- Year 1 & 2
50% exam; 50% assignment/controlled assessment
- Exam board
WJEC (Single Diploma)
What Will You Learn?
This qualification looks at the types of crime that take place within our society. How do we decide which behaviour is criminal? How do we explain why some people commit crime and how can we use different theories of criminality to explain this behaviour? You will study real life cases in order to gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the crime scene, all the way to the courtroom and look at how social control is achieved within our society. If you have a genuine interest in understanding a criminal's mind; you want to understand the different types of crime; and you want to understand how crimes lead to different punishments, then this could be the course for you.
During the first year, you will study two Certificate units. Within these units, you will look at different types of crime and public perceptions of crime, gaining an understanding of why some crimes go unreported to the police and media. The second Certificate unit, through its focus on a series of criminological theories, also allows learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crimes. During the second year of the course, the Diploma units will foster a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system and you will develop the skills needed to examine criminal cases and review verdicts. You’ll look at the roles of personnel and processes involved from the moment a crime takes place until the verdict itself is passed. In the final unit, you will apply your knowledge of criminological theories to understand how and why we use punishment within the criminal justice system in order to achieve social control. You will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of social control agencies, such as the police and prisons in achieving their aims.
Criminology integrates psychology, sociology and law and is also taught by a varied team of staff across departments. There are opportunities to go on visits, trips and to experience guest speakers. Access to bespoke workshops is organised, if additional support is needed.
Where Will This Lead?
Studying Criminology will give you lots of options for your career, especially if you are interested in working with criminals or within the judicial system. This is because it develops a number of valuable transferable skills. Examples of careers are: detective/police work, pathologist, teacher, prison officer, probation officer, researcher, boarder force officer, forensic analyst, paralegal/solicitor/roles within the court system, local government officer, and youth justice worker.