Criminology Diploma (A Level equivalent)
This full time course is designed for 16-18 year olds who want to access further study in the area of criminal justice. If you are a mature learner and are interested in this subject, you may want to consider our Access to Social Science with Criminology course.
This two-year Diploma in Criminology will give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of concepts linked to the criminal justice system. It is designed to be studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels or BTEC Level 3. It is perfect if you want to pursue a career in the field of social and probation work, sociology, law and/or psychology.
You will be assessed through assignments, essays, reports, assessed practical work and two external exams.
All students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.
In unit one you will study different types of crime including e-crime, influences on the perceptions of crime and why some crimes go unreported.
In unit two you will gain an understanding of crime and deviance and in particular biological and sociological explanations of criminality.
In unit three you will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. You will consider the evidence to help identify criminals using DNA, forensic information, offender profiling and eye witness testimonies. You will also investigate the criminal trial processes and the strict rules governing these.
In unit four you will investigate organisations of social control and their effectiveness in preventing and protecting us from criminality.
What areas will I study?
All students will study four units:
- Changing awareness of crime
- Criminological theories
- Crime scene to courtroom
- Crime and punishment