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Criminology is the study of why individuals commit crimes. By understanding why crimes are committed, we can develop ways to control crime or rehabilitate the criminal. You will develop skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review criminal cases.

Criminology is an interesting and diverse course providing you with an understanding of the complex world of crime and criminals. Over two years it is equivalent to 1 x A Level and on successful completion, you will achieve an Applied Diploma in Criminology. For progression to university, you should select a specific pathway that includes two complementary qualifications (you can choose from Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Psychology & Sociology), equivalent to 1 x A Level each, depending on what career path you are interested in. See below for the recommended Criminology pathways.

Studying Criminology, you will develop an understanding of the different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. Understanding why people commit crimes forms part of the course as well as exploring the justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.

Finally, you will apply your understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver social justice policy.

This broad-based qualification will give you a solid foundation for further study or careers in law, criminology, psychology, sociology, business, marketing, public services, philosophy, forensics, probation studies, youth justice, criminal justice, childhood studies, social work, HR or policing.

Criminology Pathways Available:

  • Criminology with Applied Science and Health & Social Care
  • Criminology with Psychology and Health & Social Care
  • Criminology with Psychology and Applied Science
  • Criminology with Sociology and Applied Science
  • Criminology with Sociology and Health & Social Care
  • Criminology with Sociology and Psychology (You may also be interested in our Social Psychology Course – click here for info)

The course tutors will discuss more details about your preferred Criminology pathway when you enrol in August.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs 9-4 or Business Level 2 (Merit/Distinction) including English or maths GCSEs grade 9-4

What you will study

  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Criminological Theories
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods
  • Biopsychology,
  • Issues & Debates
  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Education
  • Families & Households
  • Research Methods
  • Global Development
  • Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods
  • Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques
  • Principles & Application of Science 1
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Human Regulation & Reproduction
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs
  • Working in Health & Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives

What's Next?

Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.

Further Study

Degree in :

  • Law
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Probation Studies


  • Lawyer
  • Police Officer
  • Criminologist
  • PR
  • Solicitor
  • Court Officer
Meet the team
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