Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Criminology

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC36
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Criminology diploma covers a range of issues relating to crime in the UK. It utilises sociology, psychology, elements of law and ethics to provide students with an understanding of what crimes are committed. It also investigates reasons why crime is committed and how society processes criminals and seeks retribution for their actions


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. 

How will it be delivered?

Unit 1 and 3 are tested using controlled assignments (coursework, 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.

The unit 2 exam is in May of the lower sixth year so it is imperative that no one goes on a term time holiday.

Controlled assignments are also taken under exam conditions in Dec/Jan of both the lower and upper sixth years, so again students cannot take unofficial holidays.

Entry requirements

General Level 3 entry requirements.

Your next steps...

This course links well with Sociology, Psychology and Law. 

Students have gone on to careers in / as:

Crown Prosecution Service, Courts Probation, Prision Service, Youth Offending.