Applied Diploma Level 3

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

4 in English Language

Why study this course?

Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behaviour; you will study crimes, criminals, victims of crime, the justice system, punishments and much more! This course will enable you to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and make recommendations for policy. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness of crime and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.

What will I study?

Year 1

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime

The purpose of this unit is to plan campaigns for change relating to crime. Questions we will explore in this unit include:

  • What different types of crime take place in our society?
  • What types of crime are not as heavily reported in the media? Why? 
  • Many people learn about the fear and fascination of crime from the media, but is the media a reliable source of information? 
  • To what extent are we misled by our tastes in programmes and newspapers about crime? 


Unit 2 – Criminological Theories 

The purpose of this unit is to apply your understanding of the public perceptions of crime and campaigns for change studied in Unit 1 with criminological theories to examine how both are used to set policy. We will look at questions such as: 

  • How do we decide what behaviour is criminal?
  • How do we explain why people commit crime? 

Year 2

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom  

In this unit you will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.


Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment  

In this unit you will develop skills in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the process of social control in delivering policy in practice.

How will I be assessed?

There are 4 units in total 

  • 2 internally assessed units (controlled assessment) 
  • 2 externally assessed units (Exam)

Year 12

  • Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime (Internal)
  • Unit 2 – Criminological Theories (External)

Year 13

  • Crime Scene to Courtroom (Internal)
  • Crime and Punishment (External)

Where can it lead?

This course is ideal if you plan to move onto university to study courses such as:

  • Criminology 
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Criminology and Psychology 
  • Law with Criminology 
  • Criminology and Sociology 
  • Psychology and Sociology 


The careers relevant to criminology include: 

  • Employment with the criminal justice system 
  • National Probation Service
  • Courts and Tribunal Service 
  • National Offender Management Service