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Criminology Level 3 Diploma at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

Criminology is the scientific study of crime. Criminology draws on ideas from Sociology, Psychology and Biology to explain criminal behaviour. As a criminologist you would also need to develop an understanding of criminal law, procedures used in criminal investigations and different policies developed by the government and law enforcement agencies to fight crime.

You will also learn to develop useful skills which can be used not only in Criminology but in other areas of study and in the workplace. These include presnting complex ideas, analysing and interpreting evdeince to back up your arguments and evaluating evidence to reach conclusions. You will look at real life situations and the work of professionals who work in the criminal justice system.

Course content

The course covers a wide range of issues and the kinds of issues might include:

  • are criminals born that way or they the result of their upbringing or environment?
  • should we focus on punishing criminals or preventing them from offending again?
  • what is the reality of crime and how does it differ from that presented in the media?
  • how do the police an other professionals investigate and collect evidence about crimes?

Units include:

  • Introduction to Criminological theories
  • Realities and perceptions of crime
  • Social control: Policy
  • Crime scene to court room
  • Changing awareness of crime

Entry requirements

You need 5 grade A*-C, prefarably including English Language. Idealy you should have an interest in issues relating to crime and criminal justice and be prepared to engage with debates about crime in society today.


There are 2 coursework units and 2 examination units. In each year you will do 1 coursework and 1 exam unit.

Future opportunities

You could then go on to study in Higher Education. Criminology is offered as a degree course in ots own right or you could study it in combination with other subjects. Criminology is also an ideal qualifcation for those that wnat to train as police officers, forensic specialists, probabtion officers or other careers working with offenders or the criminal justice system.

Further information

Criminology combines well with Sociology, Psychology, Applied Science and Biology as there are elements of all of these in the Criminology course.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2015
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