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Criminology (Applied Diploma)

This course will give you a core understanding of the criminal justice system, the psychology and sociology of crime and the different types of crime we observe in society.

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.

This is an Applied General qualification. This means it is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university. It has been designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for sixth form through applied learning. The applied purpose demands learning related to authentic case studies. It also requires you to consider how the use and application of your learning impacts on yourself, other individuals, employers, society and the environment.

Future Opportunities

This course compliments progression into higher education, onto courses with a criminological, sociological, psychological or law element.

Alternatively, the qualification allows you 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 or the National Offender Management Service.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9 -4 or equivalent, including English.

What will I study?
  • Changing awareness of crime
  • Criminology theories
  • From the crime scene to the courtroom 
  • Crime and punishment.
How will I be assessed?

You wil be assessed through a combination of internal controlled assessment and external examinations:

  • Unit 1 and 3 are assessed through summative controlled assessment.
  • Unit 2 and 4 are assessed through external examinations.

Each unit is worth 25% of the diploma, and are graded A-E.