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!

Your lessons will be blended – this means there will be a combination of face-to-face lessons and online lessons.

 The course is challenging and quite a bit of study will be required out-with College time.

Course code





Tuesday morning 9:30-12:30

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.

Your personal statement in this application must be no less than 150 words.

The process of application involves providing a personal statement in which you demonstrate your self-awareness and ability to self-reflect. You should give your reasons for wishing to do the course. You should also describe the skills, and qualities you would bring to the course and the characteristics you have that would make you a good candidate for this programme.

You will be required to show evidence of negative lateral flow test for any days when you are required to attend in person lessons or use bookable space to study in college.

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

There are no requirements for an interview for this course but you should have a basic knowledge and an interest in the industry with a view to potentially looking to have a career within it if you would like to join this course.

Course Content

Applications of Forensic Science, 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 Access to Allied Health Professions (which includes social sciences/humanities) or our Working With Communities programme.

Career Prospects

You might be looking for a career in uniformed services, 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.