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Criminology Level 3 Certificates at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

Criminology aims to answer a number of key questions in society such as: How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone become a serial killer, or abusive to their own families?

Knowing about different criminological theories will give you a sharper insight into the kind of thinking used by experts and politicians to explain crime and criminality. The course provides an understanding of crime and deviance but also gives an insight into the range of related careers.

Criminology Level 3 is equivalent to an AS/A-level.

Course content

Year 1: CertiĀ­ficate

Changing awareness of crime

Not all types of crime are alike. What different types of crime take place in our society? What kinds of crime exist about which we know very little, or which are simply not reported to the police and the media? How do we explain people's reluctance to come forward about crimes of which they have been the victim? At the end of this unit, you will have gained skills to differentiate between myth and reality when it comes to crime and to recognise that common representations may be misleading and inaccurate. You will have gained the skills to understand the importance of changing public perceptions of crime. You will be able to use and assess a variety of methods used by agencies to raise awareness of crime so that it can be tackled effectively. You will have gained the skills to plan a campaign for change in relation to crime; for example to raise awareness, change attitudes or change reporting behaviour.

Criminological theories

How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone a serial killer, or abusive to their own families? Criminologists have produced theoretical explanations of why people commit crime, but which is the most useful? Are these theories relevant to all types of crime? At the end of this unit you will have gained the skills to evaluate some criminological theories and know there are debates within the different theories. You will understand how changes in criminological theory have influenced policy. You will also have gained the skills to apply the theories to a specific crime or criminal in order to understand both the behaviour and the theory.

Year 2: Diploma

You will take two units:

  • Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • Crime and Punishment

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE English Language. An average GCSE score of 5.00 or higher.


Awarding Body - WJEC

1 controlled assessment and 1 exam per year.

Further information

The course does not currently have a UCAS tariff but is accepted by a number of universities, including UEA, Essex, Anglia Ruskin, Lincoln and Durham, for Criminology or related degrees.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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