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Access to Higher Education (Forensics and Criminology)Level 3 Diploma

Do you want to develop a rewarding career in the field of criminal justice or forensics?

Applications are closed for September 2019 entry. However, there's still time to get on a course so pop down to see us for Enrolment!

Looking to study from September 2020? Applications open on Tuesday 1 October 2019!

Course details


This course is for people that would like to study on a Higher Education programme in Forensics or Criminology e.g. the Criminology and Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons), but need to gain the required entry qualifications and skills.

What's covered?

You will study a range of different units across the programme, some focusing on your academic skills and some more subject specific, such as:

  • Introduction to criminology
  • Introduction to criminal Law
  • Careers within forensic science and criminology
  • The psychology of offender profiling
  • Criminal investigation and the criminal justice system
  • Forensic investigation procedures
  • Cell biology and biochemistry
  • Chemical basics and atomic structure

How will my work be assessed?

There is a range of assessment techniques for the subjects covered which may include assignments, presentations and examinations.

What can I do after this?

Following successful completion of this Diploma, students will be able to progress to University to a range of pathways including criminology, police studies, forensic investigation and social sciences, including our BSc Criminology and Forensic Investigation programme here at University Centre Southend.

At least one GCSE in either English Language or Maths at C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent (Functional Skills Level 2) – Evidence of this will be required during the application cycle.

Ideally you will have both. However, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying with us.

Many universities require GCSE Maths and English rather than an equivalent. It is your responsibility to begin checking which qualifications you require with the university or college you wish to progress to.

As part of the interview process, as well as showing suitability through a verbal interview you will need to complete a short computer-based assessment in Maths and English to show that you are currently working to a minimum of level 1.


Open Event - Southend Campus

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Our Southend Campus is located next to Southend Central train station and offers A-level courses and an impressive range of vocational subjects in realistic work environments using cutting-edge technology.


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  • Venue Southend Campus
  • Starts Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Attendance Full time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Provision Adults
  • Cost £3000.00
  • Cost details Course fee based on 2018-19 for UK/EU students. Please note the cost stated is for 2018/19 and may increase for 2019/20.