Criminology SCQF level 6

What is special about this course?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in finding out more about Criminology. The course provides a sound grounding in three key areas – The Nature and Extent of Crime, Crime Scenes and Forensic Psychology.

Visits to the Police Station, the Court and relevant Community Justice Seminars, and different visiting speakers, including retired Police Officers and Restorative Justice Practitioners, add depth and variety to the course.

Entry requirements

English at National 5, Standard Grade at Credit Level, or equivalent

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Four units:

Nature and Extent of Crime (SCQF Level 6):

This unit is designed to introduce students to the history of crime and the variety of approaches and methods of research which characterise the discipline of criminology.  The different ways in which  crime can be measured is also covered.

Crime Scenes (SCQF Level 5):

This unit introduces students to the principles of assessing and managing crime scenes, including collecting physical and psychological evidence.

Forensic Psychology (SCQF Level 6):

This unit provides students with an introduction to the work of Forensic Psychologists in the Police, the Courts and the Prison Service.  It also covers different treatment and rehabilitation methods and their effectiveness, the nature/nurture debate, and the features of extraordinary criminals.

Crime in the community (SCQF Level 5):

A unit that focuses on describing and categorising crime in a local community – here the focus will be on Shetland. Comparisons will be made between Shetland and other Scottish regions. This module also considers the role of the media in the perception of crime within the community. Again we draw on local media and contrast with national reporting. This module will also look at measures within the community to address crime, particularly looking at the police presence within Shetland and describing actions taken against offenders.


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will study part-time at the college, one day a week for one academic year.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Part-time (1 full day at College). Criminology classes run on a Wednesday.

Where can I study my course?

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    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


    Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

    Part-time students can apply to have their fees paid or waived.  More information is available from the Guidance Co-ordinator at Shetland College UHI, Klaudia Grubska. See the funding page for more information.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Academic: on successful completion of this course you may choose to study the rest of the NC Social Science course, or to apply for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) programme or undergraduate degree course, in subjects such as social sciences, psychology, sociology, teacher training, social policy, or behavioural science.

    Employment/Career: popular career choices following on from a social science course include central and local government, the voluntary sector, social welfare, public relations, education, finance, health and social care, all areas of the criminal justice system, the media, public services, campaigning and research.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland College UHI. Shetland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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