Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

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Course Specifics

Sixth Form
Level 3
16-18 School Leavers
1 year for Certificate 2 years for Diploma
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
No cost
Age 19 or Over:
Funding Assisted:
Yes - If it's your first full Level 3 and you're aged 19-23 your course is funded otherwise Advanced learner loans are available
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Course overview

Do you want to understand why people commit crimes? Do you find crime scene investigations interesting? Do you enjoy finding out about criminal cases? Do you prefer assessments rather than exams?

If you have answered yes to the above questions then Criminology could be the subject for you. The course will be of interest to anyone who wants to develop an understanding of the reasons why people commit crimes and the process of criminal investigations.

The Criminology course consists of three pathways – an Award*/Certificate and a Diploma. Core units include an introduction to Criminological Theories and other units include Crime Scene to Courtroom, Realities and Perceptions of Crime and Changing Awareness of Crime

The course will include a number of related subject areas including Law, Psychology and Sociology. Therefore, these would be good A-level subjects to combine with Criminology. All units are assessed through internally set controlled assessments. Each unit is graded as pass, merit or distinction and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. There is an emphasis on vocational learning which may involve activities, such as organised trips to courts of law etc.

There will be a range of visiting speakers including Barristers, a Crime scenes investigator (CSI) from the police and the current course tutor has over 32 years’ experience in investigating criminality and learning is applied to actual cases and real life situations (Students study the Certificate in Y12 and then the Diploma in Y13. *The award is for students who need to transfer one of their A level choices at Christmas)

Who is this course for?

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths. You will also have an excellent work ethic. You also need to have an inquiring and open mind, and have an excellent work ethic. This is studied alongside traditional exam based A-Levels and not on its own.

Entry qualifications

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths.

What other experience will I gain?

Being part of Chesterfield College Sixth Form is so much more than advanced level study. We want you to leave us with as many skills as possible to help you with you next step (as well as making your time here fun). That's why you'll also get the opportunity to take part in visits as detailed above.

Where will this lead?

You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment. Criminology students can take straight Criminality courses and UCAS points are available in many university , however although the Level 3 certificate/Diploma in Criminology is described as an equivalent to an A Level qualifications it has yet to be allocated specific UCAS points. Students are recommended to contact individual Universities to advice on the suitability of the course for their entry requirements. The following universities have indicated that they accept Criminology for entry to their degree programmes Durham University/Sheffield Hallam University/all Welsh Universities/Nottingham Trent University/De Montfort University/Teesside University. Progression can also be to the Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice at Chesterfield College

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What Ofsted say

"“The best part about this is that it is course work, so it requires different skills to exams, you can develop both. It's worthwhile checking that your university accepts this course as an equivalent.”

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