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Roadworks are set to be carried out at Harrington which will affect traffic to Lakes College starting from Monday, January 30th.

The roadworks will last up to six weeks and students are advised to allow plenty of time to travel to college, especially on GCSE mock exam dates – Tuesday, January 31st and Thursday, February 2nd.

Stagecoach has recommended people catching a bus into college should get on an earlier bus, particularly at the start of the first week as disruptions are at their highest during the beginning of roadworks.

All bus passes including those issued by Cumbria County Council will be accepted if different routes need to be used.

Access to Higher Education - Policing and Criminal Justice

Course information

  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Duration: Access to Higher Education - Policing and Criminal Justice
  • Student type: Adults
  • Course code: A0543/101

Course Description

  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Duration: Access to Higher Education - Policing and Criminal Justice
  • Student type: Adults
  • Course code: A0543/101

This programme is designed for adults interested in undertaking a career within the Police, Prison Service, Youth Justice, Law and Criminology and other social and psychology fields.

This intensive one year course will equip you with the study skills and knowledge you need in order to progress onto university level learning. With family friendly hours, small class sizes and excellent one to one support, the Access to Higher Education Diploma is ideal for those who want to further themselves and their career. As there is no upper-age limit, this course attracts a diverse range of students who find the course challenging, intellectually stimulating and rewarding.

The different pathways of study are police and criminal justice; criminology; and sociology.

Units studied include police powers, stop, search and arrest; victim and witness support; the prison system and introduction to criminology. By studying this course, you will achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in either English or Maths (equivalent qualifications may also be accepted e.g. Functional Skills Level).


Free to all 16-18 and 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full Level 3 qualification e.g. 4 or more AS Levels or 2 A Levels. Advanced Learning Loans are available for further education courses at Level 3, 4 & 5. They operate like higher education loans with deferred payments until you earn over approximately £25,000 per year - information available at
You have the option of taking out a loan or setting up a payment plan with the college that best suits your needs. Actual Cost is: £3384.00. All costs are subject to slight changes.

What next?

Once the course is completed, you could study a university course such as law, criminology, social work or policing.

Apply for this course

If you would like to apply online for this course, please click below and you’ll be taken to our application portal. If you need any guidance about your choices before applying, email or call 01946 839300.