Access to Higher Education Diploma Policing (Criminology, Sociology, Law and Policing)

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 28 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This full-time Access to Higher Education diploma, validated by Agored Cymru and will prepare learners for a degree in Professional Policing and other HE related courses. The course will be delivered at City Centre campus and will cover subjects in Policing, Criminology, Psychology & Law.

The course is aimed for mature learners who have an ambition to enter the public service and social sectors. It is one of very few courses in the UK which offer direct progression onto a degree in Policing and can offer progression to other similar courses.

What you will study

The course will be delivered in conjunction with experienced police professionals to ensure learners have a broad range of experiences. Learners will study a comprehensive range of subjects in:

  • Policing
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Law

Additionally, learners will develop their academic skills to prepare them for university level study:

  • Professional Behaviours
  • Maths
  • Study Skills
  • Written and oral communications

The assessment for this course is a combination of coursework, assignments, examinations and an Extended Essay. The level three units in Policing, Criminology, Psychology, Law and the Extended Essay are graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction for the skill elements.

To achieve the Access to HE Diploma, students must gain the 60 credits for which they are registered; 45 credits are graded at level 3 with the balance being ungraded credits at level three or level two.

Learners will have access to state-of-the-art teaching facilities at our City Centre Campus as well as specialist police teaching facilities at the University of South Wales (at specific times during the course).

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00

Entry requirements

GCSE English &/ Maths at grade C.

We may consider alternatives which demonstrate level 2 proficiency in literacy 19+ years with evidence of life experience.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

28 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

16 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



40013492 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Policing)

Career prospects & further study

After completing the course opportunities of progression include progressing into a Professional Policing degree or other related HE level courses. 


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE