Access to HE: Forensic Science Level 3 Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type

Access to HE

Course code



Level 3


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Start date

Sep 2020

Forensic Science is the study of gathering evidence from past events, usually as part of a criminal investigation or court proceedings. Forensic Science covers a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, crime-scene investigation, anthropology, computer science and anatomy.

These advanced-stage programmes are equivalent to three A Levels, which means you can achieve the points you need for a university-level education.

As a one-year programme, it also means that you will be ready for university in less time than if you followed the traditional A Level route.

The popularity of Forensic Science, both in study and professional use, saw a boom in the 1970s, and remains a key part of the justice system today. This qualification can open so many avenues to higher educational study, from forensic psychology to criminal justice, that this is a great place to begin your career in the justice system.

What I'll learn

This course is full time, requiring attendance at college up to 15 hours per week.

The rationale of an Access Criminology and Forensic Studies Diploma is to enable mature students to gain entrance to university to study any science-based degree.

 Each year, around 95% of our Access students take up a place at university. Progression subjects  include:

  • Criminology and Psychology
  • Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Demography
  • Anthropology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Sociology


How I'll learn

You will study a variety of practical, engaging modules covering a range of forensic-evidence collection techniques.

In the autumn term, you complete your UCAS application.

Your personal tutor will guide you through this and support you in working on your personal statement. Offers of places at university are made via the UCAS system.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment on is through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

Assessments are a mixture of:

  • essays
  • structured questions
  • projects
  • presentations
  • examinations


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will also be invited in for an interview where you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.