Access to HE Diploma (Public Sector Services & Policing )

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Why study this course?

The Access to HE Diploma (Public Sector Services and Policing) is a one-year, full time, level 3 course, which has been designed for students who want to study Policing and or the Public Sector services courses at university or higher apprenticeships. There is a broad range of careers available within the Public Sector and this course is a stepping-stone to accessing these degrees and apprenticeships. Successful students would be able to apply for degrees across a variety of specialisms such as Policing and Criminology, also apprenticeships in Policing or the officer route in the Armed forces.

There are a wide range of courses that you can study on completion of this Access diploma. Courses that students have progressed to in the past from the BTEC route include Policing and Criminology. There is a wide range of jobs you could pursue following a successful Degree or Apprenticeship such as:

  • Police Officer
  • Armed Forces Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Border Force
  • Civil Services

At Halesowen College our Access programme is specifically linked to Birmingham City University, Newman University and Wolverhampton University.  However, as part of the Open College Network, the qualification is recognised nationally, leaving you free to apply to the University of your choice. Even if you were to decide against progressing to higher education, we believe that you would find the course to be of great personal benefit.

Course content

This Public Sector Services and Policing access course includes the essential concepts of social policy, law, criminology, media current affairs and related study in Policing and the Public Sector. This array of content will give you a solid foundation for a course at university or a higher apprenticeship.

The list below are some of the units studied on the Access to HE Public Sector Services and Policing Diploma (subject to change)

  • Crime and Media
  • Criminal Justice & Social Policy
  • Situational Aspects of Crime
  • Criminal Law & Procedures
  • Combating Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Issues in Social Policy
  • Research Project

There are a range of strategies used to assess each unit on the social work diploma, these vary and could come in the form of a presentation, a professional discussion, essay, podcast, academic poster, report or video. Each assessment will be marked and graded by your lecturer and then returned to you along with useful feedback and tips for improvement.

Entry requirements

You require a GCSE grade C/ 4 in English Language or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills English.

It is desirable to have GCSE grade C/ 4 in Maths or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills Maths as well. If not, you can study this alongside your Access Diploma, as you will need it for your Degree or apprenticeship qualification. It is also best to check with your University choice to ensure your entry requirement


You will need access to notebooks and stationery.


Day, time and duration

Full 23/24 timetable to be confirmed


Start date  

September 2023


If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 – 23 years, this course may be free 

An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course 

If applying for an Advanced Learning Loan we will need evidence of application before enrolment can be completed, we can also support you to make this application 


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