Criminology is an exciting subject which will allow you to understand crime and deviance in detail. You will focus on the impact that crime and criminal behaviour have on societies and explore how criminal behaviour can be explained.

Questions such as ‘why do people commit crime?’, ‘how should we punish offenders?’ and ‘what is the role of the criminal justice system?’ will be addressed throughout the two-year course.

Studying Criminology Level 3 will develop your understanding of the different aspects of crime, victimisation and responses to crime and deviance. Additionally, you will develop your essay writing, time management and organisational skills throughout the course.

The course includes a combination of external exams and controlled assessments.

Where does a Criminology course lead?

There are many progression routes for which a qualification in Criminology would be useful due to the skills you will develop. Specific career paths include Police Officer, Prison Officer, Probation Officer, Social Worker, Youth Worker and many more.

Course Entry Requirements for Criminology

You will need at least 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, one of which being a grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Criminology Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification

What our students say about Criminology

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Trip to Shrewsbury Prison

Criminology Trip To Manchester

What Our Students Say

Criminology was enjoyable and very interesting and it really developed my knowledge of an area I've always been interested in. The support I got from the tutors in the department was second to none, and I fully believe that the course has helped me in the early stages of my career.

After Carmel, I began a degree apprenticeship with Merseyside Police. Being a full time police officer as well as studying for a degree is difficult but it's definitely a route that I would urge people to consider.

Ben Fearnehough