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Criminology | Level 3 Diploma

Vocational & BTEC

What are the main features of this course?

Criminology is an interesting field, which includes aspects of law, psychology and sociology. The course examines theories about the causes of different types of crime and what makes some people more criminal than others. You will find about why certain crimes are underreported and will be given the opportunity to create a campaign for change that increases awareness. Year 2 focuses more closely on crime and punishment, asking questions about how and why we punish crimes, and what the purpose of the criminal justice system is. You will learn about the procedures around crime, from crime scene to courtroom, and you will gain an understanding of how the criminal justice system works. You will be asked to review a criminal case in order to ensure that it has been tried fairly.

Hours of lessons per week: 5

Indicative group size: 25

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed using a combination of examinations and controlled assessments. You will sit one controlled assessment and one exam in your first year. There will be a second controlled assessment and one exam in your second year. The controlled assessments will take place part way through the year, and the exams will be in the summer.

Where can I go next?

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, including police officers, probation and prison officers, and social workers. With their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, criminology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.

Why do some crimes go unreported? Is there such thing as a ‘victimless’ crime? What makes a serial killer? Are some people born ‘bad’? In Criminology you will attempt to answer all these questions and more!

Ella Hyland Criminology Teacher