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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Criminology|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|49709||National Certificate: Criminology|
|SGB Criminology and Criminal Justice|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|SAS SETA - Safety and Security SETA||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security||Safety in Society|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||134||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
|Purpose of the qualification
The purpose of the qualification is to equip learners with specific theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of crime and victimisation to enable them to explore a range of career opportunities in South Africa and internationally in order to contribute to a safer society at an individual, social and corporate level.
Learners who have achieved this qualification will have obtained the skills to:
The rationale for this qualification is to equip learners and persons with an interest in crime and victimisation with knowledge and skills needed for creating and maintaining safety in society. Crime and victimisation in South Africa have severe consequences for the sustained development of society, the economy and ecology. This qualification will provide expert knowledge to enable learners to deal effectively with crime, conflict and victimisation in the social and economic spheres. This will contribute to a more just and democratic society while operating within the framework of the SA Constitution and the Bill of Rights and any other relevant national, regional and international guidelines and/or conventions and treaties.
The qualification allows learners the opportunity to explore career options in the field of crime and victimisation.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
Recognition of previous learning
Learners who have met the requirements of any unit standard in this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA). The learner will be assessed against the specific outcomes and with the assessment criteria for the relevant unit standard/s.This recognition of prior learning may allow for:
Access to the qualification
Access to the qualification can be based on a formal Level 4 qualification such as the further Education and Training Certificate in Criminology.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|There should be a minimum of 134 credits at the exit level, Level 5 of the NQF.
Fundamental unit standards:
Core unit standards:
Elective unit standards:
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Identify specific risk factors contributing to crime and victimisation
2. Apply specialised techniques to assess the extent of an identified risk factor
3. Analyse the appropriateness of existing crime and victimisation strategies/programmes to deal with an identified risk factor
4. Develop an appropriate strategy/programme to address an identified risk factor
5. Implement a strategy/programme to deal effectively with crime and victimisation risk
6. Evaluate the success of the strategy/programme to reduce crime and victimisation risk
7. Use applicable techniques to report the outcome of a crime and victimisation strategy/programme.
Critical cross-field outcomes
The exit level outcomes and unit standards are consistent with the following critical cross-field outcomes listed in Section 7(3) of the NSB Regulations:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Learning and assessment should be integrated throughout this qualification. Summative assessment provides an opportunity for learners to demonstrate that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and activities across unit standards to achieve the necessary competence to deal effectively with crime and victimisation. Continuous formative assessment is required to ensure that students are given feedback on their progress towards the achievement of specific learning outcomes. Integrated assessment should integrate the body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the exit level outcomes as a whole.
Assignments must be designed to achieve the following:
The importance of integrated assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and to ensure that the purpose of this qualification is achieved.
The achievement of applied competence of this qualification will be demonstrated if the learner is able to contribute towards the use of appropriate techniques and procedures to implement and manage appropriate strategies/programmes to deal effectively with identified crime and victimisation problems by communicating ideas, concepts and arguments verbally and in writing.To ensure this, all exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes must be assessed.
Learners must be assessed on individual work and as part of a team during formative and summative assessment.
During formative and summative assessments, the assessment methods must include observations (e.g. use appropriate techniques and procedures to identify problems), product evaluation (e.g. analyse existing strategies/programmes and evaluate their effectiveness, prepare a context specific report) and questioning (oral or written) to provide sufficient opportunity to the learner to demonstrate applied competence.
Exit level summative assessments of this qualification may include the assessment of knowledge (theoretical examinations).Greater weighting should be given to the application of knowledge, skills and values to enhance safety and security in society in order to integrate theory and practice.
The above-mentioned assessment processes are also capable of being applied to the recognition of prior learning.
|The following were consulted:
Only one level 5-criminology qualification registered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority could be found. This Scottish qualification is fairly similar to this qualification as the outcomes and performance criteria also deal with aspects such as the extent and nature of crime, social, economic, individual and environmental crime approaches and perspectives, aspects of the criminal justice system and the analysis of specific crime problems.
The level descriptors set for NQF level 5 by SAQA are internationally recognised criteria used by National Quality Assurance Authorities in England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and the USA as is evident by the following criteria set for level 5 qualifications by the UK:
Competence, which involves the application of a range of fundamental principles across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts. Very substantial personal autonomy and often significant responsibility for the work of others and for the allocation of substantial resources features strongly, as do personal accountabilities for analysis, diagnosis, design, planning, execution and evaluation.
The qualification also meets the notional learning time and credits set for the UK Level 5 qualifications.
Information was also obtained from the following African universities:
None of the African Universities consulted teach criminology as an independent discipline and criminology either forms part of the teaching modules in the law faculty (e.g. Zimbabwe and Namibia) or the departments of sociology (e.g. Lesotho, Swaziland, Nairobi, Makerere (Uganda)) and none present a level 5 qualification.
Other national institutions and providers were also consulted during the standards generating process to ensure best practices.
It is therefore felt that the National Certificate in Criminology makes a unique contribution to learning with a special relevance and applicability to South Africa.
|On completion of this qualification learners will be able to proceed to the level 6 Criminology diploma or the level 7 Bachelor of qualification. Horizontally this qualification articulates with certain National Certificates at level 5:
|Internal moderation must be available according to the provider's policy while external moderation must be based on accredited/registered external examiners (external to the provider) who should be recognised experts in their field. Both internal and external moderators should have at least a master's degree from a recognised tertiary institution. All moderators must be registered with the relevant ETQA.|
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|Equal weight is given to crime and victimisation.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||119757||Analyse existing strategies/programmes to address a specific crime and victimisation risk||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119756||Design an appropriate strategy/programme to address crime and victimisation risk||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119760||Evaluate the effectiveness of a crime and victimisation strategy/programme to reduce risk||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119758||Explain individual, social and corporate factors contributing to crime and victimisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119759||Manage a crime and victimisation strategy/programme to reduce risk||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119761||Prepare a context specific report setting out the measures to address crime and victimisation risk and the results achieved||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119762||Report the results of the crime and victimisation strategy/programme||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119754||Use existing legislation, policy and protocols to guide the development of strategy/programme to reduce crime and victimisation risk||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119755||Use specific techniques to identify risk factors contributing to crime and victimisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Fundamental||15234||Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||14047||Apply Sound Management Practices in Order to Achieve Short to Mid Term Objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Fundamental||15231||Create and use a range of resources to effectively manage teams, sections, departments or divisions||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||15238||Devise and apply strategies to establish and maintain relationships||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Fundamental||12433||Use communication techniques effectively||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||365142||Apply counter human trafficking strategies within an immigration context||Level 5||NQF Level 05||10|
|Elective||365139||Demonstrate an understanding of human trafficking and its legal implications||Level 5||NQF Level 05||5|
|Elective||115229||Examine crime and victimisation trends and patterns with reference to specific types of crime and victimisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||115823||Gather and manage information for decision-making||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||15229||Implement codes of conduct in the team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Elective||15230||Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||365140||Implement counter human trafficking strategies in a psycho-social and health environment||Level 6||NQF Level 06||15|
|Elective||7881||Manage workplace diversity||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||5|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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