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Criminology Applied Certificate & Diploma Level 3

Programme Description



If you have an interest in criminal behaviour, including the reasons behind people committing crime, crime reported in the media and the range of people involved in criminal investigations, you will enjoy studying Criminology.

This course includes exciting and thought-provoking debates on a range of criminological topics and theories. For example, you will discover and discuss the factors contributing to criminal behaviour, such as genetics, background, and environment. This course is equivalent to one A Level after the two years, and is designed to be studied alongside other A Level subjects.


Programme Features



Studying Criminology will equip you with a range of skills essential for progression to university and/or employment. By studying a range of criminological topics, you will develop knowledge of criminal campaigns for change, theories of crime, processes involved in criminal investigations, and the effectiveness of punishments such as prison.

You will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills by taking part in a range of debate and discussion tasks. You will also design your own campaign for change relating to crime, a chance to develop digital literacy and creativity skills. This course is engaging, exciting, and suitable for anyone with an interest in criminal behaviour.


Progression & Employment



This qualification will provide you with an ideal foundation for the study of Criminology and/or a related subject at university. It can also provide you with a range of employment opportunities following this, for example a career as a Criminologist, a range of job roles within the police force, a forensic scientist career, and many more!

Most Criminology students go on to study Criminology at university, with some students choosing to combine Criminology with another related subject, for example Law, Psychology or Sociology.


Programme Content



Unit 1 - Changing Awareness of Crime

Unit 2 - Criminological Theories

Unit 3 - Crime Scene to Court Room

Unit 4 - Crime and Punishment


Programme Assessment



Unit 1 - Changing Awareness of Crime - Internal controlled assessment (50% of certificate or 25% of diploma)

Unit 2 - Criminological Theories - External exam - 1 hr 30 (50% of certificate or 25% of diploma)

Unit 3 - Crime Scene to Court Room - Internal controlled assessment (25% of diploma)

Unit 4 - Crime and Punishment - External exam - 1 hr 30 (25% of diploma)


Programme Entry Requirements



Students who are 16-19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSE's at grades A* - C. It does not matter if you have not studied Criminology or a related subject before - everybody starts with the basics.

Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the curriculum area.


Additional Costs



All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

There may be additional costs for educational visits.