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Criminology BTEC Level 3 Certificate at Portsmouth College

Course description

This course provides an opportunity to broaden your field of study in the social sciences, with a particular focus on crime. You will explore the causes of criminal behaviour, attitudes to crime, criminal investigations and the wider social and psychological aspects of crime.  Criminology could well be an appropriate subject option for students interested in other social sciences and in Law.

Course content

There are four main elements to the course:

  1. An introduction to theories of criminal behaviour
  2. Realities and perceptions of crime
  3. Social policy and practice
  4. The changing awareness of crime

Please note that this is very much a social science course, exploring behaviour and attitudes in the field of crime.  You will also be looking at criminal investigations and legal procedures but this is not a forensic science course.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grades A*-C, one of which would normally be English Language. If you wish to include a Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualification as part of this entry requirement you will need to have achieved a Merit grade or higher.


Each unit is examined through a controlled assessment, for which you are allowed access to your class notes.

Further information

Guest speakers will visit the college to discuss their specialist roles in the field of criminology.  We will also visit the law courts and the University of Portsmouth for a guided tour of their mock court room.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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