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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Criminologists work in a range of social welfare posts, such as mental health support and drug rehabilitation, housing (as Housing Officers or in outreach support roles), Homelessness Officers, and in refugee and victim support/counselling. Major employers include central and local Government, the police and prison services, the court services, security services, and other non-profit-making organisations, including the NHS, educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime. Opportunities also exist in the private sector, for example in private security and in law practices.

By studying Level 3 Criminology, you will gain the required knowledge to be able to consider employment within a range of aspects of the criminal justice sector e.g. Probation Service, or use the qualification to support access to higher/further education courses e.g. Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law. Jobs directly related to criminology students include Community Development Worker, Immigration Officer, Police Officer, Prison Officer, Probation Officer, Social Worker and Youth worker.

A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level and the WJEC Level 3 Qualifications in Criminology provides a route, when supported by other Level 3 qualifications, into a variety of specialist Higher Education courses. It is expected to be accredited UCAS points for 2017/18, however, already a vast range of universities have submitted letters of support which confirm they agreed to accept this qualification as a part of ''a learner's portfolio'' for entry onto Criminology or related degree courses. This includes: Winchester University, Portsmouth University, Southampton Solent University, Durham University, University of Wales, Aberystwyth University, University of Wales, University of South Wales, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Glamorgan, Glyndwr University, Sunderland University, Northumbria University, The University of Nottingham and Teesside University (i.e. they will accept it as one A-level'' equivalent).

What are the entry requirements?

You should a have minimum of five GCSEs (A*-C or 9-4) including English, Maths and preferably at least one from Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History or a Humanities subject. Equivalent qualifications such as First Diplomas at Merit/Distinction grade may be considered if supported by GCSE English and Maths. You will also need to have a genuine interest in criminology and have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college, and complete a successful college interview.

What does this programme involve?

WJEC Level 3 Qualifications in Criminology.

You will study:

1 Changing Awareness of Crime
The purpose of this unit is for learners to plan campaigns for change relating to crime.

2 Criminological Theories
The purpose of this unit is for learners to apply their understanding of the public perceptions of crime and campaigns for change studied in Unit 1 with criminological theories to examine how both are used to set policy.

3 Crime Scene to Courtroom
Through this unit, learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

4 Crime and Punishment
The purpose of this unit is for learners to develop skills in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the process of social control in delivering policy in practice

The following units will be externally assessed:
Unit 2: Criminological Theories
Unit 4: Crime and Punishment
Details of the external assessment are as follows: 90-minute examination
The following units are internally assessed:
Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime
Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom
The following principles apply to the assessment of each internally assessed unit: Units are assessed through summative controlled assessment.

All students without a GCSE at grade A*-C / 9-4 grade in English or Maths (e.g. with iGCSE or other recognised L2 qualification) will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake a GCSE programme.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

You will be timetabled in college for four days each week. Hours will in general be from 08:45-16:30, however these may change if offsite activities are taking place. Activities may include visits to Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Winchester Universities and Hampshire Constabulary. This timetable allows plenty of time to complete your assessments and approximately seven hours per week will need to be put aside for independent study to complete assessments. The College Learning Centre will be available during non-timetabled days so you can study at home or at college. Learners must be available to come into college during the week if it is required for a specific activity or if requested by a member of staff to complete work.

Personnel who are currently working in the criminal justice system will visit during the course of the year (subject to availability) to give an insight into their work. Previous presentations have been from the Prison Service, Customs and Immigration and Hampshire Constabulary.

What else do I need to know?

Each academic year there will be a fee of 60 to cover the costs of the uniform, stationery and lockers (as described below) and to contribute towards the trips and activities undertaken over the year. Laboratory clothing (if required) will be allocated when this payment has been received.

We will provide:
-Stationery - Files, notepads, dividers, plastic wallets
-Locker - Key for student locker (to be returned at end of year)
-Scientific calculator
-Consumables for practical investigations

Criminology students are normally given the opportunity to complete an EFAW First Aid course.

Work experience placements may require students to plan and organise their own travel. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
CRMD1 Eastleigh College 10/09/2018 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,617.00 Apply now

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