Course overview

Policing Access to Higher Education City of Bristol College

This Access to HE course is a one-year, full-time Level 3 course specifically designed to enable you to develop the knowledge and study skills to progress into Higher Education.

You may already have some qualifications at GCSE, NVQ, BTEC or A Level but not enough to get into university. The Policing Access to HE course meets the current QAA descriptor.

Dates and applications

Please hover over the ‘i’ button to find out more about course fees and applications.

Policing Access to Higher Education Ashley Down Centre
Bristol
Course Code
LBF1429D01-1
Dates
09/09/2024 - 28/06/2025
Duration
1 years
Days
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
14.00
Start Time
Enquire
Location
Ashley Down Centre
Fee
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Apply
Policing Access to Higher Education Ashley Down Centre
Bristol
Course Code
LBF1429D01-1
Dates
09/09/2024 - 28/06/2025
Duration
1 years
Days
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
14.00
Start Time
Enquire
Location
Ashley Down Centre
Fee
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Apply
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LBF1429D01-1 09/09/2024 - 28/06/2025 1 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 14.00 Enquire Ashley Down Centre
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Apply
LBF1429D01-1 09/09/2024 - 28/06/2025 1 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 14.00 Enquire Ashley Down Centre
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults over 19 years of age who want to enter Higher Education and/or a career in a Policing related role.

You should already have GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 (C), equivalent or above.

What you'll learn

The Access course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your goal. You need to be very committed to study and focused on your career choice.

The Policing Pathway will enable you to undertake studies and prepare you for a career in, or related to Policing, such as; Police Constable (PC), Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Special Constable, a range of civilian roles with the Police Service, or working in Security. You will study Policing, Criminology, Law and Sociology and undertake an Extended Project of your choice:

Course entry requirements

• Apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ button at the bottom of this page
• You will be required to include a personal statement (approximately one side of A4), within the application form
• Please prepare this in advance before starting the application process.
You will need to include:
– Why you are applying for the course
– What you would like to study on completion of the course (e.g. university), and why
– Any experience you have in relation to the Access course, this may be educational, voluntary and/or work based
• GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 (C), equivalent or above
• Writing skills will be assessed prior to enrolment
• Knowledge of course required at university (if applicable)
• Strong desire to study
• Commitment to study full time for a year
• Good organisation, motivation and enthusiasm

How is the course delivered and assessed?

• 14 taught hours per week in college usually spread over three to four days
• 20 self-study hours per week
• Support from a personal tutor and Study Skills are included in the course

Assessment is:
• Assignment based
• Coursework
• Exams

Future career and study opportunities

This course is designed primarily for applicants wishing to pursue a career in Policing work (a Professional Policing Degree – PDD). It will also support applications for degrees in other related areas such as Criminology and Higher Apprenticeships, the PCSO Apprenticeship and applications for voluntary roles and training (e.g. Specials Training, Police Staff Investigator Training).

• It is essential that you know what you want to study after completing the course (e.g. university or college)
• Thoroughly research your intended destination for study following the completion of the diploma and its entry requirements before you apply for an Access course
• We recommend you visit universities on their Open Days
• We have long-established links with universities

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, you may likely need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

  • Career Coach
    For guidance on which career path to take, to explore career options related to our courses, find out which careers are in demand, and then get the training you need.

Where to find us