Criminology Level 3 Applied Diploma


What is Criminology?  
What is crime? Why do people commit crime? How does a crime ever get brought into a Courtroom for justice? What is justice?

Ever thought about any of these questions or do you have a keen interest in crime and criminal behaviour. Do you have career aspirations of working within the Police Force, legal profession or forensics?

If yes to any of the above, then this could be the right course for you. Over two years the course will take you through a scientific study of crime and criminals. The course is ideal for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of crime, its impact on society, and the ways in which justice is administered.

About the subject

The L3 Applied Diploma is a qualification which explores elements of law, psychology, and sociology. The course is made up of four mandatory units. The units covered will explore criminological theories, awareness of crime, crime and punishment and the process from crime scene to courtroom.

The qualification would support learners progressing from level 2, specifically GCSE’s in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History or Humanities.

Subject Modules and Assessments

Students must complete all the following units:

Unit NumberUnit TitleAssessment
1Changing Awareness of CrimeMandatoryInternal Controlled Assessment
2Criminological TheoriesMandatoryExternal Exam
3Crime Scene to Court RoomMandatoryInternal Controlled Assessment
4Crime and PunishmentMandatoryExternal Exam


Unit 1 explores different types of crime, how perceptions of crime can be influenced and why crimes are unreported.
Unit 2 allows learners to obtain an understanding as to why people commit crime.
Unit 3 explores the criminal justice system from the moment the crime is identified through to the verdict. Students will develop understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts from criminal cases.
Unit 4 permits students to apply their understanding of awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control

Minimum Subject Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 in English Literature