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Advanced Criminology Course

Criminology (Advanced)

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Advanced Criminology to expand your existing practice or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Criminology as a science has two basic objectives: to determine the cause of crime and criminal behaviour (personal & social) and to evolve the valid principles for the social control of crime. To assist us in achieving these objectives, criminology relies on the findings of biology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and other related subjects.  Understanding and explaining crime and social reaction to it helps us to predict and control it. This knowledge is of particular benefit to therapists working in the counselling field.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Why do we Choose to Study Crime?
    • History
    • Transportation and the Hulks
    • Cellular Confinement and Penal Servitude
    • Juveniles, Women and Invalids
    • History Repeating Itself – HMP Weare – ‘The Floating Prison’
  • Lesson Two
    • The Utilitarian Theory
    • Retributive Theories
      • Punishment Annuls Crime
      • Revenge
    • Crime and Class
    • Modelling
  • Lesson Three
    • Definitions of Crime
    • A Public Wrong
    • A Moral Wrong
    • The Criminal Justice System
    • Introduction
    • Strategic Plan to 2008
    • Delinquency and Crime
  • Lesson Four
    • Infancy
      • Categories
    • Violent Crime
      • How Does the Criminal Justice System Respond?
      • More Focused Intervention
  • Lesson Five
    • Police Procedures
    • Arrest
    • Arrest Under Warrant
    • Arrest Without a Warrant
    • Police Detention
    • Questioning and Treatment of Detained Persons
    • Cautioning
  • Lesson Six
    • Criminal and Civil Law
    • Commencement of Proceedings
    • Introduction and Definitions
    • Procedure
      • When an Accused is Charged with an Offence
      • When an Information is Laid before Justice
      • Summons or Warrant
      • The Contents of a Charge or Summons
      • Consequences of a Defective Information, Summons or Warrant
      • Exceptions to the General Rule
    • Jurisdiction
      • Summary Offences
      • Indictable Offences
    • Prosecuting in the Proceedings
      • The Right to Prosecute
      • Remand and Bail
  • Lesson Seven
    • Punishments Old and New
    • Principles of Sentencing
      • General Principles
      • Sentences on Offenders Aged 18 and Over
    • Mandatory Death Sentence
  • Lesson Eight
    • The History of Capital Punishment
      • The Hangman
    • Young Lives, Long Sentences
      • The Characteristics of Section 53s
      • The Exclusion of the Victim
  • Lesson Nine
    • Are Prisons Schools for Crime?
      • Contamination
    • What Causes Youth Crime?
      • Truancy and Exclusions
      • What Can be Done?
      • The New Labour Approach
      • Prevention is Better than Cure
      • Continuity in Offending and Deviance
      • Varieties of Criminal Career
  • Lesson Ten
    • Life sentenced Prisoners
      • Lifers’ Conviction to Release
      • Open Prison
      • Parole Board
      • Life Licence
  • Lesson Eleven
    • The Home Office
      • Statement of Purpose and Aims
      • Her Majesty’s Prison Service
      • Prison Population
      • Preventing Escape
      • Safety
      • Creating a Decent Environment
      • Constructive Regimes
      • Education
      • Work
      • Drug Misuse
      • Re-entering the Community
  • Lesson Twelve
    • Reconviction Rates
      • Introduction
      • Prisoners Discharged from Prison in 1993, England and Wales
      • Reconviction Rates by Year of Discharge or Sex
      • Reconviction Rates by Time since Discharge
      • Number of Reconvictions
      • Sentence Length
      • Sentence on First Reconviction
      • Reconviction Rates and the Percentage Recommitted to Prison
      • Types of Offence
      • Ethnic Groups
      • Comparison with Reconviction Rates for Community Penalties

No practical training is required to complete this course.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 12 monthly instalments of £25
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £370 £350 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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