Overview top

The level 3 Diploma in Criminology is an exciting program that is aimed at school leavers. Learners will complete the diploma in one year and then progress onto the forensic science course for year 2. Alongside the main programme of study, learners will also complete a mentoring qualification which will enhance learner’s skills in a work based setting. In addition, an extended project will also be completed where learners will be able to study an area of personal interest.

Within the diploma in criminology learners will study four units:

  • Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime – this will demonstrate understanding of the different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported

  • Unit 2: Criminological Theories – this unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learnt from unit 1

  • Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom – this unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict

  • Unit 4: Crime and Punishment – learners will apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court

Trips and visits, as well as guest speakers will be used in the teaching of these modules to support understanding of the subject area.

Entry Requirements top

Five GCSEs at Grade A-C (9-4), including maths and English.

GCSE D (3) or above in science.

Assessment top

There are two externally set exams and two externally set assignments for criminology.

The extended project is achieved through the production of a portfolio.

Professional Opportunities top

Successful learners can apply to continue studying on the forensic science and criminal Investigation programme here at South Tyneside College. Full advice and guidance on progression routes and opportunities will be offered throughout the programme.