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

Why study Criminology?

In Criminology we examine how crime is defined, why people commit crimes, the perceptions of crime, why some crimes are unreported, how society responds to criminal activity and how we punish offenders. We explore crime statistics and how we can reduce crime rates and successfully rehabilitate criminal individuals as well as how physical evidence such as hairs, blood and fingerprints are collected from crime scenes and how this can prove innocence or guilt. There will be opportunities to debate the controversial criminological theories of crime and investigate their implications in our Criminal Justice System. Studying Criminology will allow you to understand the culture of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system alongside giving you the opportunity to delve further into biological, individualistic, and sociological reasons for criminal behaviour.

Course Overview

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

Unit 2: Criminological Theories

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Court Room

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment


Access a career path including Barrister, Civil Service, Paralegal, Police Officer, Probation Officer, Prison Officer, Solicitor, Forensic Scientist, Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Youth Worker, Teacher Politician, Teacher, Media Communications and Public Relations, Publisher, Journalism and Political Aide amongst many more.

What subjects go well with Criminology?

Here at SSFC you can study a combination of three subjects. We recommend taking Sociology, Psychology, or a science-based subject such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Applied Science. However, all our other subject offerings will complement the Criminology well.

Entry requirements

As Criminology is an essay-based subject, we require you to have a grade 4 or above in English. IT knowledge is also preferred as there is a controlled assessment element in Criminology.

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