Criminology Level 3 Applied

Course Overview

Criminology studies potential explanations of criminality. Explore how individuals, the Criminal Justice System, society and public agencies respond to crime. Compare critical approaches of the Criminal Justice System and evaluate the effectiveness of crime control in England and Wales.

This course is available to study as an Extended Certificate (60-credit course, equivalent to 1 A Level) 

You will study various high profile cases and real-world examples of crime which demonstrate the processes involved in investigating; from crime scene to courtroom. You will explore the social construction of criminality and the theories behind it. You will analyse how media portrayal and reporting of crime can have a significant impact on public perception and understanding of crime.Through reviewing particular campaigns, you will also understand how changes in law and government policy can occur. Using this knowledge, you will then plan your own campaign for change relating to a particular crime. 

We review the whole process of criminal investigations. This includes investigating and prosecuting suspects, interviewing victims and witnesses and learning how to review criminal cases. You will examine the investigative policies and procedures followed whilst building a criminal case against a suspect, including recognising the rights of suspects, the collection and processing of evidence; as well as the use of witnesses in trials. You will also explore the impact of miscarriages of justice in high profile cases; where you can also make your own judgements as to the accuracy of the outcome of those trials. 

You will have the opportunity to take part in a mock crime scene, meet members of the Police force, go on trips to the Crown Court, attend university taster days and meet relevant organisations that are tasked with fighting crime. The skills learned will enable you to take this qualification into either employment, apprenticeships or on to Higher Education.

Year 1 Modules

  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Criminological Theories

Year 2 Modules

  • Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • Crime and Punishment

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE Maths or GCSE Science
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


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

Exam Results 2022: 40% A* - B


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Why choose this course? 

You will enjoy studying Criminology if you have a keen interest in why people commit crime, the Criminal Justice System and punishment for offenders. You will spend time critically analysing real-life case studies of crime; with the opportunity to visit the crown court and watch part of a trial to reinforce learning of Criminal Justice Processes.

We reconstruct a murder crime scene by utilising the wooded area of the college to re-enact a crime scene, as used by Police and Crime Scene Investigators. We also have ex-offenders visit and discuss the chain of events leading up to their imprisonment for very serious offences. We spend all day talking with them and learning about the consequences of crime.

This course is perfect for those seeking a career working with victims and/or offenders of crime. We run University trips such as Lincoln and other options for visits are organised for those interested in Higher Education after Long Road.

Skills you'll gain

Studying this course you will gain research, critical analysis, independent learning, and development skills. In addition to transferable skills for example critical evaluation in comparing and contrasting perspectives.

Studying Criminology will also enable you to learn in a vocational context.

After Long Road

Successful completion of this course enables access to Higher Education degree courses such as:

  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Politics, well as many other courses, and is accepted across the spectrum of Universities. It also enables access to apprenticeships and employment.

I enjoyed criminology at Long Road because it was filled with so many interesting topics. The course also helped me in my job as an Operational Support Grade for HM Prison service.