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 inquisitive with a sense of justice, an 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.
Our 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
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.
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Up to 200 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually 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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
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.
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.
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.
The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of undertaking analysis of crime statistics. You’ll discover what’s meant by ‘the Criminal Law’ and why it’s so hard to agree upon a definition of crime. You’ll explain why crimes that the public are concerned about aren’t the real risks we face in society. Finally, you’ll know how, why, and when grey areas exist in the construction and interpretation of crime statistics and victimisation surveys.
The aim of this unit is to examine theories that posit explanations for criminal behaviour. You’ll cover key theories in criminology that sought to explain and account for crime and criminality in the modern age. You’ll consider the overlapping nature of criminological theorising and recognise that theoretical criminology is not easily compartmentalised. Finally, you’ll understand the influential force of theory and its impact over the last century in areas such as crime control and juvenile justice, as well as public and penal policy initiatives such as the ‘Welfarist’ movement and the ‘zero tolerance’ phenomenon.
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.
The aim of this unit is to understand what corporate crime is and why it’s a legitimate area of concern. You’ll explore the relative ‘invisibility’ of corporate cry from various popular and academic viewpoints. You’ll also consider measures relating to causation and control of corporate crime, as well as explain problems understanding organised crime. You’ll learn the role the media plays in influencing public perception of crime, the impact of crime fighting strategies, and models and theories relating to crime.
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.
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.
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.
The aim of this unity is examining the behaviour of police as actors in the criminal justice system. You’ll learn features of the police role, its change over time, and how this change is reflected in the its image. Study how police officers cope with demands and what’s meant by the term ‘police personality’. You’ll learn how the composition of police forces is reflective of governmental aims to serve a community. Finally, you’ll know what is meant by voluntary policing, both within and outside the limits of the law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).
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