Criminology is the study of why individuals commit crimes.
You will gain an understanding of why a person commits a crime, and of strategies we can develop to control crime or rehabilitate a criminal. You will find out how crime reporting in the media affects the public perception of criminality, and you will explore the social constructions, theories and causes of criminality and how these lead to changes in policy.
You will examine the process of criminal investigations, studying the prosecution of suspects and learning how to review criminal cases; this supports your learning of the different processes in the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in England and Wales. You will also discover how campaigns are used to bring about change and then plan your own campaign for change relating to crime.
This course is the equivalent of studying 1 A Level.
By understanding why crimes are committed, we can develop ways to control crime or rehabilitate the criminal. You will develop skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review criminal cases. Throughout your course, you will take part in real-life campaigns, learn about forensics and meet members of the police force to hear how they approach the task of fighting crime. You'll be invited on trips to the court and you'll meet visitors from prisons and local support groups.
- Year 1: You will understand how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality. You will realise how campaigns are used to elicit change and plan a campaign for change relating to crime. You will understand social constructions, theories and causes of criminality and knowledge of the causes of policy change.
- Year 2: Understand the process of criminal investigations, the prosecution of suspects, and how to review criminal cases. You will learn about the different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in the UK.
In 2019 students took part in a stop and search discussion group to consider procedures. The college is visited by professionals such as police officers, prison workers, pathologists, forensics and crime reduction officers as well as victim support groups and council partnership managers. You will also get the unique opportunity to interview ex-offenders to hear about their experiences from behind bars. Practical activities like solving crimes through exploring available evidence.
At least 5 grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including GCSE English.
Criminology is directly relevant to careers in the probation, police or prison services, social work, the legal profession, community development work and youth work. You may go on to study Criminology at degree level or move into specific apprenticeships or jobs in related fields of social work, sociology, psychology or law.