Criminology (SCQF Level 6) NPA

What is special about this course?

This National Progression Award (NPA) allows learners to study criminology, including the complex nature of crime and the problems of measuring crime.

It develops an understanding of the criminal justice system and provides bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study. The award focuses on areas such as the nature and extent of crime, and forensic psychology.

Criminology is the scientific study of crime, including its causes, responses by the criminal justice system, and methods of prevention. In both the mandatory and optional units, you will study the nature and extent of crime, crime in the community, forensic science and crime control strategies.

Entry requirements

3 relevant qualifications at SCQF level 5 or equivalent e.g history, english, modern studies etc
Alternative entry requirements will be considered

The following subjects are covered:

  • Criminology: Nature and Extent of Crime
  • Criminology: Crime Control Strategies
  • Criminology: Forensic Psychology

How will I study my course?

  • Day release

You will study through short lectures, group discussions, reflection on practice and individual study. Some of this will be delivered face-to-face and some units will be delivered online via virtual classroom.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Day release = 1 academic year  

College ½ day per week from the end of August to the end of June.  

How will I be assessed?

    There are a variety of assessment methods used within this qualification. There will be written assessments, short tests, presentations and discussion.

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study in related social sciences. NC Social Sciences; HNC Social Sciences and onwards to a Criminology degree.

Is there more information available online?

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