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Applied Criminology

What is Applied Criminology?

Applied Criminology looks at the types of crime that take place within our society. The course examines how we decide what behaviour is deemed ‘criminal’. Additionally, it looks at the roles of the personnel involved when a crime is detected. If you have aspirations to work in the Police Force, a legal profession or forensic sciences, or have a keen interest in crime and criminal behaviour, then this course could be for you.

What Will You Study on Applied Criminology?

During the first year, you will look at different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes go unreported. The second unit in year one will allow learners to begin to gain an understanding of why people commit crimes.

For the second year of the course, you will start by gaining a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system, from a crime scene to the courtroom. You’ll look at the different processes and personnel involved from the moment identification of a crime takes place, all the way through to the verdict.

In the final unit, you will apply your understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories. As well as the process of bringing an accused to court, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

What Next after Completing Applied Criminology?

This subject provides a valuable first step for university courses in Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Law or other subjects. In terms of careers, it can assist students in progressing onto multiple professions. From within local government, the probation service, civil service, forensic psychology and the police force, to name a few.

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What are the Entry Requirements for Applied Criminology?

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in English Language.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

What is the Course Type for Applied Criminology?

Level 3 Applied General Diploma – equivalent to one A-Level.