The range of units chosen for this Diploma will give a good overall view of the subject areaand will allow students to develop key skills within biology and chemistry which underpin the two subject areas of Forensics and Criminology.
Students will be able to see the links between the subjects and understand how they work together. The units will allow students to consider their options for further study and then progress onto policing studies, criminology or forensic studies undergraduate degrees whilst having given them a flavour of how the elements work together.
The ungraded units have been selected to provide underpinning skills which will support academic study, but will also provide students with relevant skills to continue onto these types of degrees.
Why choose this qualification?
Students must achieve 27 credits from this group.
Careers within Forensic Science and Criminology
Chemical Basics and Atomic Structure
Forensic Investigation Procedures
Introduction to Criminology
Quantitative Methods - Statistics
Research: Practical Investigation Project
Students must achieve 18 credits from this group.
Anatomy and Physiology
Aspects of Social Psychology
Biochemistry in the Human Body
Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Circulation, Immunity and Homeostasis
Criminal Investigation and the Criminal Justice System
Fundamental Concepts and Scientific Method in Biology
Fundamentals of Chemistry: Conducting Experiments
Human Cardiac and Respiratory Systems
Introduction to Criminal Law
Introduction to the Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Practical Chemical Analysis
Practical Chemical Science for Health Studies
The Human Skeleton and Muscles
The Psychology of Offender Profiling
Learners must complete a total of 15 credits from this group.
Students must achieve 6 credits from this group.
Academic Reading Skills
Health and Safety in the Laboratory
Practical Science Skills
Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience
Intended learner groups
a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE.
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.
Face to face or blended learning.
Successful completion criteriaIt is recommended that the centre considers advising learner learners to attain maths, English or Science at grade C/4 or above prior to completion of the Diploma in order to support progression.
Following successful completion of the Access to HE Diploma (Forensics and Criminology) learners may progress to the following:
BSc (Hons) Criminological Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology
BSc (Hons) Police Studies with Criminal Psychology
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Psychology
Provider approval criteria
Computers, laboratory equipment
There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.
The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:
The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).
How to find a learning aim
If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:
Additional funding information for Access to HE
- Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
- Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
- Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.
The following support materials will help you to deliver this qualification.
Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.
The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.
To provide a flavour of what’s available, you can download the below samples for free:
- Assignment Brief – Preparation for Higher Education – QU007638
- Assignment Brief – Safeguarding Children Young People and-or Vulnerable Adults – QU025409