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Criminology Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Courses

Criminology is the study of why individuals commit crimes. By understanding why crimes are committed, we can develop ways to control crime or rehabilitate the criminal.  You will develop skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review criminal cases.

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

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

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 and design 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.


  • 50% exam
  • 50% coursework

Special Features

In 2019 students took part in a stop and search discussion group to consider procedures.

The college is 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 will also get the unique opportunity to interview ex-offenders to hear about their experiences from behind bars. Practical activities like solving crimes through exploring available evidence.


Entry Requirements

  • At least 5GCSEs at Grade 4.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
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