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Law & Criminology Access to Higher Education

During the course you will learn about the English Legal system and the hierarchy of the courts in England and Wales. You will undertake a research project in an area of law and criminology of your choosing, this provides the opportunity to expand your academic skills on conducting ethical research ready for university. In the criminal law unit, you will learn the key rules and cases governing the law of murder, manslaughter, theft, and the relevant defences that apply to these charges. We will investigate criminological, biological, and sociological theories as to why people commit crimes using studies such as Bandura’s Bobo doll experiment.

List of units studied;
– Study Skills – Academic Writing Skills
– Study Skills – Developing Skills for Studying
– Study Skills – ICT Presentation Software
– Introduction to Law
– Introduction to Criminology
– Human Rights
– Theories and Perspectives in Criminology
– The Law of Tort
– Criminal Law
– Research Project (Law)
– Research Project (Criminology)
– The English Legal System
– Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Business & Professional
Course Type
Access to HE
Course Length
31 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above (or an equivalent qualification). You will need to demonstrate your commitment to the course at interview. You should have had a period of time away from studying and have an interest in pursuing a career in the legal professions.

Delivery and Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of assessment is by written coursework during the course and there are two final examinations at the end of the course.


Successful completion of the Access to law and Criminology qualification will allow you to apply for a wide range of university level courses, including law, legal studies and criminology.

Career Opportunities

  • Barristers
  • Solicitors
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • Legal Executives