Course Duration: 2 years Course Level: Level 3 Certificate
Criminology b -

Why study Criminology?

  • I am interested in learning more about the Criminal Justice System in the UK and why offenders commit crimes
  • I am thinking of studying other related humanities subjects, such as Psychology, Law and Sociology
  • I want to develop a range of transferable skills for my future career, including oral and written communication skills, the ability to solve problems, provide skills of project-based research, development and presentation.

What does the course consist of?

Criminology is about crime and punishment. It is an exciting interdisciplinary subject that draws on law, psychology and sociology to examine how crime is defined, why people commit crimes, the perceptions of crime, why some crimes are unreported and how society responds.

Unit 1 Changing awareness of crime (First year unit)

Unit 2 Criminological theories (First year unit)

Unit 3 Crime scene to courtroom (Second year unit)

Unit 4 Crime and punishment (Second year unit).

How is this course assessed?

  • Two 8 hour controlled assessments held December – January (Units 1 and 3) and two external exams held in May – June (Units 2 and 4)
  • Graded A*-E.

Please be aware that for qualifications awarded from 2020 onwards candidates must pass all units in order to achieve a grade for the qualification.

What might this course lead on to?

  • Study of Psychology, Law, Sociology or other Humanities based subjects at university
  • The course will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work.
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