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The inter-disciplinary nature of Criminology makes it a difficult term to define, this is because there are several ways of looking at it, depending on the background of the person defining it.

Criminology is:

". . . knowledge concerning the etiology, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. This includes the measurement and detection of crime, legislation and practice of criminal law, as well as the law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems."

In brief, the study of Criminology deals primarily with crime and punishment and our understanding of crime in the social context.

Throughout this course we will consider how we define crime, what cause crime and the consequences of crime. We will also consider the U.K legislative environment and what impact this has on the laws that are passed to try and mitigate the effects of crime. We then move on and look at a whole range of different types of crime.

Given the current focus on crime prevention at both a local and national level there has never been a better time to study a Diploma course in Criminology. There are a whole range of career opportunities waiting for you once you have completed your course, ranging from Community and Voluntary work to Police and Probationary work. You could even find yourself working in Journalism or for the Government!

This course covers topics such as:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Define what Criminology is and have an understanding of the theories used.
  • Criminal Statistics
  • Study the trends of modern day criminal statistics
  • The UK Justice System
  • Have an understanding of the UK Justice system and have reference to key legal term
  • Understanding Drugs
  • Describe a large range of drugs, what effects they have, their methods of use, their prevalence, production and marketing and common street names.
  • Understanding Violence
  • Describe different forms of violence and reasons for it.
  • Understanding Property Crime
  • Describe different forms of property crime and understand when and where they occur
  • Understanding Crime and the Community
  • Understanding the role of the community in crime prevention
  • Understanding Trans-national and Organized Crime
  • Describe various forms of organized and trans-national crime
  • Understanding High Tech Crime
  • Understand the use of computers and internet technology in support of criminal activities
  • Understanding Crime Prevention
  • 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
  • Understanding Youth Crime
  • Understand why youths turn to crime and why everyone has a role in supporting youth and preventing youth crime.
  • Understanding Anti-Social Behavior
  • Describe different forms of anti-social behavior, who it effects, its long terms effects and approaches to tackling it.
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • 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.
  • Introduction to Criminal Profiling
  • 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.
  • Introduction to the Theory of Terrorism
  • Understanding what terrorism is and why it is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious ends.


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Criminology Diploma

Criminology Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 3 Criminology Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 3 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 3, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 3 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9419
cost $394.00
estimated time to
complete course
120 Hours
course materials
365 Days