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Criminology Level 3 at Eastleigh College

Course description

By studying Level 3 Criminology, you will gain the required knowledge to be able to consider employment within a range of aspects of the criminal justice sector e.g. Probation Service, or use the qualification to support access to higher/further education courses e.g. Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law. Jobs directly related to criminology students include Community Development Worker, Immigration Officer, Police Officer, Prison Officer, Probation Officer, Social Worker and Youth worker.

Personnel who are currently working in the criminal justice system will visit during the course of the year (subject to availability) to give an insight into their work. Previous presentations have been from the Prison Service, Customs and Immigration and Hampshire Constabulary.

Criminology students are normally given the opportunity to complete an EFAW First Aid course.

Work experience placements may require students to plan and organise their own travel. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

Course content

WJEC Level 3 Qualifications in Criminology (QCF).

You will study:

  1. Changing Awareness of Crime: The purpose of this unit is for learners to plan campaigns for change relating to crime.
  2. Criminological Theories: The purpose of this unit is for learners to apply their understanding of the public perceptions of crime and campaigns for change studied in Unit 1 with criminological theories to examine how both are used to set policy.
  3. Crime Scene to Courtroom: Through this unit, learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
  4. Crime and Punishment: The purpose of this unit is for learners to develop skills in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the process of social control in delivering policy in practice.

The following units will be externally assessed:

  • Unit 2: Criminological Theories
  • Unit 4: Crime and Punishment
  • Details of the external assessment are as follows: 90-minute examination

The following units are internally assessed:

  • Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom

All students without a GCSE at grade A*-C grade in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

Entry requirements

  • You should a have minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C including English, Maths and preferably at least one from Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History or a Humanities subject.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as First Diplomas at Merit/Distinction grade may be considered if supported by GCSE English and Maths.
  • You will also need to have a genuine interest in criminology and have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college, and complete a successful college interview.


Units are assessed through summative controlled assessment.

Financial information

Each academic year there will be a fee of 100 to cover the costs of the uniform, stationery and lockers (as described below) and to contribute towards the trips and activities undertaken over the year. Laboratory clothing (if required) will be allocated when this payment has been received.

We will provide:
-Stationery - Files, notepads, dividers, plastic wallets
-Locker - Key for student locker (to be returned at end of year)
-Scientific calculator
-Consumables for practical investigations

Future opportunities

Criminologists work in a range of social welfare posts, such as mental health support and drug rehabilitation, housing (as Housing Officers or in outreach support roles), Homelessness Officers, and in refugee and victim support/counselling.

Major employers include central and local Government, the police and prison services, the court services, security services, and other non-profit-making organisations, including the NHS, educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime. Opportunities also exist in the private sector, for example in private security and in law practices.

A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level and the WJEC Level 3 Qualifications in Criminology (QCF) provides a route, when supported by other Level 3 qualifications, into a variety of specialist Higher Education courses. It is expected to be accredited UCAS points for 2016, however, already a vast range of universities have submitted letters of support which confirm they agreed to accept this qualification as a part of ''a learner's portfolio'' for entry onto Criminology or related degree courses.

Further information

Activities may include visits to Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Winchester Universities and Hampshire Constabulary.

The timetable allows plenty of time to complete your assessments and approximately seven hours per week will need to be put aside for independent study to complete assessments.

The College Learning Centre will be available during non-timetabled days so you can study at home or at college. Learners must be available to come into college during the week if it is required for a specific activity or if requested by a member of staff to complete work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastleigh College directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2016

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