Not all types of crime are alike. Are you interested in the different types of crime that take place in our society? Are criminals born, or made? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What are the different roles of everyone involved when a crime is detected? then perhaps you are interested to know more about the new exciting course in Criminology?.

Criminology is the study of the reasons why individuals commit crime. By understanding why a person commits a crime, we can develop ways to control crime or rehabilitate the criminal. This course will enable you to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and suggest ways of reducing crime. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.

Course Outline
Year 12

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime
You will explore how crime reporting affects the public perception of crime and criminals. You will then go on to study how campaigns are used to bring about change and plan a campaign of your own.
Unit 2 – Criminological Theories
You will discover and assess all the theories that have been put forward to explain why crime occurs.

Year 13

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom
You will gain an understanding of the process of criminal investigations. You will then go on to learn about the prosecution of suspects and be able to review criminal cases.
Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment
You will study every aspect of the criminal justice system and the types and purposes of punishment in England & Wales.


The course is divided into 4 units and therefore it is a modular structure. You will be assessed at the end of every unit. There are opportunities for assessment in January and June of each year.
Units 1 & 3 are internally assessed by your teachers in examination conditions on computers. Units 2 & 4 are examined through a 90 minute external written paper.
Units 1 & 2 lead to a Level 3 Certificate in Criminology, worth 50% of the final Level 3 Diploma.
Successful completion of the 4 units, over the 2 years, leads to the Level 3 Diploma, which is equivalent to an A-level and carries the same UCAS points.
Examining Board – WJEC (EDUQAS).

Special Entry Requirements

The standard A level entry requirements apply.

Prohibited Options

None. The popularity of this course is growing rapidly nationally and students are combining it with a wide range of A-level subjects. For example, it could be taken in combination with other Social Science subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Economics, Business and/or Law, or it might be an attractive option for students focusing on 2 or 3 Science subjects such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Career and Progression Opportunities

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in Criminology. This course can provide a route into Higher Education to study at degree level in a variety of areas such as Criminology, Criminal Justice, Psychology and Forensic Science. The course would also provide an excellent basis to anyone wishing to pursue a career within Social Work, Mental Health, the Police Force, Customs and Immigration, Prison Services, Court Services, Security Services, the NHS, Education and Youth and Community Services.

Teaching Methods

Approaches to learning will be very active and varied. You will make use of information drawn from journal articles, websites, video clips, books, newspapers and leaflets. You will take part in sessions led by visiting speakers from local Universities and people working in the field such as the Police, Probation Officers and Social Workers. You will visit local courts, attend relevant conferences and work with journalists in regional newspapers, radio and TV. You will be working individually and in groups on projects such as ‘the organisation of a publicity campaign’ or ‘tracking a particular criminal investigation’. There is of course a specification to be covered and a range of skills to be developed if you are to be successful in the internal and external assessments. You can be confident that your teachers will fully prepare you to succeed on this exciting new course.

Other Information

You will be provided with all teaching resources on this course, but you may incur a small cost for local transport to attend organised visits from time to time and if you attend a conference with key-note speakers.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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