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Criminology and the Legal System at QLS Level 3

Criminology and the Legal System at QLS Level 3
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This course is available in Paper format and Online.


Crime is a fascinating subject – we all know that! But why does it happen? How much of it exists? How is it changing? And how do we stop it? This engaging Criminology Distance Learning course will shed light onto all of these subjects and more.


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Criminology and the Legal System at QLS Level 3

Course code: CFP01

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3

The course will take you through the key aspects of how the study of Crime & Criminology  came about, focussing on the main theories. Criminology involves the study of many disciplines across a wide range from the behavioural sciences.

We then move on to studying the principal aspects of the Legal System, from the functions of the various courts to the people who have roles and responsibility for working within it including lawyers, judges, juries, witnesses, the Crown Prosecution Service and forensics experts. We also look at the issue of punishment and the range available to the courts.

Crime statistics are important in any study of Criminology as they attempt to provide a statistical measurement of crime, and we will be examining the different ways they can be collated as well as the uses that can be made of them.


Module 1 Criminology         

  • Definition
  • History
  • Classical
  • Positivism
  • Italian School
  • Lacassagne Discipline
  • Sociological positivism
  • Chicago School
  • Strain Theory
  • Social Learning
  • Control Theory

Module 2 The United Kingdom Legal System      

  • Civil Courts
  • High Court
  • Coroner’s Court
  • Courts-Martial
  • Magistrates’ Courts
  • Crown Courts
  • Youth Court
  • Court of Appeal
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Supreme Court
  • European Courts
  • The European Court of Human Rights
  • Police
  • The National Crime Agency
  • Trading Standards
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Private individuals and organisations
  • Prosecution and defence
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Sentencing
  • Imprisonment
  • Prison
  • Rehabilitation
  • Private Organisations

Module 3 Crime Statistics    

  • Reporting and Recording crime
  • Trends and Perceptions

Module 4 Crimes      

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • MDMA
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Violent Crimes
  • Property crime
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Organised or transnational crime

Module 5 Criminal Profiling

  • Forensic Psychology

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the 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 Kendal Publishing Ltd 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.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

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 also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us 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

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.


Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.




Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.