Equivalent to one A-level.
Criminology is the study of the law enforcement and criminal justice system. This is an Applied General qualification designed primarily to support learners into progressing to university, higher level apprenticeships or employment. Some of the specific areas that criminology focuses on include:
- frequency of crimes
- location of crimes
- causes of crimes
- types of crimes
- social and individual consequences of crimes
- social reactions to crime
- individual reactions to crime
- governmental reactions to crime
You will develop skills and knowledge during the course, through the context of criminology. You will need to enjoy reading and putting forward explanations and arguments for why crimes are constructed and understood in a particular way. It is closely linked to Sociology and Law.
The course consists of 4 main units:
Unit 1 : Changing Awareness of Crime – explains the different types of crimes which take place in our society and which ones are likely to be reported to the Police, or not.
Unit 2 : Criminological Theories – different ways to interpret and analyse crime.
Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom – the process of a crime becoming a punishable offence. This unit will look at the moment a crime has been committed to reaching a verdict.
Unit 4: Crime and punishment – who is likely to get punished, how and why. This unit will also look at the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.
Units 1 and 3 are internally assessed. This will include a summative controlled assessment which lasts for 8 hours. Each unit will be assessed independently using a set of criteria, against which learners must produce evidence. This may take a variety of forms such as essay work, project work or anything else which demonstrates the necessary skills.
Units 2 and 4 are externally assessed. This will be a 90 minute examination for each of the units, with 75 marks available for each unit. There will be 3 question topics on each paper and learners will be expected to produce short and extended answers to questions. The questions will be applied problem-solving scenarios and will only be available at the end of each year. You must pass these exams to achieve the qualification.
The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.
The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.
You may go into a variety of careers with this qualification including youth work, policing or law. Many students will choose to go to university. Not all universities will accept Criminology to get onto a degree course if studied in conjunction with Sociology and/or Law.