Level 3 Diploma (Equivalent to one A Level)
Why should I study Criminology at Moor Park?
If you are interested in examining the etymology of criminology at every conceivable level then the level 3 Diploma in Criminology could be the best course for you. The diploma combines various disciplines such as psychology, sociology, law, human rights, penology, criminal justice and psychiatry.
Criminology in its own right is a recognised course which focuses on a broad range of issues relating to crime. Most people associate Criminology with the causes of crime but it goes well beyond this; it is important to consider that laws change over time and what may constitute as illegal in one society may be legal in another. The diploma allows you to explore the social and political impact crime has on individuals, groups and society as a whole.
What will the course involve?
The level 3 Diploma in Criminology will consist of four mandatory units.
Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime Students will demonstrate an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.
Unit 2 – Criminological Theories Students will have an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learnt in unit one.
Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom Students will be provided with an opportunity to visit a crime scene and follow a particular case to the court verdict. They develop an understanding of the criminal justice system through research of the case and produce a report.
Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment Students will apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court. Additionally there will be various activities such as guest speakers from the criminal justice system invited to deliver sessions and field trips included to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding course.
How will I be assessed?
Unit one and three are internally assessed and units two and four are externally assessed. All units must be completed.
Where does this course lead?
Together with other relevant qualifications, such as Law, Psychology, Sociology, Government and Politics, the course develops skills and knowledge to support entry to a wide range of higher education courses in the humanities sector. The diploma requires critical thinking, analytical and communication skills which will prepare you for a broad range of employment opportunities such as the police, probation, service, prison, social work, youth work, Crown Prosecution Service and the Criminal Justice System.
What are the entry requirements for this course?
You will need at least five C’s at GCSE including English and Maths.
Exam Board: WJEC