Criminology Level 3

Our course code: X307

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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What is crime? In what ways can theoretical perspectives help explain crime and criminal justice? Do intersectionality’s such as gender race and class play a part? This course will familiarise you with tenets of criminological thought and help you to gain ability in applying this knowledge to issues.

This online course in Criminology Level 3 is aimed at students interested in criminology and learning more about crime, its causes and prevention. The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive guide to criminology, covering a wide range of disciplines such as psychology and sociology.

You will learn about the justice system and the basics of criminal profiling along with understanding the roots of crime. This is an ideal course for anyone wishing to improve knowledge of crime, its impact on society, and the ways in which justice is administered. This is an ideal course for anyone wishing to improve knowledge of crime, its impact on society, and the ways in which justice is administered.

Studying Criminology Level 3 will also help build logical and analytical skills so is relevant to a wide variety of professions, such as police and security, right through to social work and many government roles. Prior study is not a prerequisite – you just need a passion for the subject matter! Criminology offers a range of job prospects and is a very interesting topic to be involved in.

On this course you will:

  • Focus on the main theories
  • Consider how we define crime, what cause crime and the consequences of crime
  • Be given an insight into the world of crime from different perspectives, some of which you may not have considered.

An ideal course for anyone interested in learning more about crime, its causes and prevention.

  • Study with winners

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

  • At your own pace

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

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

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

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

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 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

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. 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.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint 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

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Introduction to Criminology
  • Explain how crime is dependent on time and place.
  • Discuss the historical development of criminology.
  • Compare competing crime statistics.
2: Race, Age, Gender and Crime
  • Discuss the relationship between race and crime.
  • Discuss the relationship between gender and crime.
  • Discuss the relationship between age and crime.
3: Media and Crime
4: Criminal Justice
  • Explain the role of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Analyse the history of policing in England and Wales.
  • Assess the types of sentences used in England and Wales.
5: Understanding Crime
6: Psychological Theories of Crime
  • Evaluate the psychoanalytic theory of crime.
  • Evaluate the behaviourist theory of crime.
  • Evaluate the cognitive theory of crime.
7: Sociological Theories of Crime
  • Evaluate The Chicago School.
  • Evaluate Durkheim, Anomie and Strain.
  • Explain the emergence of realist criminology
8: Biological Theories of Crime
  • Explain the historical perspectives on nature and crime.
  • Evaluate genetic theories of crime.
  • Discuss applications of biological criminology
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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.

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 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.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

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.

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