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Criminology Course


Professional Development

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
  • Be awarded the Level 3 ABC externally validated Certificate

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.

‘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

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 11 monthly instalments of £25
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £345 £325 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.

*ABC registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.

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