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Criminology Level 3 Diploma at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Criminology?
How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone a serial killer? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? Who gathers information about crime? What investigative techniques are available to investigators? How
should we treat offenders? Studying Criminology will help you to begin to answer these and many other questions.

This course is equivalent to an A Level and encompasses many fields, including sociology, psychology, law and economics. You learn about why crimes occur, why people commit them and the brain patterns and behavior of “criminal minds.” In addition, you will learn about the different parts of the criminal justice system: courts and prison, and how the police, parole, and probation system works. You will also learn about different ways to deal with crime and criminals besides imprisonment, including rehabilitation, education and crime prevention. There are no examinations and all assessment is through controlled assessment.

What will I study?
Introduction to Criminological Theories, followed by three of the following:

  • Realities and Perceptions of Crime
  • Social Control: Policy and Practice
  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom

What can I study it with?
The subject combines well with many others, especially Psychology, Law, Sociology, Health & Social Care and Forensic Science.

Career opportunities
Many leading universities (eg University of Durham) accept this qualification alongside A Levels and BTEC Nationals for entry. This subject will also prepare you for a wide range of careers within the criminal justice sector such as police officer, prison officer, prison governor and probation officer, as well as social worker and youth worker.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September