Criminology Applied Certificate

Not all crimes are alike. What different types of crime exist? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? How do we explain why people commit crime? What happens to those who commit a crime? Why and how do we punish people? What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality?

These, and other, similar questions are discussed and debated in the study of criminology.

Students of criminology should have an interest in the world around them. An awareness of the role of the media in our perception of crime is beneficial. Learners should be curious about the reasons crimes are committed, and open to new ideas as we explore and challenge our preconceptions.


Hastings (Station Plaza)


Level 3

Course Type

16 +


A Level


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 01113y1 09/09/24 26/06/26

What will I study?

The course is divided into two parts – the certificate (year one) and the diploma (year two).

In the first year, you will study unit 1 - different types of crimes, why people report / don’t report crime, and campaigns for change in criminal law – and unit 2: Criminological Theories, looking at different perspectives of why people commit crimes.

In the second year, you will study unit 3, which take us from crime scene to courtroom, from forensics to trial, and unit 4, which considers what happens with sentencing and the reasons people obey the law (or not).

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 5 in English Language.

How will I be assessed?

The first and third units are assessed through a controlled assessment, which takes place during class time – you can have notes for this assessment. It normally takes place around January of each year. The second and fourth units are assessed through a 1½ hour exam at the end of each year. In addition, you will have regular homework and assessment practice.

Due to the nature of the course, criminology requires you to apply your knowledge and understanding of the subject in real world situations, so that instead of explaining theory, you are using the theory to come to real life solutions.

What can I do after completing this course?

Most students will go on to study at university, often on criminology courses. Students may also pursue further study in related disciplines such as law, sociology and psychology.

An understanding of criminology is useful in a variety of careers, such as the police, social work, the probation service or youth work.

Are there any extra costs?

We recommend that you purchase the textbook, which is around £20 each year. We also arrange a number of trips throughout the course, for which there will be additional costs.

Additional Info

We hold a number of events for students where they can hear from respected academics and practicing criminologists throughout the year. In addition, we will visit a variety of locations connected with the criminal justice system, especially the courts.

If you would like more information about the course, please contact Fritha Watson on or Nanouska Tighe on

You can also find more information on the college website and the Eduqas Criminology website.

You should apply using the college’s application system on the website. Applicants will be invited to the college for an interview where they can discuss their course choices, before being made an offer of a place.