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Criminology PDA Level 7 (SCP)

Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Part time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

THIS COURSE IS FOR S5 and S6 PUPILS WHO ARE STILL AT SCHOOL.

The PDA in Criminology at SCQF level 7 covers The accused's journey through the Criminal Justice System in Scotland and Evaluation of the Criminal Justice System in Scotland and other countries.  

The course requires an open-minded, critical and evaluative approach and will require self-study. Learners will develop knowledge of data handling, critical analysis as well as complex thinking skills, problem-solving and research skills.

  • The accused's journey through the Criminal Justice System in Scotland
  • Evaluation of the Criminal Justice System in Scotland and other countries

What you will learn

The Accused's Journey

This unit looks at the accused’s journey from initial arrest through disposal, including any trial and sentencing, within the Scottish Criminal Justice System. It also looks at the efficacy of the Scottish System in comparison with other criminal justice systems.

Youth and Community Justice

This unit looks at the accused’s journey from initial arrest through disposal, including any trial and sentencing, within the Scottish Criminal Justice System. It also looks at the efficacy of the Scottish System in comparison with other criminal justice systems.

Community Learning and Development: Working with Young People

This unit is designed to enable learners to recognise and explore the key processes which influence the transition through early, middle and late-stage adolescence and to explore the nature, purpose and contexts of working effectively with young people in a community setting. The learner will gain a critical understanding of physical, social and cognitive elements within the adolescence journey, as well as explore key government policies which support the well-being of young people in Scotland. From this, there will be a particular focus on the resulting strategies which inform best practices in youth work.

How the course is assessed

The design principles for HN have encouraged a more holistic approach to assessment and, where appropriate for assessment purposes, a wide variety of possible ways of gathering evidence has been made available. These will involve either open-book or closed-book assessment instruments. This allows candidates to experience a range of assessments and helps them to develop different skills, which should be transferable to the next step of higher education or to employment. 

Number of days per week

This course is delivered via open learning. You will be required to attend college for an introduction to the course and meet your tutor for the course. You may also be required to attend college to complete assessments. Drop-in support sessions will be available with the tutor if required.

Entry requirements

  • This course is aimed at 5th & 6th-year students looking to study college courses
  • Applicants should be working towards one relevant Highers and achieve relevant National Qualifications 
  • A completed personal statement and submission of a task are required as part of the application process 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • Applicants may be required to attend course induction sessions and participate in a selection process, which may include a written task. You will be notified in advance of the details.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HNC or HND in Legal Services or Social Sciences
  • HNC Police Studies

Follow the link for further progression routes. Pathways

 

Career options

Career opportunities exist in the Law and Legal Services and also in the Police. The market research also continues to show that employers, in both the public and private sectors, accept the relevance of the Social Sciences in the workplace. Similarly, market research demonstrates that such qualifications could be useful to paralegals as the units provide them with some of the practical skills required by employers, as well as opening the door to other vocational opportunities existing in administrative or supervisory/management roles in business, finance, the commercial or public sector and the Police. Skills such as communication, time management and the ability to work with others were said to be fundamental to a learner’s employment prospects

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Part time 22/08/22 41 Weeks

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