Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who are interested in the criminal justice system. Learners will look at why people commit crime, why certain crimes are not reported and why some people are likely to report crimes than others.

You could complement your studies with additional activities including work experience or our Debating or Culture society.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Aim to work within the criminal justice sector, sociology or psychology, in careers such as Probation Service, the Courts, Tribunal Service or Police to name a few.
  • Wish to progress on to Higher Education to study a Social Science related degree
  • Are interested in the criminal justice system
  • Have an open mind and are able to consider a range of ideas to produce a coherent argument to support their claims
  • Are willing to read ahead in preparation for class activities and work to weekly deadlines
  • Are able to complete exams, but like being able to back this up with coursework

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams and coursework. The Units are:

  • Changing Awareness of Crime: Learners will have an opportunity to understand a wide range of different crimes that are committed and the reasons why people may not always report such crimes by exploring the social construction of criminality.
  • Criminological Theories:Learners will explore the various different theories into the causes of crime.
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom: Learners will look at the different methods of investigating crime, including crime scene investigation and forensic science in order to justify their effectiveness in criminal investigations.
  • Crime and Punishment: Types of punishment for criminal behaviour, why we use these different methods and how effective these are.

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Textual Analysis 
  • Theoretical framework 
  • Literacy 
  • Research 
  • Problem solving 
  • Collaboration 
  • Confidence 
  • Effort 
  • Systems 
  • Practice 
  • Meeting deadlines 
  • Evaluative Criticism 
  • Analysis
  • Resilience 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Social Worker
  • Teaching
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Counselling
  • Health and Social Care
  • Psychology
  • Police
  • Forensic Science
  • Law

Applied Level Three Diploma

Course Leader:
Stephanie Preen

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in English, with an average points score of 4.5 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework (50%) and exams (50%)