Access to Higher Education Diploma (Policing)

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    1 year (16 hours per week). A 2 year programme will only be offered under exceptional circumstances.

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Policing)

Full-Time (Further Education)


Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like to progress into Higher Education? Do you want to prepare for studying a policing degree? This course gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress onto a related higher education course.

The aim of the All Wales Access to Higher Education Diplomas is to give you the skills necessary to progress to and successfully participate in a programme of higher education. They are targeted at learners who have substantial life experience gained since completing compulsory schooling.

The Policing Diploma offers related topics in subject areas such as Police powers, legislation used by police, crime scene preservation, criminology and criminal psychology

All learners will study core study skills and mathematics, together with experimental research. The 60 credit Diplomas consist of 15 credits at Level 2 or 3 (ungraded) from core modules plus 45 academic Level 3 graded credits.

Entry Criteria

GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English or Welsh 1st Language, GCSE Grade D or equivalent in Mathematics or Numeracy and GCSE Science, as required by the route of progression to university. You should have at least three years of relevant life skills gained after compulsory education.


All Wales Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed to help you return to studying after a break. As such, the sessions will be participative with a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. You will work closely with the tutors, learning through formal teaching as well as discussions, demonstrations and project work.

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate is a valuable qualification which is often studied alongside your Level 3 full-time course.

The qualification is graded A*-E, carrying the equivalent UCAS points at Level 3, and equips you with transferable personal and business skills. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

As part of the qualification, you will learn about Global Citizenship, Enterprise and Employability and take part in community engagement and work experience.

Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


The course is assessed as follows:

  • You will be assessed during the course, with separate tasks for each unit

  • Your tutor will provide you with help and sufficient preparation

  • A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, practical tasks, problem sets and presentations

  • There will be at least one time-constrained unseen exercise for every academic subject module

The programme of learning will include subjects such as Information Technology and a Level 4 'Looking Forward to Higher Education' module.


The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Policing) will prepare learners to be self-directed and independent through a programme of learning that supports the acquisition of skills, knowledge and behaviours appropriate to their intended progression route. Learners will be introduced to a range of subject areas related to the academic and practical requirements of undergraduate study in Policing.

The key aims of the AHE Diploma (Policing) are:

  • To create opportunities for progression to higher education for adults, who, due to various circumstances, do not have the required entry qualifications

  • To facilitate the development of the skills and behaviours needed tosuccessfully manage the demands of undergraduate study in Policing or a related area

  • To provide a stimulating programme of learning through which learners can gain knowledge reflective of the core areas and disciplines associated with undergraduate study in policing.

  • To enable learners to continuously review their progress, identify areas for improvement, overcome barriers to learning and enhance their self-confidence within a positive and supportive learning environment.(Agored website)

Potential progression regionally includes the Bangor University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Degree of which the full first year and half of the second year are delivered at Grwp Llandrillo Menai's Rhos campus and the Glyndwr University BA (Hons) Professional Policing Degree course. Potential progression will also include Degree study in areas related to Policing. Students are also supported to identify and apply for appropriate progression opportunities as part of the course.

Other details

Course type: Full-Time (Further Education)

Level: 3