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Criminology Advanced Diploma

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The Criminology Advanced Diploma has been produced to increase your knowledge of the Criminal Justice system in the UK.

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Level 4 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI647

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Course introduction

The aim of this course is to introduce learners to criminology as an area of study that tries to address the questions raised and to explore many key debates within criminology. This includes examining theoretical debates about the causes of crime and criminal behaviour and both historical and contemporary ideas about dealing with crime.

The course looks at persistent crime problems – such as youth crime, drugs, violence, and anti-social behaviour – and how they have been dealt with. Its aim is to develop an understanding of controversies around the causes of crime and criminal behaviour and consider how theoretical and practical ideas about crime lead to crime and criminal justice policy.

This is a level 4 customised course, providing essential knowledge of the principles of criminology and the study of crime and justice. In addition to providing knowledge and understanding of the core principles of criminology, the course encourages progression by helping learners to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for further study of specialist crime and justice topics at level 4.

You may already hold firm views about crime and criminal behaviour, although the course does not assume that you have any recent experience of studying crime. While the aim of this course is not necessarily to challenge your existing views, it may introduce you to new ways of looking at crime problems and debates taking place around crime and criminal behaviour. By studying criminology, you will develop a new language designed to cope with the study of crime and criminal behaviour. You will also gain a greater understanding of crime problems in contemporary Britain.

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge required; however, this course can be studied as a progression route from our current Level 3 Criminology Diploma.


This customised course is completed by submitting a number of tutor marked assignments to your tutor for feedback.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme 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 Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning 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 QLS Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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

Course modules

Module 1: Introduction to Criminology
Module 2: The UK Criminal Justice System
Module 3: Crime Data and Criminal Statistics
Module 4: Theories of Crime 1: Individuals and Crime
Module 5: Police and Policing
Module 6: Crime Prevention
Module 7: Victims and Victimisation
Module 8: The Courts and Sentencing
Module 9: Prisons and Probation
Module 10: Theories of Crime 2: Society and Crime
Module 11: Inequality and Crime
Module 12: Youth Crime
Module 13: Drugs and Crime
Module 14: Corporate Crime
Module 15: Transnational and Organised Crime
Module 16: Environmental Crime
Module 17: Cyber Crime
Module 18: Sexual Offences and Violent Crime
Module 19: Criminal Profiling
Module 20:Crime and the Media

Learner support

You will receive the Criminology Level 4 course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email.

Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your Level 4 Criminology Diploma. You can be assured that unlimited support is available for your home study Level 4 Criminology course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Criminology Advanced Diploma

M Byrne

“Excellent Service ”

I have started my Criminology Diploma Level 4, I am hoping to get into university after this. Such a easy and stress free set up with flexible plans. Even when going to university I have already planned to study again with NCC as like I said it’s stress free. My tutor is lovely, correcting me with any mistakes. I’m currently loving the course right now :)

Ria Kealey,

M Byrne

“Can not wait to start my Criminology…”

Can not wait to start my Criminology course. Very easy to enrol, with easy set up was enrolled in minutes. Clear pricing and great payment plans that don't break the bank.

Tracey McIlree,

M Byrne

“As I said in my previous feedback”

As I said in my previous feedback Is nice to have a tutor only for you! Lovely people, prepared to help anytime.

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M Byrne

“First Class service”

Enrolment was easy and painless provided by the excellent customer care. Pay monthly options and low first payments that can't be beaten to help anyone with further education.

Nico Williams,

M Byrne

“Highly recommended”

I've studied with NCC home learning now for the past 6 years, they provide the best support, and the best tutors, they make home learning so much easier, I have 7 children and still able to home study. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is thinking about studying from home, get in touch with them, their prices are great for what you achieve by the end of the course, well worth it. I am now in a job I never thought I would have, its thanks to NCC home learning I was able to gain these qualifications while at home to be in a job I wanted. Thank you NCC home learning for making that happen and helping me get the career I always wanted.

Hayley Byrne,

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Excellent. I am being supported with learning in a very clear and understandable manner. I am delighted to have chosen NCC as my course provider. My course tutor is very supportive.I recommend this institution to anyone.

Premchand Purgass,

M Byrne


Excellent. I am being supported with learning in a very clear and understandable manner. I am delighted to have chosen NCC as my course provider. My course tutor is very supportive.I recommend this institution to anyone.

Premchand Purgass,

M Byrne

“It's taken me 6 months to complete my…”

It's taken me 6 months to complete my criminology level 4 course. It was a great course and the work manual was easy to understand. I would like to thank my tutor Philip Boyce for helping me get through my course he's a great tutor who has supported me all the way.
I would also like to thank ceri Morgan who despite me nagging her all the time was always happy to help but sorry ceri the nagging doesn't end here I will be taking another course out soon

Nadia Khan,

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