Applied Criminology Level 3 Certificate - City of Wolverhampton College

Applied Criminology Level 3 Certificate

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If you are interested in working in law, policing, teaching, counselling, mental health nursing, social work, the probation service or Crown Prosecution Service, a criminology qualification will enable you to develop skills and knowegde that will be vital for your future career.

You will learn about crime and the criminal justice sytem, how crimes are investigated - from crime scene to courtroom - and how miscarriages of justice occur. 

Yu will develop the knowledge and skills needed to examine information, and review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases, as well as study crime and punishment and develop skills to evaluate the effectiveness of social control in delivering policy in practice.


To access this course you are required to have: 

Five or more GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including a 4 in English and maths 

During the course you will study the following modules:

  • Changing awareness of crime
  • Criminological theories
  • Crime scene to courtroom
  • Crime and punishment

By studying this course you will gain practical skills, knowledge and understanding of:

  • How crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality
  • How campaigns are used to elicit change
  • How to plan for campaigns for change relating to crime
  • Social constructions of criminality
  • Theories of criminality
  • Causes of criminality
  • Causes of policy change
  • Process of criminal investigations
  • Process for prosecution of suspects
  • How to review criminal cases
  • Criminal justice system in England and Wales
  • Role of punishment in a criminal justice system
  • Measures used in social control

Throughout the course you will be assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment:

  • Changing awareness of crime - internally assessed assignment work (worth 25% of overall grade)
  • Criminological theories - externally assessed through examination (worth 25% of overall grade)
  • Crime scene to courtroom - internally assessed through assignment work (worth 25% of overall grade)
  • Crime and punishment - externally assessed through examination (worth 25% of overall grade)

Succecssful completion of the course will enable you to progress to higher level qualifications and related degrees in a range of subjects including:

  • Criminology
  • Sociology,
  • Psychology
  • Law,
  • Criminal Justice
  • Policing


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