Access to HE: Forensic Science Level 3 Diploma

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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. Be on the cutting edge of scientifc advancements!

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 and Forensic Sociology.


How I'll learn

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


How I'll be assessed

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.


Entry Requirements

To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications.

However, applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. You are required to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if your level of literacy and numeracy is sufficiently high to cope with a Level 3 course. The outcome of this might be that an applicant is advised to complete maths and/or English at GCSE before being considered for the Access course.

On the other hand, if an applicant scores well on the initial test, it is possible to do maths and/ or English alongside the Access diploma, but please note that this is a substantial workload.

If you’re aged 19 or over, live in England and are thinking about further education or training, you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000 a year.

What are Advanced Learner Loans?
The government introduced Advanced Learner Loans to help adult learners manage the costs of further education and training in England.
These loans cover tuition fees for a range of Level 3 to Level 6 courses including:

  • A-levels.
  • General and vocational qualifications.
  • Access to Higher Education diplomas.

Advanced Learner Loans are only available for study at a training provider or college in England.
Previously these loans were known as 24+ Advanced Leaner Loans, but due to the age at which you’re eligible changing, the name was changed. So, if you couldn’t get a loan previously because you were too young, now you might be able to.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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 contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.