Criminology Level 3 Applied

Course Overview

Criminology studies potential explanations of criminality. Within the course, we explore how individuals, the criminal justice system of England and Wales, society and public agencies respond to crime. Whilst studying criminology, you will compare critical approaches of the criminal justice system and evaluate the effectiveness of crime control in England and Wales, through the use of theory and application of offences and punishments.

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

You will study various high-profile case studies and real-world examples of crime which demonstrate the processes involved in investigating the crime scene through to the trial in a courtroom. You will analyse the impact of crime reporting in the media, and how this impacts the public perception of crime, whilst exploring the social construction of criminality and the theories behind it.

You will also consider how ‘the media’ portrays crime can have a significant impact on how crime levels are perceived and understood by society. 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. The skills learnt will enable you to take this qualification into either employment, apprenticeships or onto Higher Education.

Year 1 Modules

  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Criminological Theories

Year 2 Modules

  • Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • Crime and Punishment

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Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

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


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


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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 of offenders. In addition, this course is perfect for those seeking a career working with victims and/or offenders of crime. In criminology, students spend time critically analysing real life case studies of crime. 

During the course, students get to experience guest speakers from personnel in the criminal justice system. We also have ex-offenders visit and discuss the chain of events leading up to their imprisonment for very serious offences. We have visits from witnesses and victim support who offer an insight into the role and to apply.

We run university trips such as Lincoln and other options for visits are organised for those interested in Higher Education after Long Road. We also have the opportunity to visit the crown court and watch part of a trial to reinforce learning of Criminal Justice Processes.

Skills you'll gain

Studying this course you will gain research, critical analysis, independent learning, and development skills. In addition to transferable skills, e.g. 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.