Criminology (Level 3)

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Criminology (Level 3)
Code L3Cr
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you have an interest in the science behind criminal activity, this is an ideal course. The course will prepare you with a range of transferable skills and consider their application. The course is designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning through applied theories; through the application of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system. The qualification would support progression from any study at GCSE or Level 2, particularly courses in sociology, law, psychology, citizenship, history and the humanities.


There are four mandatory units which make up the course. Two of these units are Externally assessed and two are internally assessed, through project work and assignments.

Externally assessed:

  • Unit 1 - Changing Awareness of Crime Enables the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported
  • Unit 3 - Crime Scene to Courtroom - Provides 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.

Internally Assessed:

  • Unit 2 - Criminological Theories Allows learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.
  • Unit 4 - Crime and Punishment Apply 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

How will it be delivered?

The course is delivered through taught sessions which lead to preparation for external assessments or the completion of assignments. Group discussion, individual written preparation; practice questions and assessments are all used throughout the course.

Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to HE, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across all units.

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. Internal assessments are set and marked by the course staff and the outcome verified by an independent member of staff. Internal assessments usually take the form of assignments, which might be written reports, presentations or practical activities which are observed by an assessor.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE Grades 9 - 4 to include English and Maths.

Your next steps...

This qualification could lead to Higher Education Degree Courses, or support applications into the services. Across universities, there are a number of Criminology degree courses, which can be combined with Psychology or Sociology. Within the professional environment, it can lead to opportunities of employment within the justice system through many roles.