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Not all types of crime are alike. What types of crimes take place in our society? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? Why do people commit crimes? What happens to those who commit a crime? Why and how do we punish people? All these questions will be explored in this exciting course by understanding the reasons why people commit crimes and what happens within the legal system to control and reduce criminal behaviour.

Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is an applied qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities. This course is equivalent to one A-Level and carries the same number of UCAS points. You will study a number of exciting topics, including:

· The different types of crimes that are committed in society and the reasons and influences as to why such crimes are committed


· Understanding why crimes can often go unreported, and the impact this has on the individual and society


· Explore a variety of investigation techniques and assess their usefulness in prosecuting offenders


· The legal system and how crimes are prosecuted, how individuals are sentenced and rehabilitated.


· Understanding the public perceptions of crime and campaigns for change


· Understand how laws are made and the influences on policy making



The teachers will devise a range of activities to facilitate learning and this is based on students working independently inside and outside of the classroom.

Visits will take place to a variety of organisations that are relevant to this course, as the opportunities arises. This may include the Magistrates and Crown Courts and the Houses of Parliament. We also hope to receive guest speakers within lessons, to include the Police, Probation Service and a variety of Legal Personnel.

Progression To University

The Level 3 Diploma in Criminology can be used to access higher education degree courses, such as BA/BSc Criminology, as well as many other degree courses. Alternatively, the qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.



There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but we recommend that students who wish to study this course have at least a Grade 5 in English; students will be required to work independently and produce a considerable amount of coursework so a good understanding of English is essential.


In Year 12 Criminology, unit 1 (changing awareness of crime) is taught by Mrs Morrall, and unit 2 (criminological theories) is taught by Mrs Ravat
In Year 13 Mrs Morrall teaches both units 3 (crime scene to court room) and unit 4 (crime and punishment). 
General queries relating to the course should be directed to Mrs Morrall, as she is the teacher in charge of the subject. 

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