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Criminology Level 3 Diploma

Business, Administration and Law

Business, Administration and Law
Business, Administration and Law

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Diploma in Criminology
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Criminology course is an excellent choice for students with an interest in criminal behaviour and the impact of criminality. 

The course investigates the theories behind criminality and why individuals engage in criminal activity. Students will be invited to explore the impact criminality has upon society. 

Complementary options studied alongside Criminology, although not exclusively are: Psychology, Sociology, Law, History and Government and Politics. 

The course can lead to a wide range of career opportunities and opens up a study path at  university in subjects such as Criminology, Criminal Psychology, Law and Sociology.


Year 1 Award in Criminology (Unit 1 and 2)

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

This involves students investigating the dark figure of crime and why some crimes go unreported. Exploring the reasons why victims do not report crime and how the media influences crime rates and perceptions of crime. We research the impact campaigns can have on crime rates.

Unit 2: Criminological Theories

Students will be asked to consider questions such as how and who decides what acts are criminal? What makes someone a killer? Students will develop an awareness of the theories of Criminology in order to sharpen an insight into the thinking used by experts, politicians and policy makers in combating crime and criminality.  

Year 2 Diploma in Criminology (Unit 3 and 4)

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom

Students will gain a clear insight into the roles of personnel involved at each stage of a criminal investigation and prosecution. Students will evaluate investigation techniques, rules governing Policing and Court processes and develop the ability to judge if a criminal verdict is safe and just.

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment

Students will be given the opportunity to investigate which social institutions have been developed to ensure people obey the laws? A great deal of taxpayers’ money is spent on social control, so how effective are these organisations in dealing with criminality?

How will it be delivered?

50% Internal Assessment, 50% Examination

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