Criminology Advanced Diploma

Our course code: X405

Course fee £445 or from £34 per month

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Criminology is the scientific study of crime, criminals, and the UK legal system. Fascinated with why people commit crimes, it examines areas of behaviour, culture, and psychology to explain, respond to and prevent these crimes. If you’re the inquisitive type with a sense of justice, our Advanced Criminology Diploma can open doors across the public sector. Our course addresses key questions, debates, and theories of criminal behaviour. You’ll touch on areas such as interviewing, analysis of statistics, profiling, and the process of rehabilitation.

Gain insight of the legal system, key debates, and criminal behaviour in various contexts

Criminologists play an important role in the criminal justice system. From assisting police in investigations to providing advice on interviewing suspects, acting as witnesses in court cases, and rehabilitating offenders. Of course, research, analysis and critical thinking play a big role and are attractive skills employers look for.

This online Level 4 Advanced Criminology course challenges you to think, ask questions, and break down theories relating to criminal behaviour. We introduce you to new ways of looking at crime in modern-day Britain. And, you’ll see the impact crime has on individuals and communities while exploring attitudes and belief toward punishment. We’ll also investigate factors that may potentially undermine correctional measures.

Small aim is a crime; have great aim – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Advantages of studying Criminology at Level 4

Studying criminology has its fair share of benefits. Firstly, you’ve got the option of further education, and, of course, a range of exciting career options. These options range from working with the Police to becoming a data scientist. Secondly, with a criminology qualification in your pocket, the average entry-level salary for criminologists is approx. £24,000. Furthermore, a future in this field is often linked to higher satisfaction because it plays a major role in solving and preventing crimes. In addition, it’s also known to be mentally stimulating work where no two days are the same. However, further education may be needed for some roles.

Develop your knowledge of Criminology to improve your career prospects by enrolling with us today! We’ll make sure you’re all clued up on criminal behaviour and the justice system. Forget CSI, we’re the real deal.

When you study Advanced Criminology with Oxbridge, you will:

  • Learn the definition of Criminal Law
  • Cover theories in criminology that sought to explain crime
  • See how criminal practices and cultural dynamics intertwine
  • Discover the role the media plays in influencing public perception of crime
  • Look at types of surveillance, offender profiling, and rehabilitation
  • Study the historical origins and philosophy of punishment
  • Gain knowledge of forensic linguistics in relation to crime investigation

Increase your knowledge of the UK justice system, key debates, and criminal behaviour in various contexts.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
  • Our course code: X405
  • Official Qualification Title: Criminology Advanced Diploma

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 200 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months. However, additional hours may be required for reading writing and research.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. The TQT is 450 hours, which is more than ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - Criminology Advanced Diploma

Difficulty - Level 4

Entry requirements - You must already have a Criminology Level 3 qualification before you can enrol onto our Advanced Criminology Diploma.

Course Content

1: Undertaking Analysis of Crime Statistics
2: Theories that Posit Explanations for Criminal Behaviour
3: Understanding Crime and Culture: Social Reaction and Labelling Theory

The aim of this unit is understanding crime and culture. You’ll learn how criminal practices and cultural dynamics intertwine in modern society. You’ll find out how many common forms of criminality emerge out of criminal and deviant subcultures that are shaped by shared conventions of meaning, symbolism, and style. You’ll explain how these subcultures produce collective experiences/emotions that define their members’ identities and reinforce marginal social status. Finally, you’ll describe how, in society, crime control campaigns of crime victimisation are often offered or displayed for public consumption.

4: Corporate and Organised Crime
5: Subjective Concerns About Violence

The aim of this unit is to explore subjective concerns about violent crime. You’ll determine the sociological analysis of violence providing an overview to key debates and issues. Explain specific issues in violent crime, including aggression and masculinity, violence in the private sphere, and homicides. You’ll also consider the sensitivity of sex crimes as a criminal category and political agenda in response to sex crimes.

6: Surveillance and Social Control Theory

The aim of this unit is to examine surveillance and social control theory. Key areas you’ll cover include what’s meant by surveillance within criminology, common types of surveillance, and theories relating to surveillance. Finally, you’ll learn about modern developments relating to surveillance technologies.

7: Offender Profiling and Linking Crime

This unit looks at offender profiling and the practice of linking crimes. You’ll also be able to explain how the processes of profiling and linking crimes are two very distinct practices.

8: Examining the Behaviour of Police as Actors in the Criminal Justice System
9: Investigative Interviewing, Criminal Admissions and Detecting Deception

This unit contemplates investigative interviewing, criminal admissions and the detecting of deception. You’ll discover how and why false confessions happen, ethical and legislative guidelines for accurate interviews, as well as how to structure an interview using the PEACE model. Finally, you’ll understand the ideas of questioning in court and identify common behaviour cues that may indicate lying and help to detect deception.

10: The Contribution of Forensic Linguistics to Criminological Research

This unit explores the contribution of forensic linguistics to criminological research. You’ll uncover key areas of forensic linguistics and how they overlap with other areas and make important contributions to criminal investigation. You’ll learn that forensic linguistics involves understanding the language of the judicial process but also how it can assist in disputes of meaning. Finally, you’ll gain working knowledge of forensic linguistics and the specialist expertise that can offer extra evidence in crime investigation.

11: Punishment, Offenders and Factors that can Undermine Correctional Measures

This unit looks at punishment, offenders and factors that can undermine correctional measures. Key areas you’ll study are the historical origins and philosophy of punishment, attitudes and beliefs about punishment, as well as informal self or group authorised systems of punishment, e.g. vigilantism. Finally, you’ll learn why modern society is changing the way it deals with offenders while identifying factors that can undermine correctional measures.

12: The Rehabilitation of Offenders

The final unit considers the rehabilitation of offenders. Topics you’ll cover include the varying opinions on whether an offenders behaviour can be altered, the criminogenic effect of prison, and how actors in the justice system work to turn offenders into law abiding citizens. You’ll look at how rehabilitation treatments aim to prevent future offending, but also examine access to rehabilitation programmes and factors influencing programme design. You’ll recognise that there’s been a renewal of confidence in offender rehabilitation among practitioners and policy makers, mostly in the UK and North America. Finally, you’ll learn the role of criminologists in planning and delivery offending behaviour programmes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

We strongly advise that you have a Criminology Level 3 qualification or equivalent before you enrol onto our Advanced Criminology Diploma.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!