Criminology NPA @ SCQF Level 5

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This is a College Academy link programme for those in senior phase schools.

It will interest you if you want to develop your knowledge of understanding criminal behaviour and crime. You may be interested in a career in police, law, social work, probation service, legal services or community work.

Most of us will have a fascination for trying to understand the criminal mind. This will likely have been developed from watching popular crime shows or reading crime novels. You may even be watching popular shows that demonstrate the forensic analysis of solving a crime. If you watch any of these shows such as CSI, or Criminal Minds – then this may really be the right area of study for you!

Much of this programme can be delivered online with set face to face days throughout the year. If you are attending online, you will require a quiet area and headphones as well as a laptop/chromebook type device with a camera.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


100% attendance whether online or face to face and engagement with all lessons is essential.

Entry Requirements

  • You should have four National 4 full awards including English and another written subject such as history, psychology or modern studies.
  • Please make sure to answer the Supporting Information Questions on the application form, with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.
  • You should have access to a device with a camera, mic and speakers for online lessons, and for typing up portfolios and assessments as well as storing notes. The college has a limited number of devices it can lend, please tick the appropriate box on your application if you have no appropriate device.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Make the most of your application, this is a popular course taking only a small group of students and we cannot guarantee space for every applicant.

Course Content

Applications of Sociology and Crime, Criminology and Crime Scenes, Crime in the Community


Portfolio, oral presentations, academic posters, group work, practical and some closed book assessments


Successful completion of this programme with a satisfactory Tutor reference and attendance will allow you to apply for a place in one of our level 6 programmes such as Health and Social Care Theory (which includes social sciences and communities), or perhaps alongside other qualifications you might want to go on and study law.

Career Prospects

You might be looking for a career in uniformed services, such as the police, but are more likely to go on and study at the next level.

Additional funding information

As a school pupil you will not be eligible for further funding.

Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson

Selling Points

Interesting course which links well with social sciences, working with communities and humanities.

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