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  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology)

This Course at a Glance

  • Helps you get qualified for professional crime prevention careers
  • Learn about feminist criminology, crimes of state, and the criminal court process
  • Understand the role of the Forensic Psychologist and how they affect both juries and eyewitnesses
  • Study a criminology degree without A Levels
  • 100% online learning
  • No exams

About your Diploma

Whether it be greed, passion, jealousy, or desperation, there can be any number of reasons why a person would commit a crime. This means the route to discovering the truth is often incredibly complex, interesting, and in many cases, highly unexpected.

If you often find yourself enthralled in a crime book or the latest criminal docu-series, you can turn your innate investigative skills into a highly rewarding and important career. From Police Officers to Criminologists and Crime Scene Investigators, there is a vast number of jobs that rely on the understanding of deviant behaviour.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology) can help you get on track to fighting and preventing crime, by equipping you with the ideal foundation knowledge ahead of a criminology-related degree. Not only will you begin to understand the cause of a crime, you will also consider the social impact of it and the prevention methods that are in place to stop it from happening again.

Just some of the many interesting units you will explore include:

  • Understanding Crime & Deviance
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Crime & Media
  • Criminal Justice & Social Policy
  • Criminal Law & Procedures

All of this, and the fact the qualification is a nationally recognised equivalent to A Levels, will help you get on your way to a crime-related degree programme within a year.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, helping learners all over the UK achieve their life and career goals through convenient online education. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology) provides a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Being an entirely online course, you can study it at home in your free time. You have 12 months to complete the learning materials, but the majority of our learners finish within 9 months due to the flexible nature of the study programme.

This helps you achieve your goal of reaching university quickly. What’s more, our Individual Learning Plan will help you stay on track throughout your studies, as you’ll have an outline of the submission deadlines for your assignments.

*Please note, as each university sets its own entry requirements, you will need to check your chosen institution accepts this qualification before you enrol.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology), you will receive a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: 40013431).

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Anyone wishing to enrol on this online criminology course can view the entry requirements below:

GCSEs

You don’t need any prior qualifications to enrol on this online criminology course, However, you will need a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above by the time you apply to university.

This is because these qualifications are typically included in the entry requirements list for university degrees. Should you not have them, you can simply work towards them while completing your Access to HE Diploma, as many of our other learners do successfully.

University Entry Criteria

Each university sets its own admission criteria, so it is your responsibility to check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted.

In many cases, to get started on criminology university courses, you will need:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade
  • A face-to-face interview at the university
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)

Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be held accountable if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

*Please note, this online criminology course is for UK residents only.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months. Should you need longer to complete it you can purchase extensions through your learning platform.

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information, or central ideas

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 3: Introduction to Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

Unit 4: Understanding Crime & Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

Unit 5: Sociology of the Family

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views

Unit 6: Measurements of Crime

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sources of crime statistics
  • Understand the reliability of published statistics on crime
  • Understand factors that are not reflected in criminal statistics

Unit 7: Social Relationships

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories of interpersonal relationships
  • Understand differing explanations and research evidence relating to the stages of relationships
  • Understand the effects of interpersonal relationships on the individual

Unit 8: The Criminology of Prisons

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the philosophical approaches to imprisonment
  • Understand the categories of prison and their relative costs
  • Understand the effects of imprisonment on the individual and society

Unit 9: The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major subdivisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Unit 10: Mental Health & Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders

Unit 11: Situational Aspects of Crime

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the rationale for developing environmental methods of crime control
  • Understand how crime prevention can be addressed by manipulating risks and rewards for both victim and perpetrator
  • Understand environmental methods of crime control addressed through the theory of routine activity

Unit 12: Crime & Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the link between public perceptions of crime and criminality, and the news media
  • Understand the link between public perceptions of crime and criminality and the film and television media
  • Understand the link between public perceptions of crime and criminality and the media- social media
  • Understand the criminological research into the links between crime and media

Unit 13: Forensic Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the roles of the Forensic Psychologist
  • Understand how psychologists have contributed to jury behaviour and eyewitness memory
  • Understand offender profiling
  • Be able to apply an offender profiling technique

Unit 14: Criminal Justice & Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand models of crime prevention
  • Understand theories of crime control
  • Understand criminal justice theories as informed by different political perspectives

Unit 15: Criminal Law & Procedures

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the criminal court process and its personnel
  • Understand sentencing policy and procedures

Unit 16: Extended Essay

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to develop and plan an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title
  • Be able to produce an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title

Unit 17: Human Rights, the Individual & the Law

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the general scope and application of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Understand the impact and interrelationship of specific Convention Rights
  • Understand the status and effect of the Human Rights Act 1998

Unit 18: Critical Criminology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the arguments of Right and Left Realism
  • Understand key debates within feminist criminology
  • Understand arguments regarding human rights and crimes of the state
  • Understand current developments in criminology

You will be tested through a range of end-of-unit assignments which are designed to give you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification.

