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Criminal Law (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special offer only: €314
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Criminal Law (5N3787).
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.

Course Description

This course proposes to give the student the knowledge, skill and competence of the principles and practice underpinning criminal law and the application of criminal law in legal practice.

 

Who should complete this course?

  • The programme is suitable for those from a non-legal background or those whose activities involve them in the practical aspects of law and legislation.
  • People who want to gain an understanding of the Irish Criminal System
  • People who want to gain an appreciation of the elements required for a crime to be committed.
  • People who want to acquire skills in evaluation and analysis.

 

Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • develop a general understanding of the Irish Criminal System
  • develop an appreciation of the elements required for a crime to be committed
  • evaluate the impact of relevant legislation governing the various aspects of criminal law to be investigated
  • acquire skills in evaluation and analysis
  • be familiar with the language and procedures elated to the various aspects of criminal law studied.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification. Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.

The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension. Assignments may be emailed or posted to the College whichever is more convenient.

Course Details

 

Topics covered include:

The specific learning outcomes are grouped into 5 units.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Irish Criminal Law System
Unit 2: The Criminal Court System and Arrest and Detention
Unit 3: The Crime of Homicide
Unit 4: Theft, Burglary, Aggravated Burglary and Robbery
Unit 5: Defences to a crime.

 

Programme Entry Requirements:

  • Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences. Learners are expected to be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information for a Level 5 award and more complex information for Level 6 award.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you. You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.

 

Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 credit towards the FETAC Major award at Level 5 in Legal Studies (5M3789).

 

Assessment:

Assignments x 2: 60%
Examination (Theory- Based): 40%

Assignments:

The internal assessor will devise two briefs that require candidates to produce evidence that demonstrates an understanding and application of a range of specific learning outcomes.

Each brief will require candidates to investigate topic(s) appropriate to the Irish Criminal System and in the context of the candidate’s vocational area. Topics for each assignment will be drawn from different units of the module. The assignments may take the form of a court case report, a small scale research study or investigative report. The evidence for each assignment will include:

  • an application of the main principles of criminal law
  • relevant examples and/or case law
  • an evaluation of the impact of the law on individual’s personal and vocational lives.

All assignments carry equal marks

Examination
The internal assessor will devise a theory-based examination that assess candidates’ ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to short answer and structured questions. These questions may be answered in different media such as writing or orally.
The examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes and will be 2 hours in duration.

Accreditation

  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Criminal Law (5N3787) from QQI.
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This QQI Criminal Law 5N3787 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient.

If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.