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Criminology Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Courses

Criminology is the study of the reasons why individuals commit crimes. You will gain an understanding of why a person commits a crime, strategies we can develop to control crime and how criminals can be rehabilitated.

You will find out how crime reporting in the media affects the public perception of criminality and explore the social constructions, theories and causes of criminality; and how these lead to changes in policy. You will also discover how campaigns are used to bring about change and then plan your own campaign for change relating to crime.

You will understand the process of criminal investigations, investigating the prosecution of suspects and learning how to review criminal cases; this supports your learning of the different processes in the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in England and Wales.


This course is an Extended Certificate (60 credits) the equivalent to one A Level.

 

Course Content

Throughout your course you will take part in real-life campaigns, forensic investigations and meet members of the police force and other relevant organisations to hear how they approach the task of fighting crime.

You will develop skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review criminal cases.

Year 1

You will understand how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality. You will realise how campaigns are used to elicit change and plan a campaign for change relating to crime. You will understand social constructions, theories and causes of criminality and a knowledge of the causes of policy change.

Year 2

Understand the process of criminal investigations, the prosecution of suspects, and how to
review criminal cases. You will learn about different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in the UK.


Assessment

  • 50% Exam
  • 50% Coursework
  • Exam Board: WJEC

Special Features

You will get the unique opportunity to interview ex-offenders to hear about their experiences from behind bars. Practical activities include solving crimes by students collecting evidence in our ‘Body in the Woods’ crime scene.

We are also part of a stop and search discussion group to consider police procedures. The college is also regularly visited by professionals such as police officers, prison workers, pathologists, forensics and crime reduction officers as well as victim support groups and council partnership managers.

You’ll be invited on trips to the court, University Taster Days and meet visitors from prisons and local support groups. There will also be opportunities to work alongside individuals from the Criminal Justice System in local projects

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSES’s at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Criminology is directly relevant to careers in the probation, police or prison services, social work, the legal profession, community development work and youth work.

You may go on to study Criminology at degree level or move into specific apprenticeships or jobs in related fields of social work, police, sociology, psychology or law.

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