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Criminology aims to answer a number of key questions in society such as:

  • How do we explain why people commit crime?
  • What makes someone become a serial killer, or abusive to their own families?

Knowing about different criminological theories will give you a sharper insight into the kind of thinking used by experts and politicians to explain crime and criminality.

The course provides an understanding of crime and deviance but also gives an insight into the range of related careers.  Criminology L3 is equivalent to an AS/A level.

Assessment

  • 50% from 1 controlled assessment
  • 50% from 1 exam.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and an average GCSE score of 5.00 or higher.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail admissions@eastnorfolk.ac.uk. We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.

Content

Year 1: Certificate

  • Changing Awareness of Crime: Not all types of crime are alike. What different types of crime take place in our society? What kinds of crime exist about which we know very little, or which are simply not reported to the police and the media?  How do we explain people's reluctance to come forward about crimes of which they have been the victim?  At the end of this unit, you will have gained skills to enable you to differentiate between myth and reality when it comes to crime and to recognise that common representations may be misleading and inaccurate. 
  • Criminological Theories: How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone a serial killer, or abusive to their own families?    Criminologists have produced theoretical explanations of why people commit crime, but which is the most useful?  Are these theories relevant to all types of crime? You will gain the skills to apply the theories to a specific crime or criminal in order to understand both the behaviour and the theory.

Year 2: Diploma

You will take two units:

  • From Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • Crime and Punishment

Outcome/Progression

The course aims to provide an understanding of crime and deviance and provide an insight into careers in criminology. It now has UCAS points attached to it and accepted at universities. 

Course Information

Level

Level 3 Certificate

Course Work

Exams

50%