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Monday18:00 – 21:00
05 Sep 2022 (1 Year)
Course code D3CRIME1LC

Criminology, Diploma

This course can also be studied if you are an adult aged over 19 years old. It is ideal for any students interested in the social sciences or humanities. Criminology is a qualification which includes elements of psychology, law and sociology and is an exciting area of study.

The BTEC course will help you gain knowledge of the criminal justice system and will be of interest to anyone who wants to find out more about the study of crime and the processes of crime detection and criminal justice.

It is a multidisciplinary subject and involves theoretical study and practical elements. You will examine the criminal process from crime scene to courtroom and you will also examine theories that explain the behaviours and reasons why people commit crime.

The course will enable you to develop a range of transferrable skills including independent research skills, problem solving, presentation skills and the ability to work collaboratively. These skills will help you advance in your career and are valuable to employers in any industry.

Subjects covered

Changing Awareness of Crime

This unit focuses on building your understanding of the different types of crime and the things that influence the way we perceive crime. You will examine the reasons why certain crimes are less likely to be reported to the police.

Criminological Theories

We look at definitions of crime and what constitutes criminal and deviant behaviours. You will examine why people commit crime, drawing on biological, psychological, and sociological theories. You will consider how these theories may influence social policy in relation to crime.

Crime scene to courtroom

This unit will enable you to develop your understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict in the courtroom. You will examine the processes involved in investigating and prosecuting crimes and you will review real criminal cases, to evaluate the use of evidence and the validity of the verdicts given for particular crimes.

Crime and Punishment

Using the knowledge and understanding gained from previous units you will seek to understand why people obey the law even when it is not in their interests, how social institutions encourage people to obey the law and what happens to those who break the law. You will consider the role of punishment and examine how effective the criminal justice system is in preventing and dealing with criminality.

Assessment method

There will be three hours of teaching each week as well as weekly small group and one to one tutorials. In addition, you should be prepared to do at least three hours of reading and research outside of class each week. Delivery of the lessons will be online, with resources and extra reading posted to the shared Teams (a free download) or online classroom.

50% of the assessment is through externally marked examinations and 50% through internally marked controlled assessment. The controlled assessments are 8 hours long will take place in January and April.

Fees

If you are aged between 19 and 23 your tuition and exam fees could be free, depending on your previous qualifications and financial circumstances.

If you are over the age of 19 but don't qualify for free tuition, you can apply for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the main course fees. They are not credit based or means tested - so they will not affect your credit rating. You won't have to pay back a penny until you are earning more than £27,295 (before tax and other deductions) a year. Contact us today to find out more about Advance Learner Loans or adult bursaries.

Progression opportunities

Successful completion of this course supports access to higher education degree courses in social sciences such as Criminology, Sociology, Psychology and Law. Studying criminology will also provide a good grounding in the knowledge and understanding required to go on to employment in the criminal justice system in areas such as the probation service, policing and the courts and tribunals service.

Additional support

Preparing learners for the future is an integral part of everything we do at Weston College. Whether you want to bolster your employment prospects, upskill or change careers, our friendly careers staff are committed to helping students get on the right career path.

As an adult learner at Weston College, you will have access to our specialist, highly qualified careers advisors who are on hand to assist you with making those important decisions about careers and course choices. Whether you need support with developing your employability skills, or you are investigating your future options, we’ll be there to help you through the process.

You can also use our free-to-access Career Coach programme to provide yourself with a detailed careers assessment, which you can then talk through with one of our advisors, as well as the as


Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to have 5 GCSE/O levels or equivalent including English We will consider applicants who have work related experience if they do not meet the basic entry requirements. All applicants will need to take an additional literacy test.

Course Level

Level 3

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