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Criminology and Law (Level 3)

Key course information

Sport and Public Services

28/08/2020

1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview


This two year course integrates the why, how and application of crime and the criminal justice system, giving you an exciting programme covering why a person commits a crime, how punishment works, the application of law and the powers and behaviours of the public services involved. It brings together criminology, law and public services to give you a course that allows you to investigate, interrogate and analyse criminals and the system that strives to rehabilitate offenders and protect the public.The study of crime, law and the public services will equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter into the criminal justice sector – from policing and investigation, to law and government.


Judge gavel with Justice lawyers having team meeting at law firm in background.
Judge gavel with Justice lawyers having team meeting at law firm in background.

What will I learn?


Within this course, you will study three qualifications; criminology, law and public services, each equivalent to a 1 A level each. You will be study a variety of units including; crime and punishment, criminal law, police powers in the public services, changing awareness of crime, applying the law and crime and its effects on society.

Criminology is the study of crime and criminals, allowing you to gain an understanding of why a person commits a crime, how to rehabilitate an offender and the process undertaken to capture and prosecute. You will discover perspectives on criminals, develop skills in reviewing crime awareness and criminal cases.

Studying the English legal system will provide you with an insight into the court structure and some of the main branches within law. You will be given the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills in the application of civil, criminal and family law, from marriage and divorce to theft and murder.

Focusing on the government and policing, you will study the powers held by the police, the behaviour expected of those working in the public sector and gain skills in leadership and teamwork to enable you to become a confident individual fully prepared for the demands of working in the criminal justice or public service sector.

Entry Requirements


4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and Mathematics.

Alternatively, you should have passed a relevant Level 2 qualification with at least a Merit grade and GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications


You will study three qualifications, each equivalent to 1 A level each:

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Law

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services

You will be assessed through a combination of internal and external assessments.

Additional Costs and Information


There will be the opportunity to take part in a variety of course trips to organisations and may involve costs.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Sport and Public Services


Career Opportunities

  • Coach/Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Scientist

  • Public Services
  • Border Force
  • Offender Management and Rehabilitation

There are an estimated 5.39 million people employed in the public sector

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