Course Info

Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

Entry Qualifications

See Standard Entry Qualifications.

Learners must have;

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (to include a grade 4 in GCSE Maths or English)

A genuine interest in the subject

Good communication skills

Strong work ethic and the ability to work to deadlines


2 Years

Course Content

The course covers the following units:

Theories of criminality

Changing awareness of crime

Crime scene to courtroom

Crime and punishment

Criminology is a Level 3 Diploma and students will take this course alongside other A-level subjects (e.g. criminology, sociology and history). It is assessed by both coursework (50%) and examinations (50%).

Your Unique Experience

An Individual Learning Plan will be designed for your needs

Assigned a Personal Tutor and a Progress Tutor who specifically look after your pastoral and course requirements

Various extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities such as trips to the law courts and guest speakers

More than just a Course

Criminology is the focussed study of the phenomenon of crime. The discipline is rooted in the field of sociology but also incorporates relevant aspects of psychology and law. Learners will study all aspects of criminality from explanations and theories of offending through to the Criminal Justice System and the role of various agencies of social control. Criminology is a popular university course and the Level 3 Diploma will provide an excellent foundation for Higher Education. Additionally, as criminology covers several subject areas it is a fantastic course to complement other A-level subjects such as sociology, psychology and law.

Course Format

Full Time Programme – to be taken alongside other A-level subjects


Higher education

Employment fields relating to crime and deviance (youth work, police and community work, civil service, social work, teaching etc)

Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.