Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

Head of Department 

Mrs D Glover

Examining Body


Overview of the course:

Criminology is a  vocationally related qualification, taught over 2 years, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace and University. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; researching and referencing. 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 16-19 year-old learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system. The qualification would support learners’ progression from any study at Level 2, particularly GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Health and Social Care History and Humanities.

Course Details 

The first mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. The second mandatory unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1. The third mandatory unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. In the final mandatory unit, learners will apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.


1 Changing Awareness of Crime      Mandatory                  Internal assessed assignment

2 Criminological Theories                 Mandatory                  External assessed examination

3 Crime Scene to Courtroom            Mandatory                  Internal assessed assignment

4 Crime and Punishment                   Mandatory                 External assessed examination

Possible Career Paths 

This qualification allows students to gain valuable skills including group work, independent working, writing to persuade, and debating. It is a good subject for students who are interested in careers in: uniformed services, education, the police, justice system, paralegals and law, as it allows students the opportunity to gain an understanding of these roles within society. It allows progression for higher Education and a variety of Degrees in cluding BSc Criminology BA Criminology BA Criminology and Criminal Justice  BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology. The course is complemented by subjects such as Applied Law, Health and Social care and Sociology.