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Course overview

Criminology is the scientific study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice system and social and probation work. It also has relevance for those students seeking to progress into higher education in subjects such as sociology and psychology. Students targeting specific destination universities should check their admission policies before taking this subject.

What will I study?

The level 3 criminology course is divided into four units. In unit one, you will explore different types of crime and how crime reporting affects the public perception of crime and criminals. Going on to study how campaigns are used to bring about change and to plan a campaign of your own.

In unit two, you will discover and assess all the theories that have been put forward to explain why crime occurs.

In unit three, you will gain an understanding of the process of criminal investigations. Going on to learn about the prosecution of suspects and reviewing criminal cases.

In unit four, you will study every aspect of the criminal justice system and the types and purposes of punishment in England and Wales. The qualification is achieved through two controlled assessments (units 1 & 3) and two external exams (units 2 & 4).

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Trips to Crown Court and barristers’ chambers
  • Guest speakers from industry professionals

What can it lead to?

Students studying criminology tend to progress on to a variety of different courses at university. There are many careers that a criminology qualification would be useful for, from social work to entering the police or working within the law.

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