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Applied Criminology at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

The purpose of the Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology is to provide learners with an introduction to criminal justice and to give a context for humanities learning. Together with other relevant qualifications, such as Psychology and Sociology, it develops the understanding to support entry to higher education courses in the humanities sector. Students that are interested in joining the Public Services, want to study law or who are just curious about aspects of criminology usually select this qualification and thrive in similar centres. This course also allows learners to balance assessments styles with a mixture of examinations and controlled assignments.


Course content

Course description:

Criminology is a challenging 2 year course that requires students to:

  • Study the Changing Awareness of Crime

  • Analyze Criminological Theories

  • Understand the process of Crime Scene to Courtroom

  • Evaluate theories of Crime and Punishment

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE qualifications at grades 4-9


How will I be assessed?


  • There are four assessed units.

  • Two are assessed internally via controlled assignments

  • Two are externally assessed exams each being 90 minutes long.

  • All four assessments are worth 25% of the final grade

Future opportunities

Where will this lead me/progression?


Students use this Criminology qualification to access the following university courses:

  • Criminology

  • Criminology with Law

  • Psychology and Sociology degrees


In addition, they use this qualification to access the following careers routes:

  • Working for the National Probation Service

  • Becoming a Police Officer or Prison Guard

  • Roles within the wider Criminal Justice System

  • Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

Further information

What support will I receive?

The Criminology course will be a new course from September 2018 but it will build on the experience that we have of delivering Psychology, Sociology, Religious Studies and Forensic Science due to similar course components. All teaching resources will be freely available, hosted online and the controlled assignment platform will be accessible beyond the classroom. In addition to your guided learning time, you will also receive regular intervention sessions along with opportunities to access enrichment elements of the course such as visiting a courtroom.

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: 30 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 24