The Criminology - Level 3 Course is designed for anyone interested in criminology and learning more about crime, its causes and prevention.

The aim of this self-study course is to provide a comprehensive guide to the criminology and examines in detail a range of criminal activity together with detection and prevention methods in common use.

This is an ideal course for anyone wishing to improve knowledge of crime, its impact on society, and the ways in which justice is administered.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following 15 Modules:-

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Criminology

In this Unit you will learn to: Define what Criminology is and have an understanding of the theories used.

  • Unit Two - Criminal Statistics

In this Unit you will learn to: Study the trends of modern day criminal statistics.

  • Unit Three - The UK Justice System

In this Unit you will learn to: Gain an understanding of the UK Justice system and have reference to key legal terms.

  • Unit Four - Understanding Drugs

In this Unit you will learn to: Describe a large range of drugs, what effects they have, their methods of use, their prevalence, production and marketing and common street names.

  • Unit Five - Understanding Violence

In this Unit you will learn to: Describe different forms of violence and reasons for it.

  • Unit Six - Understanding Property Crime

In this Unit you will learn to: Describe different forms of property crime and understand when and where they occur.

  • Unit Seven - Understanding Crime & the Community

In this Unit you will learn to: Understanding the role of the community in crime prevention.

  • Unit Eight - Understanding Trans-national and Organised Crime

In this Unit you will learn to: Describe various forms of organised and trans-national crime.

  • Unit Nine - Understanding High Tech Crime

In this Unit you will learn to: Understand the use of computers and internet technology in support of criminal activities.

  • Unit Ten - Understanding Crime Prevention

In this Unit you will learn to: Describe how to focus on the causes of crime and use problem solving tools in order to significantly reduce or eliminate the factors that can to lead crime.

  • Unit Eleven - Understanding Youth Crime

In this Unit you will learn to: Understand why youths turn to crime and why everyone has a role in supporting youth and preventing youth crime.

  • Unit Twelve - Understanding Anti-Social Behaviour

In this Unit you will learn to: Describe different forms of anti-social behaviour, who it affects, its long terms effects and approaches to tackling it.

  • Unit Thirteen - Introduction to Forensic Psychology

In this Unit you will learn to: Describe what Forensic Psychology is, how it works; from basic theories and principles, through research, understanding and explaining results, to the actual application of psychological techniques.

  • Unit Fourteen - Introduction to Criminal Profiling

In this Unit you will learn to: Understand what is meant by Criminal profiling, and how the use of scientific methods, logical reasoning, sources of information on people, criminology, victimology, and experience or skill is employed to interpret the events that surround the commission of a crime.

  • Unit Fifteen - The Theories of Terrorism

In this Unit you will learn to: Understanding what terrorism is and why it is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious ends.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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