Introduction to Criminal Law Level 3

Course code: OSC1010
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Explore the fascinating world of criminal law from home!

  • This is an ideal course for anyone considering a career in criminology or criminal law.
  • Improve your knowledge of how the criminal justice system operates in society.
Course Overview

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. Completed coursework is delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple. You will also have a personal tutor who will be there to offer you support every step of the way.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long-term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 120 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Introduction to Criminal Law Level 3.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Tutor-marked assignments.

Course Content
  • Criminal law
  • Sources of criminal law
  • Precedent
  • Ratio decidendi and obiter dicta
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Elements of criminal liability
  • Mens rea and actus reus
  • Specific and basic intent crimes
  • The criminal court system
  • The magistrates court and the crown court
  • Appeals
  • The legal profession: judges, magistrates and juries
  • The crown prosecution service
  • Sentencing
  • Types of sentence
  • Legal aid for criminal cases
  • The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • Stop and search
  • Search of premises
  • Arrest
  • Time limits relating to detention
  • Custody officer
  • Rights of the detained person
  • Fingerprints and body samples
  • Out of court disposal
  • Complaints against the police
  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Blackmail
  • Fraud
  • Damage to property
  • Simple criminal damage
  • Aggravated criminal damage
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Offences against the Person Act 1861
  • Wounding
  • Psychiatric injury
  • Actual and grievous bodily harm
  • Law in action
  • General defences
  • Law reform
  • Murder
  • Causation
  • Mens rea of murder
  • The actus reus of murder
  • Joint enterprise
  • Partial defences to murder
  • Manslaughter (voluntary and involuntary)
  • Gross negligence manslaughter