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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

This extensive Criminology home study pack from MyDistance Learning will introduce you to the study of Crime and the accompanying British Legal System. Criminology is the scientific sociological study of crime, criminals and the punishment of criminals..

The materials will take you through the key aspects of how the study of Crime – Criminology – came about, focusing on the main theories behind the development of what we understand Crime to be today. Of necessity, Criminology involves the study of many disciplines across a wide range from the behavioural sciences.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

Learning outcomes:

INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY

CRIMINAL STATISTICS

THE UK JUSTINCE SYTSTEM

UNDERSTANDING DRUGS

UNDERSTANDING VIOLENCE

UNDERSTANDING PROPERTY CRIME

UNDERSTANDING CRIME AND COMMUNITY

UNDERSTANDING TRASNS-NATIONAL AND ORGANISED CRIME

UNDERSTANDING HIGH TECH CRIME

UNDERSTANDING CRIME PREVENTION

UNDERSTANDING YOUTH CRIME

UNDERSTANDING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSHYCOLOGY

INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL PROFILING

INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY OF TERRORISM

Snapshot
The course covers the following syllabus:
Unit 1: Introduction to Criminology

Define what criminology is and have an understanding of the theories used.

Unit 2: Criminal Statistics

Study the trends of modern day criminal statistics.

Unit 3: The UK Justice System

Have an understanding of the UK justice system and have reference to key legal terms.

Unit 4: Understanding Drugs

Describe a large rang of drugs, what effects they have, their methods of use, their prevalence, production, marketing and common street names.

Unit 5: Understanding Violence

Describe different forms of violence and understand the possible reasons for it.

Unit 6: Understanding Property Crime

Describe different forms of property crime and understand when and where they occur.

Unit 7: Understanding Crime and the Community

Understand the role of the community in crime prevention.

Unit 8: Understanding Trans-national and Organised Crime

Describe various forms of organised and trans-national crime.

Unit 9: Understanding High Tech Crime

Understand the use of computers and Internet technology in support of criminal activities.

Unit 10: Understanding Crime Prevention

Describe how to focus on the causes of crime and use problem solving tools in order to significantly reduce or eliminate the factors that can lead to crime.

Unit 11: Understanding Youth Crime

Understand why youths turn to crime and why everyone has a role in supporting youth and preventing youth crime.

Unit 12: Understanding Anti-Social Behaviour

Describe different forms of anti-social behaviour, who it affects, its long term effects and approaches to tackling it.

Unit 13: Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Describe what forensic psychology is, how it works: from basic theories and principles, through research, understanding and explaining results, to the actual application of psychological techniques.

Unit 14: Introduction to Criminal Profiling

Understand what is meant by Criminal Profiling, and how the use of scientific methods, logical reasoning, victimology, and experience or skill is employed to interpret the events that surround the commission of a crime.

Unit 15: Introduction to the Theory of Terrorism

Understand what terrorism is and why it is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious ends.

Support

As a My Distance Learning College home learning student you will have access to your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. This will last for a full year from the day you receive the course.

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Who is this for?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will I cover?

Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is it accredited?

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

What will my studies prepare me for?

The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

What do I receive once I enrol?

You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

What is criminology?

Criminology is involvement in working with those who are serving prison sentences, involvement in working in law, working in a more scientific field and working in rehabilitation when prisoners are on release from their sentences.

Why did you decide to work in criminology?

I had always been interested in criminology from studying this at A-level. When I went on to study at university I knew I wanted to work within criminology but was not sure which field. I completed a project at university where I looked at what happened to prisoners on their release, I wanted to help these on release as there was still high statistics in re-offending. I knew then this was the field for me which I when I decided I wanted to become a Probation Officer.

What does a probation officer do on a day to day basis?

Probation officers work daily with those who are inside prison serving a sentence, they work with newly re-leased offenders to ensure they are settled with going back into the community giving them help over the first 6 months of release, e.g. gaining employment, living accommodation etc. They also work with the offenders to ensure they know how their crimes have affected the community and public.

What are the entry requirements to work as a probation officer?

Usually to work as a probation officer you would need to be employed to undertake Probation Officer training – you would usually have training under an Honours Degree in Community Justice and the Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice or the Graduate Diploma in Community Justice and Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.

What can I expect to earn as a Probation Officer?

Probation services officers earn between £21,000 - £27,000 a year

Qualified probation officers can earn between £28,000 - £35,000 a year

Monthly Subscription Plans

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Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

This extensive Criminology home study pack from MyDistance Learning will introduce you to the study of Crime and the accompanying British Legal System. Criminology is the scientific sociological study of crime, criminals and the punishment of criminals..

The materials will take you through the key aspects of how the study of Crime – Criminology – came about, focusing on the main theories behind the development of what we understand Crime to be today. Of necessity, Criminology involves the study of many disciplines across a wide range from the behavioural sciences.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

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