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This programme is designed for anyone interested in criminology and learning more about crime, its causes and prevention. The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive guide to the criminology and examines in detail a range of criminal activity together with detection and prevention methods in common use. 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


Fully Accredited Course


Course Requirements


There are no previous skills or qualifications required to register for this course. Ideal for total beginners.




Unit 1: Introduction to Criminology.
Define what Criminology is and have an understanding of the theories used.

Unit 2: Criminal Statistics.
Study the trends of modern day Criminal Statistics.

Unit 3: The UK Justice System.
Have an understanding of the UK Justice System and have reference to key legal terms.

Unit 4: Understanding Drugs.
Describe a large range of drugs, what effects they have, their methods of use, their prevalence, production and marketing and common street names.

Unit 5: Understanding Violence.
Describe different forms of violence and reasons for it.

Unit 6: Understanding Property Crime.
Describe different forms of property crime and understand when and where they occur.

Unit 7: Understanding Crime and the Community.
Understanding the role of the community in crime prevention.

Unit 8: Understanding Trans-national and Organised Crime.
Describe various forms of organised and trans-national crime.
Unit 9: Understanding High Tech Crime.
Understand the use of computers and internet technology in support of criminal activities.
Unit 10: Understanding Crime Prevention.
Describe how to focus on the causes of crime and use problem solving tools in order to significantly reduce, or eliminate the factors that can lead to crime.

Unit 11: Understanding Youth Crime.
Understand why youths turn to crime and why everyone has a role in supporting youths and preventing youth crime.

Unit 12: Understanding Anti-Social Behaviour.
Describe different forms of anti-social behaviour, who it affects, its long term effects and approaches to tackling it.

Unit 13: Introduction to Forensic Psychology.
Describe what Forensic Psychology is and how it works; from basic theories and principles, through research, understanding and explaining results, to the actual application of psychological techniques.

Unit 14: Introduction to Criminal Profiling.
Understand what is meant by Criminal Profiling, and how the use of scientific methods, logical reasoning, sources of information on people, criminology, victimology and experience, or skill, is employed to interpret the events that surround the commission of a crime.

Unit 15: Introduction to the Theory of Terrorism.
Understanding what terrorism is and why it is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious ends.


Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 120 hrs.


How is my Coursework assessed?


All assignments will be submitted to your personal tutor on a regular basis as you progress through your course. A report along with any relevant comments will be returned to you.


What if I need to ask a question relating to my course?


All students registered for this course will be assigned a personal tutor whom they may contact during working hours. Details of who your tutor is and how to contact them will be in your study pack.


Will I be required to sit an exam?


This course is completed using continual assessment allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress. Therefore no examination is required.


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Criminology Diploma

Criminology Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 3 Criminology Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.


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