Criminology - Level 3 Certificate - Year 1

An understanding of Criminology is relevant to many job roles within the Criminal Justice sector, Social & Probation work, Sociology and Psychology. This Criminology qualification includes elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology that complement studies in humanities.

The 4 mandatory units in the 2 year diploma are as follows:

  • Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime
  • This unit covers under-reported crimes and the many reasons why people do not report crime. You will also look at media representations of crime and the impact on public perception and how campaigns have changed the law
  • The learning in this unit concludes with you planning and justifying a campaign for change to raise awareness of an under-reported crime
  • Unit 2 – Criminological Theories
  • This unit will apply your understanding of Unit 1, using criminological theories to examine how policy is set
  • The learning in this unit concludes with a 1hour 30 minute external exam
  • Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • In this unit you will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information and review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. You will follow a crime from the initial crime scene to the investigation by the police and other personnel involved in criminal investigations. Finally, miscarriages of justice will be considered by exploring real life situations
  • The learning in this unit is assessed by a controlled assessment
  • Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment
  • In this unit you will develop skills to evaluate the effectiveness of social control in delivering policy in practice. There is a focus on agencies in the criminal justice system such as the police, Crown Prosecution Service, probation and prisons. There will also be the opportunity to consider pressure groups and charities and the role they play in achieving social control
  • This unit is assessed by an external exam, where there will be synoptic links with units 1, 2 and 3

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by 50% controlled assessment and 50% external exam. You will study two units each year, sitting a controlled assessment in December/January and an external exam in May/June.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 and above, including English Language or Literature.

Where can it take me?

  • College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level qualifications, including HND Policing.
  • University - related degrees including Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Criminal Justice or Policing
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Law, Policing, Probation Service, Crown Prosecution Service, Teaching, Counselling, Mental Health Nursing and Social Work.

Additional information

There may be opportunities for trips to Parliament and the Crown Court in the second year of study.

This course should be combined with A Levels.

Good combinations could include Law & English.

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