Public & Uniformed Services

Access to HE Diploma in Policing - Quality Assured by Merseyside Police - Y043

12 Quays Full Time Level 3 Duration 36 weeks

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Subject to confirmation, we will be offering a policing-focused Access to Higher Education Diploma that meets the College of Policing's nationally-set minimum requirements.

The government has promised to increase police numbers by 20,000 nationally over the next 3 years. This will be achieved through clear educational pathways to long-term career progression. There are a range of jobs available (e.g. police constable, police community support officer, police staff and specialist roles such as investigators, firearms and roads policing specialists)

All applicants to the service of police constables and PCSOs are required to hold a level 3 qualification.Therefore, this diploma has been created with the support of Merseyside Police and informed by the College of Policing to support you to:

  • gain confidence and relevant subject knowledge
  • make a difference through understanding and investigation
  • develop the talents to make a difference in your community
  • acquire transferable skills and professional behaviours required for Policing careers
  • be fully equiped to progress to HE
Course Details

Access to HE Diplomas are designed to prepare students to study successfully at undergraduate degree level. They are designed to provide relevant academic subject knowledge. They provide an opportunity to learn how to approach study at university level, as well as developing techniques to help you succeed.

The key feature of the current Access to HE Diploma specification is the requirement for a total of 60 credits of study, of which all Diplomas must contain 45 credits from level 3 graded units concerned with academic subject content, with the remaining 15 credits consisting of ungraded level 2 or level 3 units.

For this diploma, we have created policing specific units that are validated by Open Awards and quality assured by Merseyside Police. We have worked together to ensure this diploma provides the best opportunity for progression to HE and the Policing Higher Level Apprenticeship.

Entry Guidelines

Relevant Level 2 qualification at Pass or above or minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (Grade 4 or above).

GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4/C or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.

Satisfactory interview, assessment, school report and/or satisfactory reference.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including, essays, reports, presentations, research reports, case studies, timed assessments, projects and academic posters.

You will also continue to apply use of number and English language skills throughout this diploma.

Additional Information

College of Policing require access to higher education programmes for Policing must be developed with policing core skills at its centre. This covers independent study and research skills and the use and comprehension of numerical data.

Where can I progress to?
  • A Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) incorporating completion of a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.
  • A pre-join (undergraduate) Degree in Professional Policing (Pre-join Degree).
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Starting 6th September 2022 - Ending - 28th June 2023

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If you are aged 19 or over:

If you are aged 19+ and living in the Liverpool City Region (inc Wirral), many courses will be free. If you are aged 19+ and live outside the Liverpool City Region, this course may be free. Terms & conditions apply.

If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

Did you know that many of our courses are free for students aged 19 and above?

Find out if you are eligible for free funding here, or contact our student service team on 0151 551 7777.

If you are required to pay a fee you may be entitled to an Adult Learner Loan or other financial support. For more information on support available visit Bursaries and Loans. We also allow payment by instalments for some courses.

Fee : £3384.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 22/23.

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