Criminology Diploma Level 3

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Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

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What is Level 3 Diploma in Criminology?

Criminology is the study of why individuals commit crimes. You will gain an understanding of why a person commits a crime, and of strategies we can develop to control crime or rehabilitate a criminal. You will find out how crime reporting in the media affects the public perception of criminality, and you will explore the social constructions, theories and causes of criminality and how these lead to changes in policy.

Why study this course?

Criminology is an up-and-coming popular subject which allows students to engage with contemporary issues within society.

What can you expect from this course?

You will examine the process of criminal investigations, studying the prosecution of suspects and learning how to review criminal cases; this supports your learning of the different processes in the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in England and Wales. You will also discover how campaigns are used to bring about change and then plan your own campaign for change relating to crime.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

What are the entry requirements?

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

What can I do after completing this qualification?

The qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service, the Police or the National Offender

What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)

Throughout your course, you will take part in real-life campaigns, learn about forensics and meet members of the police force to hear how they approach the task of fighting crime. You’ll be invited on trips to the court and you’ll meet visitors from prisons and local support groups.

You will understand how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality. You will realise how campaigns are used to elicit change and plan a campaign for change relating to crime. You will understand social constructions, theories and causes of criminality and knowledge of the causes of policy change.

Understand the process of criminal investigations, the prosecution of suspects, and how to review criminal cases. You will learn about the different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in the UK.

Additional activities within this subject

In 2019 students took part in a stop and search discussion group to consider procedures. The college is visited by professionals such as police officers, prison workers, pathologists, forensics and crime reduction officers as well as victim support groups and council partnership managers.

You will also get the unique opportunity to interview ex-offenders to hear about their experiences from behind bars. Practical activities like solving crimes through exploring available evidence.

Wider Reading list

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, Tim Newburn’s Key Readings on Criminology, Criminology, and Handbook of Policing, any Criminology Justice Books, John Muncies’ Youth Crime and any quality newspaper.

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Student participation in psychological research, range of guest speakers from academic specialists and professionals, visits to a range of universities within the North West to gain an insight into studying criminology at degree level, or pursuing a professional career in law enforcement

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