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NPA Criminology - Blended Learning

Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
Various start dates
Qualification Type
Course Type
31 weeks (Tuesday evenings)


New dates pending

Wondering if you should study NPA Criminology? Do you spend your evenings in front of the TV cracking the cases in Silent Witness or Nordic Noir? Or do you just have a genuine interest in the nature of crime and the criminal justice system? It is time to put this to use!

This National Progression Award (NPA) in Criminology allows you to study criminology, including the complex nature of crime and the problems of measuring crime. It is delivered via blended learning, with some time spent on campus at Anniesland and some time online via Microsoft Teams.

What will I learn?

NPA 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.

There will be a combination of practical and knowledge-based assessments. This will involve both open and closed-book assessments. 

Note: The nature of criminology is challenging and includes sensitive topics.

You will complete three SQA units:

  1. Criminology: Nature and Extent of Crime
  2. Crime in Society
  3. Criminology: Crime Control Strategies

You will also develop a range of knowledge and skills specific to the study of criminology, including:

  • How the study of crime and criminology contributes to our understanding of the modern world and human behaviour
  • An understanding of the criminal justice system
  • An open-minded, critical and evaluative approach to study
  • The importance of evidence-based research, including investigation and research skills
  • The causes of crime, including competing views, perspectives, theories and evidence.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Any relevant units or qualifications at SCQF level 5.
  • Interest in criminology, sociology and psychology.
  • A Higher English or Higher social subject is desirable

Jobs and further study

The NPA would provide progression to National Qualifications at SCQF level 6 or HNC at SCQF level 7.

The award could also provide progression towards some of The Open University programmes.

This may include progression to HNC/D courses in Legal Services, Police Studies, Social Sciences, Working with Communities, Care and Administrative Practice, Social Services.

(Successful achievement of an HNC/HND may allow you to progress onto a degree programme. For example, BA Criminology, BA Criminal Justice, BA Law, BA Social Sciences)

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6064