Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
Criminology is an exciting new addition to our social sciences department. It is the scientific study of criminal behaviour, on individual, social and natural levels, and how it can be managed, controlled and prevented. In particular, the course explores what crime is, how it is socially constructed, who commits crimes and the criminal justice process, once a crime has been committed. This course will enable students to develop their critical analysis and judgement. It will enable them to articulate arguments effectively in class discussions and written assessments.
Topics that will be studied
Students will study how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality. They will then explore how campaigns are used to elicit change and then plan a campaign for change relating to crime. Students will study social constructions, theories and causes of criminality. This will then lead to a knowledge of the causes of policy change. Students will investigate the process of criminal investigations and review criminal case studies. They will learn about the different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in England and Wales.
This is an Extended Diploma equivalent to one A level.
The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is assessed through a combination of two written examinations, set and marked by the exam board, and two controlled assessments marked by the teacher. All assignments are worth 25% of the final grade.
Additional Course Entry Requirements
In addition to the general requirements for access onto BTEC courses, students will require a minimum of grade 4 in English.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Criminology is directly relevant to careers in the probation, police or prison services, social work, the legal profession, community development work and youth work. Students may go on to study criminology at degree level or move into a related field of social work, sociology, psychology or law.