Criminology (Level 3)


Course Code EDNCCHSCPC06

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a diploma in Criminology. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Criminology course is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the Distance Learning Criminology Course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

This Level 3 Criminology Diploma is an extremely insightful home study course that has been created due to the popular demand of our Level 3 Certificate. The Criminology Diploma has been designed to give the learner information on the Criminal Justice system of the UK and how works.

Criminology is a broad subject area that draws on the study of crime, violence, victims, terrorism, criminal statistics and the criminal justice system. The Level 3 Criminology Diploma is a multi-disciplinary course that encompasses law, psychology and sociology in order to gain greater knowledge of this discipline and make informed conclusions.

Highlights of the Course

Course topics covered within the Criminology course include:

  • Children and Criminology
  • Young Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
  • The Anglo American Model and Labelling Theory
  • Critical Criminology.

The Criminology course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home in your own time and at your own pace.


What Could I Do After Taking This Diploma in Criminology Course?

With relevant Experience and Qualification, you could go on to become a Criminal intelligence Analyst. Criminal intelligence analysts look at crime information to identify patterns of criminal activity. In this role you’ll look at data from anti-social behaviour to corporate fraud, as well as violent and organised crime.

To do this job you’ll need a good eye for detail and a good memory. You’ll also need great communication and presentation skills. If you enjoy carrying out investigations and analysing records, this role could be perfect for you.

As a junior analyst you could earn around £16,000 to £20,000 a year. Once you’re fully trained you could earn between £20,000 and £35,000.*

*Figures are intended as a guideline only.​


Course Features

Your Criminology (Level 3) Course:

    The Criminology Diploma has been designed to give the learner information on the Criminal Justice system of the UK and how works.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Criminology (Level 3) course is: 200 Hours

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Key Topics

The NCFE Level 3 Criminology course is divided into twenty one comprehensive modules:

- Introduction to Criminology
- Chapter 1 Social Order Maintenance in Celtic & Roman Britain
- Chapter 2 Inequality before the Law
- Chapter 3 Criminalisation, Victims and the Role of the State
- Chapter 4 Classicism and Positivism
- Chapter 5 The Anglo American Model and the Chicago School of Criminology
- Chapter 6 Anomie, Social Control & Deviant Subculture Theories
- Chapter 7 Administrative Criminology
- Chapter 8 Labelling Theory and Critical Criminology
- Chapter 9 Right Realism
- Chapter 10 Left Idealism and Left Realism
- Chapter 11 Feminist Criminology
- Chapter 12 Ethnicity and Crime
- Chapter 13 Mentally Disordered Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
- Chapter 14 Young Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
- Chapter 15 Children and Criminology
- Chapter 16 Agencies of Social Control
- Chapter 17 The National Probation Service
- Chapter 18 Incarceration and Punishment
- Chapter 19 White Collar Crime
- Chapter 20 Violent Crime


This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

Theoretical information is provided throughout the Criminology Diploma, followed by a series of activities and essays that are to be completed and marked by your personal tutor. Each module contains one 500 word essay plus short questions.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a nationally recognised certificate will be awarded by NCFE as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Criminology and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Home Study Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials - online, designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Criminology course. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Home Study Resources

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.

This Level 3 in Criminology Course pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.


NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Criminology
At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by UKOL which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework  (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

In Scotland this course leads to a Level 6 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 6 on the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SQF).

In Ireland this course leads to a Level 5 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 5 on the Irish Qualifications Framework.

This course has been designed to meet specific learner requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited by NCFE.

