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Criminology Level 3 National Diploma at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

This is an exciting new course which will allow you to gain a wealth of knowledge linked to criminal justice and is a qualification that combines elements of psychology, law and sociology. A stimulating grounding in the study of criminology can be achieved. You will have the opportunity to acquire both practical and academic skills through applied learning, and the focus of some assignments provide opportunities to learn from practitioners in the criminal justice sector. The flexibility of the course will enable you to specialise in your individual area of interest. An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.

Course content

Units include the Changing Awareness of Crime, Criminological Theories, Crime Scene to Courtroom, and Crime and Punishment; these are assessed by a mix of internal coursework and final exam.

You will also consider how the use and application of your learning impacts on you, other individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will allow you to learn in such a way that you develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment
  • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts

Entry requirements

Vocational Programmes:
Minimum of 5 C grades (or new grade 4) at GCSE or Distinction/ Merit in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade C (or new grade 4) at GCSE.

You must also study English/ Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 or old C grade in these subjects.

Mixed Programme: 
If you wish to mix A levels with vocational courses, you must meet entry requirements for the bigger part of your programme: 

  • 2 A levels plus a single award vocational course - A level programme requirements
  • Double award vocational plus 1 A level - vocational programme entry requirements, plus any subject specific requirements for the chosen A level.

You must also study English/ Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 or old C grade in these subjects.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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