Access To Law & Criminology

The Access to Law & Criminology course is full-time (18 hrs) studied over one year.  You will study 3 mandatory modules, Psychology, Criminology and Law (the option to study Sociology in place of one of the mandatory units dependent upon demand) and a range of developmental and independent studies to help prepare you for University undergraduate courses and future employment within a range of professions including: Science degrees, Criminology, Psychology, Law, Police, Prison Warden, probation, youth support work, etc.   You will be required to attend College for two full days (12 hrs), with an independent study day (6 hrs) were you are required to complete work provided to you, off campus.  This allows students with work/child care commitment’s to work offsite (please note this is a compulsory part of the course and work will be marked as part of the assessment process).
Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
There are no unseen examinations, all work completed on Access is assessed through use of course work set throughout the year. You will be assessed using a wide range of assignments aimed to stretch and challenge you to achieve at high grades and reach your potential.  All assessments are assignment based, and include Essays, Reports, presentations, time seen examinations, role plays, team building work, posters, self-reflection reviews, etc., which are graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction.  Mandatory developmental units are delivered at the onset of the course to help prepare you for all assignment work.
The Access to Law & criminology course is studied full-time (18 hrs). You study 3 mandatory modules, including: Law, Criminology and Psychology plus a range of developmental and independent studies designed to help you prepare you for University undergraduate courses and future employment within a range of professions including: Science degrees, Criminology, Psychology, Law, Social Work, & Counselling Studies.  Upon completion you will receive the Access to HE Diploma which equates to 3 A Level equivalents, which alongside the correct number GCSE’s as specified by the University of Choice,   fulfils the correct requirements for entry to Higher Education degrees.
Access to Law & Criminology is designed to allow students to achieve a qualification that provides direct access to University. It is suitable for 19+students who hold the relevant entry criteria (GCSE’s) but do not hold a level 3 qualification (A Level or A Level equivalent).   Access to Law & criminology here at Oldham is tailored to meet the needs of our students and complies with UK entry criteria for a wide range of degrees offered at Universities across the UK. 
Early Years BA; Health & Community Studies BSc; Psychological Studies BSc (hons)
As part of the Access programme you are strongly advised to undertake voluntary work, work experience or employment based where possibly around your degree/employment area of interest.  However, any employability skills will further support and enhance your UCAS application for University. Staff at Oldham College are available to discuss this further with you and can offer advice as to which agencies are best suited to your particular needs. Outside organisations visit the College throughout the year to speak to students about employment and voluntary positions available within their establishments, and provide advice on how to apply.  A time table of scheduled visits will be provided upon induction


 Psychologist, Criminologist, Probation Work, Police, Prison Officers, Remand Fostering, Witness Support Services, etc.  Earnings are dependent upon career progression but range from £20, 500 starting salary for police, £21, 350 for probation work, £21,505 prison officer, £21,000 - £29,000 youth support officers; £25,000 - £40,000 starting salary for solicitor National Careers Advice

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development