Course Overview

Introduction to Criminal Law Level 3

Course code: OSC1010

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Discover the fascinating subject of Criminal Law, from home!

This is an ideal course for anyone wanting to pursue a career in criminology or criminal law, and for those who want to improve their knowledge of how the criminal justice system operates in society.

A good knowledge of criminal law is useful to a wide range of professions. These include the police force, the Crown prosecution service, government social policy and social work, to name only a few.

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!

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Course Content
Unit 1: General Principles of Criminal Liability
  • 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
Unit 2: The Courts and Access to Legal Advice
  • 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
Unit 3: Police Powers
  • 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
Unit 4: Property Offences
  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Blackmail
  • Fraud
  • Damage to Property
  • Simple criminal damage
  • Aggravated criminal damage
Unit 5: Non-Fatal Violence Offences Against the Person
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Offences against the Person Act 1861
  • Wounding
  • Psychiatric injury
  • Actual and Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Law in Action
  • General Defences
  • Law Reform
Unit 6: Unlawful Homicide
  • Murder
  • Causation
  • Mens Rea of Murder
  • The Actus Reus of Murder
  • Joint Enterprise
  • Partial Defences to Murder
  • Manslaughter (voluntary and involuntary)
  • Gross Negligence manslaughter
Other Information

Assessment

The Criminal Law course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or sent to you via email. You will also receive our award-winning tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
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Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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