Criminology is about crime and punishment. It is an exciting interdisciplinary subject that combines aspects of law, psychology and sociology to look at how crime is defined, why people commit crimes, and how society responds. Studying criminology will allow you to understand the culture of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, including the police, courts, prosecution services, prisons and rehabilitation services.
This qualification will appeal to students who are interested in criminal behaviour, the criminal justice system and may be considering careers in related areas. Criminology combines well with a variety of subjects at A-Level such as law, sociology and psychology.
You will need five GCSEs at grades 5-9, including English Language.
You’ll cover topics such as:
- The changing awareness of crime
- Perceptions of crime
- Why some crimes go unreported
- Criminological theories
- Crime scene to courtroom
- Crime and punishment
This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. There will be two externally assessed exams and two internally assessed units. Your coursework will involve planning a campaign for change relating to crime and designing effective materials for use in campaigning for change.
After the completion of this course you can progress to further study at university and this could then lead to a career in industries such as teaching, social work, human resource management, journalism, youth work, police or a prison officer.
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Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!
Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.
College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.
Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.
College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.
A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.
You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.
A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.
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