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September Level 3 Full-Time Hartlepool Sixth Form Access to Higher Education Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This course is for those aged 19+ who wish to study law, criminology and related humanities and social science subjects.

The essential aim of the course is to enable students to progress to Level 4 studies, either internally in the college or at a university of their choice.

As part of this course, students study Level 2 units in English and Study Skills to further support the development of relevant academic skills before progressing to Level 3 units and then on to Level 4.

While at Sunderland College, students will be supported with their university application for Level 4 studies.

You will need to have a full Level 2 qualification, e.g. four GCSEs at a grade 4/C or above, including GCSE English and Maths. If you do meet the criteria, please contact the course leader as there is the opportunity to study a Progression Award to Access for one year before beginning the Access to HE Law and Criminology Diploma course.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire There are no additional costs to the course. Student may find the demands of the course easier if they have either a laptop, PC or a tablet to complete assessments, as these are to be Word processed.

The Access to HE Law and Criminology Diploma involves a variety of teaching methods.

Students can expect to the units included to be delivered primarily through lessons taught by specialist lecturers, while progress will also be supported and enhanced by significant structured independent study. This preparation will then enable students to complete assessments.

To encourage and support all students in reaching their full potential, there are a variety of different assessment methods included (e.g. essay and report writing, academic posters and presentations).

Level 2 Maths and English must already be achieved before beginning the course and these subjects are then included within the diploma to support general progress in developing the relevant skills for Level 3 and subsequent Level 4 study.

If a prospective student does not have a Level 2 in English and/or Maths, they should contact the programme lead and we can discuss study options with you to help you achieve this.

This course is delivered at Washington Campus (although this could be subject to change).

Day sessions begin at 9:30am and finish at 2:30pm. The evening course begins at 5pm and ends at 9pm.

This is a part-time course that is delivered over eight hours per week. Students are to attend two days or two evenings per week.

What’s next?

Students who have successfully completed the Access to Law and Criminology Diploma have the opportunity to progress to Level 4 Higher Education studies in law, criminology and other related social science and humanities subjects.

Students will also have the opportunity to remain at Sunderland College for Level 4 study in related areas, as well as progressing to university.

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A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


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(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

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