. Tutors are nevertheless, required to ensure that learners admitted onto the Diploma possess the necessary skills and personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course.


All Access to HE Diplomas require the achievement of 60 credits. 45 of the 60 credits must be graded at Level 3 (pass, merit or distinction). Such credits will arise from the Academic Subject Content Modules. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded and can be achieved at either Level 2 or Level 3. Students may only be registered against units with a maximum combined total credit value of 60. In terms of the length of time required for a learner to complete their diploma, for all Access to HE Diplomas the notional learning hours are 600. Notional learning hours comprise all learning that may be relevant to the achievement of the learning outcomes including directed and private study, practical and project work, assignments and assessment time. The assessment methods used for each unit of your course will be detailed in the Programme Handbook. Your tutor will provide you with formative feedback and provisional grades. Your grades will be then evaluated by the Examination Board. Final grades will be released to students after the External Moderation Visit.


On successful completion of the course, you will receive a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Public Sector Services and Policing) at level 3 QAA ref: 400/0960/9 awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Online Education is a fully accredited education provider for this qualification


Possible career options include:

  • Police officer
  • Probation Service officer
  • Prison Service officer
  • Prison warden
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Security manager
  • Police community support officer
  • Personal assistant
  • Policy officer
  • Politician's assistant
  • PPC specialist
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Public relations officer
  • Security officer
  • Court officer
  • Security consultant
  • Security company director
  • Security Lecturer
  • Academic specialising in Social policy, Polcing, Law, Security, Criminology, Social sciences and more

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Jade's Story

My homelife was not the most stable when I grew up as the community had lots of problems with crime and poverty. School was fun by I didn't really do that well. I managed to get some shop work but then I had my daughter and I had to stop work. I'm able to study my Access Course from home in my own time and around caring for my child. I'm hoping I can get to uni and then get a great secure career where I make my community better. I want my daughter to have a stable home and good future, and this course is my chance to give it to her and maybe help others too.