Why study criminology?
Why do people commit crime?What is the purpose of punishment and how should we punish people? What shapes our beliefs about crime?Students interested in exploring these fascinating questions would benefit from taking the criminology course.The course also has a ‘crime scene to court room’ element looking at the process of evidence and people who work in the Criminal Justice System who come together to prosecute a criminal offence.
What will I be learning about?
You will explore the reasons people commit crimes and ways governments have attempted to reduce crime, including the effectiveness of different forms of punishment.You will investigate the social impact of crime and beliefs about crime, looking at the influence of the media and the factors that lead to some crimes going unreported. Finally, you will examine the criminal process from start to finish so that you become able to investigate the security of guilty verdicts.
How will I be assessed?
The qualification is assessed through examinations and controlled assessments which are internally assessed and externally moderated.
Where will this lead?
Criminology will appeal to students who are interested in criminal justice and may be considering careers in related areas. Criminology combines well with a variety of subjects such as law, sociology and psychology, as well as with other Level 3 qualifications.
What are the entry requirements?
Five grade 9-4 at GCSE level including 5 or above from one of your GCSE English qualifications.You must be genuinely passionate about examining, debating and developing an understanding of criminology.