A Level Programme

Criminology Level 3

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About this course

Criminology combines elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology and if you-™re interested in the answers to the following questions then this is the course for you:

  • What types of crime take place in our society?
  • How do we explain the reluctance of victims to come forward about crimes?
  • What makes someone a serial killer, or abusive towards their own families?
  • What happens to a suspect once charged by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service?
  • What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality?

What will I learn?

Changing Awareness of Crime
This will enable you to understand the different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. You will also look at how campaigns for change have impacted on changing public perceptions of crime.

Criminological Theories
You will gain an understanding of why people commit crime according to biological, psychological and sociological perspectives. You will also assess the use of criminological theories in informing policy development.

Crime Scene to Courtroom
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. This will include the roles of personnel, investigative techniques, processing evidence, requirements of the CPS, and the trial process.

Crime and Punishment
Here you will be able to apply your understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through controlled assessments and written exams.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths.

Where can it take me?

  • College - an exciting range of higher level course, including Counselling and Teaching
  • University - related degree such as Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and Law
Social Worker
Probation Officer
Police Officer
Legal Assistant
Charity Worker

Additional Information

This course should be combined with A Levels. Good combinations include Law and English.