NPA Criminology SCQF level 5

NPA Criminology SCQF level 5

This National Progression Award (NPA) introduces learners to criminology, including its history, the role of the media and crime prevention.

It develops knowledge and understanding of the way crime and criminal justice operates and provides bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study.

It covers areas such as crime in the community and crime scenes.

This qualification is available through schools, colleges and training providers.

NPAs can be taught as a full-time course over one year or as a part-time course over two years.

The nature of criminology is challenging and includes sensitive topics such as domestic violence and sexual abuse. All centres need to consider the suitability of this course for their learners.

Why study this qualification

The NPA in Criminology at SCQF level 5 is designed for a wide range of learners, including:

  • learners who are at school or who have just left school
  • adults returning to education
  • those who are looking to access National Certificate programmes

The qualification is also suitable if you have an interest in criminology.

You will develop investigation and research skills, plus a basic understanding of the criminal justice system.

You will also develop important skills in organising and planning, time management and referencing.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the school, college or training provider. However, if you are thinking of entering the SCQF level 5 award it is recommended that you should have relevant units or qualifications at SCQF level 4.

Employment and progression

You could use this SCQF level 5 award to progress to study at SCQF level 6.

Qualification structure

Group award code: GR4E 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 5

This National Progression Award consists of 1 mandatory unit (6 SCQF credit points) and 2 optional units (12 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory unit is: J48F 45 Criminology: Crime in the Community

See the group award specification (364 KB) for the full list of mandatory and optional units.

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Qualification structure

Group award code: GR4E 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 5

This National Progression Award consists of 1 mandatory unit (6 SCQF credit points) and 2 optional units (12 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory unit is: J48F 45 Criminology: Crime in the Community

See the group award specification (364 KB) for the full list of mandatory and optional units.

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How to assess

Assessment will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. See the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

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