Criminology - New!

As part of this course, you will consider all of aspects of crime across four units.

UNIT 1: Changing Awareness of Crime. This will enable students to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. UNIT 2: Criminological Theories. Students gain an understanding of why people commit crime, considering what different types of crime take place in our society and who decides what behaviours are against the law? UNIT 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom. Provide students with an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. UNIT 4: Crime and Punishment. Students will apply their 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.


This course is useful to students who would like to study higher education courses, such as BSc Criminology, BA Criminology and BA Criminology and Criminal Justice. Alternatively, the qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

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Entry criteria

Grade 4 in English and Maths and at least Grade 4 in three related GCSEs.


2 x 1.5 hour exams (external assessment) and controlled assessment (internally assessed coursework)

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