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Applied Criminology Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

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 has on societies and explore how criminal behaviour can be explained.

Throughout this course, you will tackle engaging questions such as:

  • Why do people commit crime?  
  • How should we punish offenders?
  • What is the role of the criminal justice system?

After one year, you will have gained an Applied Certificate in Criminology. After two years, you will gain the Diploma in Criminology. Once you have graduated, you can go on to university or gain the skills and knowledge to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system.

What I'll learn

Year one.
Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime
Unit 2: Criminological Theories

Year Two
Unit 3: Crime scene to Courtroom
Unit 4: Crime and punishment


How I'll learn

You will acquire a range of relevant skills including decision making, problem solving, challenging assumptions, and quantifying and managing information. You gain the skills necessary for further academic study such as strong report writing and study skills, including presentation skills. You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time.    

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect you to be fully committed to your studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are also many enrichment opportunities which enable you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support including advice about higher education and careers.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of six GCSEs including English and Maths. The GCSEs must be in academic subjects.


How to Apply

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Printed application forms are also available.

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