Learners must complete 45 graded credits at level 3 from 'academic subject content units. 21 credits must be taken from the Mandatory group. A maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Research optional group and the remaining 18 credits must be taken from the Optional unit group. Learners must complete 15 ungraded credits, 3 credits from the Mandatory ungraded group and 12 credits from the Optional ungraded group.
Why choose this qualification?
The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to forensics and criminology topics. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programme. The mandatory units include a mixture of science-based units, which will support forensic topics, and basic criminology units. These include: Crime Statistics, Forensic Investigation Procedures, Forensic Science and Introduction to Criminology.
Many learners join degrees related to forensics and criminology after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.
Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills. There is only one mandatory unit, Preparation for Higher Education, to allow centres the flexibility to select units that are relevant to their students. In addition, it is strongly recommended that learners should take the Study Skills for Higher Education and the Mathematics – Calculations units to meet literacy and numeracy requirements.