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Criminology (Level 3 Diploma) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

The Diploma is designed to appeal to those who are interested in a career in the Criminal Justice system such as Policing, Law, Social and probation work. It is also suitable to those who are interested in either Sociology or Psychology- an interest in current issues is a must. The course is aimed at anyone who is interested in discussions, asking questions and understanding the criminal justice system.

The Level 3 Diploma in Criminology offers students the opportunity to understand the crime and deviance in society.

This qualification is equivalent to one A Level .

Course content

Taught Modules:

Year 12 - Changing Awareness of Crime (internal Assessment) Criminological Theories (External Assessment)

Year 13 -  Crime Scene to courtroom (Internal Assessment) Crime and Punishment (External Assessment)

The topics the course covers include:-

Types and consequences of underreported crime. These include domestic violence, hate crime and e-crime.

Theoretical explanations for criminal behaviour including Psychological, Biological and Sociological perspectives

The role the media plays in our perception of crime

The effectiveness of crime prevention strategies and campaigns

Entry requirements

5 A*-C/9-5 Grades at GCSE or equivalent including a grade 5 in English and a grade C in either History, Geography or Philosophy & Belief


One assignment per year (50% of final grade) and one external examination (50% of final grade).

Future opportunities

You may go to University to read Law, Criminology, Social Work or other related subjects requiring a high level of evidenced based judgement. You may wish to pursue a career in the Criminal Justice System as either a Police Officer, Legal Executive, Social Worker or Probation Officer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2017

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