Possible Career Path

Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Criminal intelligence analysts investigate crime data and other information sources to identify patterns of criminal activity. Police forces and security agencies use this information to: understand how patterns of criminal activity are linked, target individuals and their networks, tackle trends in particular crimes, for example fraud, drug smuggling or vehicle theft and plan initiatives to reduce future offending. Your duties as a criminal intelligence analyst could include: collecting information from local, national and international computer systems, updating intelligence records databases, analysing data using specialist software, building up a picture of crime ‘hotspots’ in an area (problem profiling), tracking the behaviour of suspect individuals or groups (targeted profiling), using intelligence data to help managers with resource planning (tactical assessment), reviewing the effectiveness of the analysis and recommending changes where necessary and acting as a witness during court proceedings. As a senior analyst, you may provide specialist advice and assess trends to help managers decide on future priorities (strategic assessment).

Find out more about the Job Role for Criminal Intelligence Analyst .

What's Included

Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Criminology home study course and earn your award:

  • Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
  • Completion Certificate
  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • One year educational support by e-mail.

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More than 150 years of Vocational Awarding, NCFE can trace their record of working with colleges and other providers back to their founding organisation...

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland


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Can I extend my tutor support if I do not complete within 12 months?

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Course Outline

How is the course structured?

The NCFE Level 3 Criminology course is divided into twenty one comprehensive modules:

Chapter1: Social Order Maintenance in Celtic & Roman Britain
Learning Objectives

- Understand and describe how social order was maintained in Celtic Britain
- Understand and describe how social order was maintained in Roman Britain
- Understand that the Celtic philosophy of punishment was community based involving fines, restitution, deterrence and rehabilitation
- Understand that the Roman philosophy of punishment was based on imprisonment, hard labour and the death penalty

Chapter 2: Inequality before the Law
Learning Objectives

- Understand that a period of chaos and civil strife followed the Roman withdrawal from Britain
- Understand that the early Christian church had a significant influence on the formulation of English law
- Understand that certain groups such as the church and those of noble birth were treated differently under evolving English law
- Understand that in addition to brutal punishment a system of fines provided a rich source of revenue for the early kings
- Understand that Anglo Saxon law and Danelaw existed simultaneously before being absorbed into a single legal system
- Understand that in the early 12th century the English legal system began to take a form recognisable today
- Understand that the poor and weak were more easily and readily criminalised than the rich and powerful.

Chapter 3: Criminalisation, Victims and the Role of the State
Learning Objectives

- Recognise that until the mid-19th century order maintenance was not a democratic process
- Recognise that all were not equal before the law
- Recognise that little attempt was made to discover or understand the causes of crime
- Understand that it was not until the mid-18th century that it was recognised that social factors contributed to criminal activity.

Chapter 4: Classicism & Positivism
Learning Objectives

- Recognise the key features of classicism
- Recognise the key features of positivism
- Recognise the differences in these approaches

Chapter 5: The Anglo American Model and the Chicago School of Criminology
Learning Objectives

- Understand that policing, courts and criminological research developed differently in Britain and the United States than it did in Europe
- Understand that criminological research in Britain and the United States follows a statistical, crime management model rather than a Lombrosian model
- Understand why ideas about crime attract criticism and why theorists should constructively criticise their own work before publication.

Chapter 6: Anomie, Social Control & Deviant Subculture Theories
Learning Objectives

- Have an understanding of Durkheim's theory of anomie
- Have an understanding of Merton's Strain theory
- Have an understanding of deviant subcultures
- Have an awareness of more recent research which seeks to consolidate the results of previous research.

Chapter 7: Administrative Criminology
Learning Objectives

- Have an awareness of the main features of routine activity theory
- Have an awareness of the main features of rational choice theory
- Understand the main differences between routine activity theory and rational choice theory.
- Have an awareness of crime science and the criticisms levelled against it
-Have an awareness of the links between rational choice theory and crime prevention theory

Chapter 8: Labelling Theory & Critical Criminology
Learning Objectives

- Understand the main argument of labelling theory
- Understand the main thrust of critical criminology
- Understand that critical theory was never fixed but was constantly developing before evolving into a number of separate theories in the 1980s.

Chapter 9: Right Realism
Learning Objectives

- Understand the main concerns of right realism
- Recognise the influence of classical and positivist schools of thought on right realism
- Recognise the weakness in right realist theory
- To construct evidenced based counter arguments.

