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Criminology Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certificate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Criminology is the study of the reasons why individuals commit crimes. By understanding why a person commits a crime, we can develop ways to control crime or rehabilitate the criminal. There are many theories in criminology. Some attribute crime to the individual, who makes a conscious choice whether or not to commit a crime. Others believe it is the community‚Äôs responsibility to ensure that their citizens do not commit crime. A third group believes that some individuals have latent traits that will determine how they will react when put in certain situations. This course will enable you to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and make recommendations for policy. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.

This is an Extended Certificate, equivalent to one A level.

Visits and visitors

We will be arranging visits to relevant workplaces e.g. stop and search discussion groups to consider procedures, as well as arranging talks by visiting professionals such as police officers, prison workers and crime reduction officers. You will also get the unique opportunity to interview ex-offenders to hear about their experiences from behind bars and to link the course content to their reflections. Practical activities like solving crimes through exploring available evidence will be a part of the delivery of the course.

Course content

You will develop an understanding of the theoretical explanations of why people commit crimes. You will learn about the sociological, psychological and biological theories of crime and be able to use these explanations to analyse criminal situations. You will also gain an understanding of the criminal justice system. The way society defines crime and deviance is also explored during the course in conjunction with ways of finding out about crimes, including crimes that tend to be under-reported. In addition, you will also examine the reporting of crime in the media to see the impact this has on public perceptions of crime.

Year 1

1. Changing Awareness of Crime

You will understand how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality. You will then go on to realise how campaigns are used to elicit change and then plan a campaign for change relating to crime.

2. Criminological Theories

You will understand social constructions, theories and causes of criminality. This will then lead to a knowledge of the causes of policy change.

Year 2

3. Crime Scene to Courtroom

You will gain an understanding of the process of criminal investigations. You will then go onto the prosecution of suspects and be able to review criminal cases.

4. Crime and Punishment

You will learn about the different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in England & Wales.

Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including GCSE English. 


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments (units 1 and 3) and externally-set and marked assessments (units 2 and 4).

Future opportunities

Criminology is directly relevant to careers in the probation, police or prison services, social work, the legal profession, community development work and youth work. You may go on to study Criminology at degree level or move into a related field of social work, sociology, psychology or law.

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.


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: 27 September 2018
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