Criminology Level 3

Criminology Level 3

Criminology Level 3

Course structure:

Not all types of crime are alike. Are you interested in what different types of crime take place in our society and what kinds of crime exist, about which we know very little? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What are the roles of personnel involved when a crime is detected? Want a career in the police force, legal professions or forensic sciences? Perhaps you are interested to know more about the new exciting subject of Criminology? Either way this is the perfect course for you.

You can choose to study Criminology as a single course that forms part of your academic programme at St Vincent Sixth Form College and it can be combined with almost any other subject.

Forming a core part of St Vincent’s new ‘CSI Pathway’ programme, Criminology is a course that combines the subjects of Psychology, Law, Politics and Forensic Science to form a new discipline of its own.

This is a growing subject nationally and the first Criminology course offered at Level 3. It covers an exciting range of topics, covering the Changing Awareness of Crime, Criminological Theories, Crime Scene to Courtroom and Crime and Punishment.

The qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the Criminal Justice System, Law or police force eg. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board


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    Diploma – 2 years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    Five GCSEs Grades 4 – 9. Preferably including English Language
    Grade 5 or above

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    Possible combinations:

    Works well with many A-Levels and BTEC’s, but particularly with Law, Sociology, Applied Science, Psychology, History and Public Services

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    Visit to Portsmouth University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies as well as their Scene of Crime facility, as well as trips to Winchester Law Courts, Portsmouth Mock Trial, Hampshire Police and much more

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    Skills developed:

    • Critical analysis and judgement
    • Research skills
    • Time management
    • Meeting deadlines
    • Multi-tasking

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    Higher Education courses in Criminology, Political Science, Sociology, Law or other subjects. Career progression into the Police Force, CSI units, Forensic Sciences and the Legal profession

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    Assessment summary:

    Year one: 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment
    Year two: 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment

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