Why study criminology?

Criminology focuses on many aspects of crime from crime scene to court room. By linking theories to real life criminal cases, students will learn about a range of criminological theories and explanations of why people commit crime. We also explore the changing public perception of crime, campaigns for change and changes in law. Developing your knowledge of the criminal justice system and investigation process, you will also broaden and develop your understanding and opinions of justice, crime, punishment and the various agencies involved in these.

An interesting and diverse course, this could lead you to further study or careers in social sciences and social work, legal professions, law, psychology or journalism.

What will I learn about?

Changing awareness of crime
Students study a range of types of crime including public perception and media representation of these. You will also learn about why some crimes are unreported and how crimes are recorded. You will study a range of campaigns which have tried to change the law and learn how to plan a campaign for change.

Criminological theories
Studying a range of criminological theories and explanations of why people commit crime including biological, individualistic and sociological theories. These will be applied to real life situations and case studies.

Crime scene to courtroom
You will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the initial crime scene through the process of police investigation to the court room. You will also develop the skills to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

Crime and punishment
You will apply your understanding of criminality, criminological theories and bringing the accused to court to evaluate the effectiveness of social control in delivering criminal justice policy. We focus on agencies involved in the criminal justice system including the police, Crown Prosecution Service, probation and prisons.

How will I be assessed?

• Examinations
• Controlled assessments

Future pathways and careers

• Psychology
• Social sciences
• Law
• Social work
• Policing
• Probation work
• Media/journalism

Course level

Level 3 – applied certificate/diploma

Entry requirements

GCSE at grade 4 in English and grade 4 in maths or science.

Examination board



601/6249/1 (certificate)/ 601/6248/X (diploma)