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The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology will provide you with an introduction to criminal justice. It is designed to provide learners with the understanding and skills that will enable them to pursue a career in criminal justice and law. Learners will begin to understand the different types of crime, the impact the media has on crime, theories of criminality, the impact of certain factors on the accuracy of a verdict, and the aims and effectiveness of punishment.

Key Stage 5 

What will I learn?

Year 1 - In year 1 you will study two units. Unit 1 is internally assessed through coursework, and Unit 2 is an exam based unit.

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime

This unit will allow you to explore different types of crime and look at the media reporting of them. You will answer key questions, such as why are some crimes unreported? You will also look at effective campaigns for change in relation to crime.

Unit 2 – Criminological Theories

This unit will explore the different theories of criminality. You will begin to understand why people commit crimes, including the biological and social influences on criminality.

Year 2 - In year 2 you will study a further two units. Unit 3 is internally assessed through coursework, and Unit 4 is an exam based assessment.

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom

In this unit you will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system. You will examine the procedures used in court cases and assess the validity of verdicts. You will answer key questions, such as how reliable is eyewitness testimony? Why are people wrongly convicted of crimes?

Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment

This unit aims to evaluate the effectiveness of social control. You will look at the methods used to maintain order in society. Together, we will explore the aims of punishment and how effective different methods of punishment are in meeting those aims. How will I be assessed?

What skills will I develop?
  • The skills required for independent learning
  • An ability to problem solve
  • The skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • The ability to assess the validity of information
How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 and Unit 3 will each require completion of an 8 hour controlled assessment task at the end of the unit. This will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2 and Unit 4 each have a 1 hour 30 minute exam.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Overview