Chapter 10: Left Idealism & Left Realism
Learning Objectives

Understand the main concerns of left idealism
- Understand the main concerns of left realism
- Understand the main difference between these two schools of thought.

Chapter 11: Feminist Criminology
Learning Objectives

- Understand that feminist criminology is a critical criminology
- Understand the main areas of research undertaken by feminist criminology
- Understand that conservative views of female offending were positivist views
- Recognise that feminist criminology has continued to develop since its inception.

Chapter 12: Ethnicity and Crime
Learning Objectives

- Recognise that black people appear to be treated differently by the criminal justice system
- Recognise that little research has been conducted into the crimogenic needs of black people
- Understand that black people perceive that they are treated differently even when they are victims of crime
- Understand that government has recognised that racism has been present within the criminal justice system and has taken steps to eliminate it.

Chapter 13: Mentally Disordered Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
Learning Objectives

- Understand what is meant by a mentally disordered person
- Recognise that looked after children are at greater risk of developing a mental disorder
- Have an understanding of police approaches to mentally disordered people
- Have an understanding of CPS approaches to mentally disordered people
- Have an understanding of the courts approaches to mentally disordered people
- Have an understanding of probation service approaches to mentally disordered people
- Have an understanding of prison service approaches to mentally disordered people

Chapter 14: Young Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
Learning Objectives

- Understand what is meant by a young offender
- Recognise that government policies in respect of young offenders follow a positivist approach
- Have an understanding of some of the diversionary approaches to young offenders
- Have an understanding of the punitive nature of the incarceration of young offenders

Chapter 15: Children and Criminology
Learning Objectives

- Identify common factors in children who kill
- Recognise that common factors are universal
- Recognise that poor parenting/caring can be a contributory factor
- Recognise some of the possible indicators of a potential child killer
- Recognise that society/families must share some of responsibility for the emergence of children who kill.

Chapter 16: Agencies of Social Control
Learning Objectives

- Understand what is meant by policing
- Recognise that policing is carried out by a number of agencies other than the police
- Understand that not all those who carry out a social control function are constables
- Understand that vastly different levels of screening, training and supervision apply across different social control agencies.

Chapter 17: The National Probation Service
Learning Objectives

- Have an awareness of the history of the probation service
- Understand the aims of the probation service
- Understand the role of the probation service.

Chapter 18: Incarceration and Punishment
Learning Objectives

- Understand that the modern prison service has its origins in a variety of methods of detention
- Recognise that imprisonment has not always been used against criminal offenders
- Recognise that imprisonment has sometimes been driven by political and economic motives
- Question whether imprisonment as a strategy for crime control actually works
- Recognise that vast improvements have occurred in the treatment of prison inmates
- Question why prison populations continue to rise.

Chapter 19: White Collar Crime
Learning Objectives

- Recognise which crimes are embraced by the term white collar crime
- Understand what is meant by insider trading
- Understand what is meant by money laundering
- Understand the difficulties in detecting and prosecuting white collar crime

Chapter 20: Violent Crime
Learning Objectives

- Understand why people fear violent crime
- Recognise which groups in society are most likely to be victims of crime
- Recognise why society makes distinctions between different types of violent crime
- Consider government reactions to crime and question their effectiveness in reducing fear of crime.

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Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore any registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Criminology home study course is £436.25, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £349 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £87.25 and then 4 equal payments of £87.25 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.

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With online & paper based study we post out the course materials to you and you can also access the course online. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

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Please note: to avoid potential abuse and to enable us to honour our price-match refund guarantee to genuine customers, the acceptance of all refund requests is ultimately at the discretion of Home Study Expert, who will at all times act reasonably and in good faith.

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Award Level Level 3 Diploma
Format Online / Paper
Study Time 200 Hours
Entry Requirements No Entry Requirements
£436.25 £349.00
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