Criminology is the study of the reasons
why individuals commit crimes. You will gain an understanding of why a person commits a crime, 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 explore the social constructions, theories and causes of criminality; and how these lead to changes in policy. You will understand the process of criminal investigations, investigating 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.
Throughout your course you will take part in
real-life campaigns, forensic investigations and meet members of the police force and other relevant organisations to hear how they approach the task of fighting crime. You’ll be invited on trips to the court, University Taster Days and meet visitors from prisons and local support groups.
You will understand how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality. You will realise how campaigns are used to elicit change and plan and design a campaign for change relating to crime. You will understand social constructions, theories and causes of criminality and a knowledge of the causes of policy change.
Understand the process of criminal investigations, the prosecution of suspects, and how to review criminal cases. You will learn about different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in the UK.
At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4.
Grade 4 in 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.