Applied Diploma Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities. An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work. It has been designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences, through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.

In Changing Awareness of Crime (Unit 1) you will learn about different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.

In Criminological Theories (Unit 2) you will gain an understanding of why people commit crime.

Crime Scene to Courtroom (Unit 3) will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system. You will learn how to examine information from the moment a crime has been identified, to the verdict.

In Crime and Punishment (Unit 4) you will apply your awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court; this will enable you to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.


Unit 1 and 2 are internally assessed via controlled assessments.

Unit 3 and 4 are assessed by external examinations.

All are of equal weighting.