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Level 3

Qualification Diploma

Duration 2 years

What will I study?


Year 1

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime. This includes types of crime, reported and unreported crime, crime statistics and media portrayal of crime.

Unit 2 – Criminological Theories. This includes biological, sociological and individualistic theories about why people commit crime.

Year 2

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom. This includes forensics, the role of the police and the role of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment. This includes formal and informal control, the criminal justice system and types of punishment.

Study Visits

These will typically include visits to the Magistrates and Crown Courts in Sheffield, the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and possibly a prison. Forensics teams, the Police Service and the Probation Service will be invited into college to help with the application of the subject to real world scenarios.


Travel costs of our day visits, as outlined above.


Unit 1 and 3 are tested using controlled assignments (coursework in exam conditions, 8 hours, 50% of overall marks).

Unit 2 and 4 are externally set exams (50% of overall marks). These are 90 minutes and there are 3 questions (comprised of short and extended answer questions) based on a problem solving scenario. This qualification is graded on a scale of A*-E.

Entry Criteria

Standard level 3 entry requirements.

Useful Supporting Courses

Sociology, Psychology and Law.


Police Officer, Prison Officer, Probation Officer and Youth Worker.

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

Criminology Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

Criminology Flying Start 2021

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Criminology Course Overview