To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology)

This Course at a Glance

  • Helps you get qualified for professional crime prevention careers
  • Learn about feminist criminology, crimes of state, and the criminal court process
  • Understand the role of the Forensic Psychologist and how they affect both juries and eyewitnesses
  • Study a criminology degree without A Levels
  • 100% online learning
  • No exams

About your Diploma

Whether it be greed, passion, jealousy, or desperation, there can be any number of reasons why a person would commit a crime. This means the route to discovering the truth is often incredibly complex, interesting, and in many cases, highly unexpected.

If you often find yourself enthralled in a crime book or the latest criminal docu-series, you can turn your innate investigative skills into a highly rewarding and important career. From Police Officers to Criminologists and Crime Scene Investigators, there is a vast number of jobs that rely on the understanding of deviant behaviour.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology) can help you get on track to fighting and preventing crime, by equipping you with the ideal foundation knowledge ahead of a criminology-related degree. Not only will you begin to understand the cause of a crime, you will also consider the social impact of it and the prevention methods that are in place to stop it from happening again.

Just some of the many interesting units you will explore include:

  • Understanding Crime & Deviance
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Crime & Media
  • Criminal Justice & Social Policy
  • Criminal Law & Procedures

All of this, and the fact the qualification is a nationally recognised equivalent to A Levels, will help you get on your way to a crime-related degree programme within a year.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, helping learners all over the UK achieve their life and career goals through convenient online education. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology) provides a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Being an entirely online course, you can study it at home in your free time. You have 12 months to complete the learning materials, but the majority of our learners finish within 9 months due to the flexible nature of the study programme.

This helps you achieve your goal of reaching university quickly. What’s more, our Individual Learning Plan will help you stay on track throughout your studies, as you’ll have an outline of the submission deadlines for your assignments.

*Please note, as each university sets its own entry requirements, you will need to check your chosen institution accepts this qualification before you enrol.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Criminology), you will receive a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: 40013431).

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information, or central ideas

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 3: Introduction to Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

Unit 4: Understanding Crime & Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

Unit 5: Sociology of the Family

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views

Unit 6: Measurements of Crime

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sources of crime statistics
  • Understand the reliability of published statistics on crime
  • Understand factors that are not reflected in criminal statistics

Unit 7: Social Relationships

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories of interpersonal relationships
  • Understand differing explanations and research evidence relating to the stages of relationships
  • Understand the effects of interpersonal relationships on the individual

Unit 8: The Criminology of Prisons

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the philosophical approaches to imprisonment
  • Understand the categories of prison and their relative costs
  • Understand the effects of imprisonment on the individual and society

Unit 9: The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major subdivisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Unit 10: Mental Health & Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders

Unit 11: Situational Aspects of Crime

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the rationale for developing environmental methods of crime control
  • Understand how crime prevention can be addressed by manipulating risks and rewards for both victim and perpetrator
  • Understand environmental methods of crime control addressed through the theory of routine activity

Unit 12: Crime & Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the link between public perceptions of crime and criminality, and the news media
  • Understand the link between public perceptions of crime and criminality and the film and television media
  • Understand the link between public perceptions of crime and criminality and the media- social media
  • Understand the criminological research into the links between crime and media

Unit 13: Forensic Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the roles of the Forensic Psychologist
  • Understand how psychologists have contributed to jury behaviour and eyewitness memory
  • Understand offender profiling
  • Be able to apply an offender profiling technique

Unit 14: Criminal Justice & Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand models of crime prevention
  • Understand theories of crime control
  • Understand criminal justice theories as informed by different political perspectives

Unit 15: Criminal Law & Procedures

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the criminal court process and its personnel
  • Understand sentencing policy and procedures

Unit 16: Extended Essay

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to develop and plan an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title
  • Be able to produce an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title

Unit 17: Human Rights, the Individual & the Law

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the general scope and application of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Understand the impact and interrelationship of specific Convention Rights
  • Understand the status and effect of the Human Rights Act 1998

Unit 18: Critical Criminology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the arguments of Right and Left Realism
  • Understand key debates within feminist criminology
  • Understand arguments regarding human rights and crimes of the state
  • Understand current developments in criminology

You will be tested through a range of end-of-unit assignments which are designed to give you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification.

To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

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