BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Criminology

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board:


2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A level

Course Content:

  • Changing Awareness of Crime: You will learn about the wide range of crime that occurs in society and the reasons people have for not always reporting crime. You will explore the ways in which the media portrays crime and the effect this might have on our perceptions of crime. You will gain an understanding of the social implications of crime and criminality.
  • Criminological Theories: You will examine theories behind why people commit crime and will explore the differences between criminal behaviour and deviance.
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom: You will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been detected through investigation of crime and on to the criminal trial process that may result in a guilty verdict.
  • Crime and Punishment: You will learn about the criminal justice system in England and Wales, considering the effectiveness of social control in delivering criminal justice policy.


50% examination (two 90-minute exam papers) and 50% controlled assessment (coursework)

Studying at Alton College:

You will learn in lots of different ways: through problem-solving, teacher-led discussion, quizzes and other activities. Learning will involve you working individually and small and medium-sized groups, in which you will debate and share ideas. There will also be visits and talks. Through this approach you will gain valuable employability skills, which will help you with further studies in the future and in any chosen career, including a role within the criminal justice system e.g. police officer, court personnel, probation officer.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including a grade 4 in English.

Course costs:

Printed course materials - £25

Criminology works well with:

This course could be studied alongside other vocational level 3 qualifications, such as Applied Science (Forensics) or Uniformed Public Services, or alongside more traditional A levels such as Law, Psychology and Sociology.