Course description

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a Level 3 qualification which will prepare you for studying at university. This qualification will give you the relevant academic subject knowledge needed for higher education study, as well as a range of study skills that will effectively prepare you for higher education. You will have the opportunity to study subjects such as:

  • Theoretical Approaches to Crime
  • Law and Morality
  • Psychology: Aggression
  • Psychological Profiling
  • The Court and Legal System
  • Values, Diversity and Inclusion

What our former students say:

“The Access to University programme is far superior to any studying I have done previously at another college; the support given is what elevates Northern College.”

“Great tutors and I loved being in such picturesque surroundings. What a beautiful place to learn.”

Our next Access to Higher Education Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice course starts in September 2022.

What can this course lead to?

BA (Hons) Professional Policing: a degree course designed to prepare you for a career in the fast-paced world of policing
BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice: a degree course for those interested in a career in criminal justice or related organisations
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology: a degree course for those considering in working in health related or supporting services linked to the criminal justice system.

Potential future careers include but are not limited to Law, Police, Probation Services, Criminology Tutor, Solicitor, Court Clerk and Prison Officer.

Want to learn more?

You can find out more about Northern College and the courses on offer at one of our Open Events.


Northern College, Yorkshire

Course session dates

This course will be delivered over 3 full days – Wednesday to Friday each week.

Course fees and funding support

This course is free to all eligible students aged 19 or over who have not previously gained a full level 3 qualification. We will assess if you are eligible when you apply.

If you already possess a level 3 qualification, you may consider covering the cost by applying for an Advanced Learner Loan (ALL) or arrange a payment plan with the college. Did you know you don’t need to repay your loan back if you complete a university degree afterwards, or until you are earning a certain amount? For full details and ALL eligibility visit:

Course Fee £3,022.00