Level: Professional Development – QLS Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Criminology to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

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.

Course overview

‘A criminologist’ is one whose professional training, occupational role and reward are concentrated towards a scientific approach, study and analysis of the phenomena of crime and criminal behaviour’. – Wolfgang 1963.

Why do people study crime and criminal behaviour?  There are a variety of answers built around the anxiety and fear responses to crime, the desire to predict and control crime, the hope of preventing crime and the simple desire to learn more about crime and what it can tell us about the society we live in.


  • Lesson One
    • An Introduction to Criminology
      • Why Study Criminology?
      • Anxiety, Anger and the Fear of Crime
    • The Emergence of European Criminology
      • The Classical School
      • Caesar Beccaria
      • Jeremy Bentham
    • Criminal Behaviour and How it Develops
      • Factors that Contribute to Criminal Behaviour
  • Lesson Two
    • The Causes of Crime Explained
      • The Disadvantages of Unemployment
    • The Causes of Delinquency
      • Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
  • Lesson Three
    • Juvenile Crime
    • Growth of the Underclass
    • Treatment of Criminals
  • Lesson Four
    • Early Forms of Punishment
      • Public Humiliation
      • Torture
    • The Death Sentence
      • The Hanging Judge
      • Avoiding the Hangman
    • The Lawmakers
      • The Magna Carta
      • Law of the Empire
      • Justice through Testing
      • The Law of God
      • Superstition
      • King James the First
  • Lesson Five
    • Penology
      • Newgate Prison
      • Victorian Prison Life
      • Hygiene
      • The Prison Infirmary
      • Prison Hulks (Convict Ships)
      • Human Trade
      • Solitary Confinement
      • The Prison Chapel
  • Lesson Six
    • Modern Day Prisons
      • Prison Population and the Cost
      • The Numbers Crisis
      • Overcrowding
    • The Cost of Crime
      • Compensation
  • Lesson Seven
    • The Sentencing Process
      • Principles of Sentencing
      • The Retributive Theory
      • Punishment for Young Offenders
      • Secure Units
  • Lesson Eight
    • Young Offenders’ Institutions
      • Other Penalties for Young Offenders
    • Punishment for Adults
      • Prison Sentences
    • Violence and Aggression
      • Types of Aggression
      • Gaining from Aggression
      • Learning Aggression with a Purpose
      • Summary

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.