SCQF Level 6
Enterprise and Commerce

Course Overview

This National Progression Award (NPA) allows learners to study criminology, including the complex nature of crime and the problems of measuring crime.

It develops an understanding of the criminal justice system and provides bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study. The award focuses on areas such as the nature and extent of crime, and forensic psychology.

Criminology is the scientific study of crime, including its causes, responses by the criminal justice system, and methods of prevention. In both the mandatory and optional units, you will study the nature and extent of crime, crime in the community, forensic science and crime control strategies.

  • Enhance the knowledge and understanding of learners and to enable them to make use of this knowledge and understanding to evaluate aspects of criminology
  • Develop an understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Develop an understanding of the contribution of criminology to the modern world and human behaviour
  • Develop an open-minded, critical and evaluative approach to study. Potential to experience a range of assessment methods
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of evidence-based research, including investigation and research skills
  • Gain knowledge of competing views, perspectives, theories and evidence relating to the causes of crime
  • Gain insight into the way crime and criminal justice operates
What You Will Learn
  • Criminology: Nature and Extent of Crime
  • Crime in Society
  • Criminology: Crime Control Strategies
Entry Requirements
  • Relevant qualifications at SCQF level 5
  • NC Social Sciences, Legal Services or Police Studies
  • Pupil experience life skills and potential ability will also be taken into account
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Ongoing assessment
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be required to attend the virtual taster sessions in June
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • HNC Legal Services
  • PDA Criminology Level 8 (SCP)
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 2 afternoons per week
Course Delivery
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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