Applied Diploma Criminology

Ever wondered…
• What makes someone a serial killer?
• How do we decide what behaviour is against the law?
• What investigative techniques are available to help to identify the culprit?

This two year course will hopefully help you answer these questions and more…

Why study Criminology?

Criminology is a wide ranging study of crime as both an individual and social phenomenon. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the complexities of criminal, delinquent and deviant behaviour, as well as society’s reaction to crime. This gives you the option to pursue a wide variety of careers within the criminal justice system.

The course allows you to develop key transferable skills such as time management, report writing and analytical and critical thinking which will be beneficial in further study or in employment.

To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive college interview is required.

Unit 1 and 3
8-hour controlled assessment

Unit 2 and 4
90-minute examination

Year 12
25% controlled assessment
25% examination

Year 13
25% controlled assessment
25% examination

By studying this Level 3 course, students will gain the required knowledge to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice sector, e.g. Probation Service, or use the qualification to support access to higher/further education courses, e.g. Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law.

I find Criminology very interesting as we study real life cases. 

I am looking to work in Forensics so this is a really great course to help with my career ambitions. The teachers are supportive and it’s a great learning environment.

Criminology Student

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