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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.

The Diploma in Criminology is a two year course and 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 psychology.

As part of your study programme all students will attend weekly tutorials which are designed to assist with study skills, confidence building and applying for university. You will also be required to arrange and complete work experience in both year one and two.

You will be assessed through assignments, essays, reports, assessed practical work and two external exams.

Work Experience 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.

Key Areas

All students will study four units: Changing Awareness of Crime Criminological Theories Crime Scene to Courtroom Crime and Punishment

Entry Criteria

You'll need six GCSEs grade C (new grade 5) or above including maths and English Language or a BTEC in a relevant subject with distinction grades and GCSE maths and English grade 5 or above. You will also be required to have an interview prior to enrolment.

Please note, you will need to pass year one successfully with merit and distinction grades in order to progress to the second year.

This course is particularly useful for students who already have GCSEs in History, Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship or other Humanities subjects but these are not mandatory.

What Next

Students who achieve this qualification may use it as part of the requirement to progress to university. The course is particularly suitable for degrees, including: Youth Work, Criminology, Law, Humanities, Human Rights, Social Policy, Probation, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology. This course is also suitable for students who wish to progress to HNC/HNDs or Foundation degrees in Criminal Justice and other Humanities subjects.

Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day


    Bournville College Birmingham


    Bordesley Green Campus, Bournville Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day


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    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September | 2018/19 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2018/19 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
    19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2018/19 £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    24+ September | 2018/19 £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
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