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Criminology (Level 3 Diploma)

Students can study the Applied Diploma in Criminology alongside two other A-level subjects over the course of two years. In this course, you will develop your understanding of criminology, which is relevant to many occupations today. It links in very well with subjects such as Sociology, Law and Psychology.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

The Applied Diploma in Criminology is designed as a two-year course to study alongside two other A-level subjects. The course aims to develop your understanding of criminology, which is relevant to a number of occupations today. It links in very well with subjects such as Sociology, Law and Psychology.


You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study. 

There are four units of study:

  • Changing awareness of crime – internal assessment
  • Criminological theories – external assessment
  • Crime scene to courtroom – internal assessment
  • Crime and punishment – external assessment

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.


The qualification consists of both internal assignment-based assessments and external examinations. The overall qualification is graded A*-E.

Further Study

This qualification supports entry to higher education to study subject areas such as Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and Law. You may wish to continue to the Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice with Derby College Group.


The qualification develops your understanding and skills so that you are able to consider employment within some aspects of criminal justice, such as the National Probation Service, the Police, the Courts and Tribunals Service and the National Offender Management Service.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)


Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)

Social Services Managers and Directors


Social Services Managers and Directors

Specialist Medical Practitioners


Specialist Medical Practitioners

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Maddie Baker

Maddie Baker has her sights set on a career as a forensic psychologist after getting better A-level results than she thought she'd get.

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 2, 2024 4:44 pm