Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, extent, management, causes, control, consequences, and prevention of criminal behaviour, both on the individual and social levels. Criminology is an interdisciplinary field in both the behavioural and social sciences, drawing especially upon the research of Sociologists, Psychologists and Philosophers.
Studying criminology will not only teach students content and subject knowledge but equip them with various transferable skills desirable in a range of careers. Skills taught and enhanced include:
- The ability to absorb large quantities of information (such as different sociological concepts and studies).
- Analyse and evaluate information from a variety of information formats.
- Interpret crime scene scenarios and form judgements.
- Make judgements leading to well supported and consistent arguments and conclusions.
TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT:
Criminology is taught by specialist teachers who deliver varied, stimulating and challenging lessons for their students.
Some content is also delivered by visiting practitioners and there are regular opportunities for students to visit relevant organisations such as courts and police units.
There are regular assessment opportunities where student’s progress is monitored, assisting them to make sustained improvement.
Criminology is taught over 2 years, leading to a Level 3 qualification.
It is a very popular Sixth Form option.
Course entry requires a minimum of a Grade 5 GCSEs. With a good pass in English.
*A good understanding of current affairs is also beneficial.
This is essential and it is strongly encouraged.
Students can source suitable criminology books such as those listed below and use various websites such as:
* Criminology 4th Edition – by Stephen Jones
* Media and Crime: Key Approaches to Criminology – by Yvonne Jewkes
* Criminology 2nd Edition – by Tim Newburn
* Channel 4 documentaries – ‘Killer behind Bars’, Folk Devils & Moral Panics’ – BY Stan Cohen
Sixth Form: Years 12 and 13 (2015 specification onwards)
We study the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology
- Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime
- Unit 2: Criminological Theories
- Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom
- Unit 4: Crime and Punishment
50% of this paper is assessed through internal assessment and 50% is through external examinations.
- Internal Assessments: Units 1 and 3
- External Assessments: Units 2 and 4
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES SUPPORTED BY CRIMINOLOGY:
Tough Nickel reports that careers relating to Criminology have been on the increase and are set to continue.
Criminology students often follow careers in: Law, Criminal Justice System, Police Service, Prison Service Management, Probation Service, Sociology & Psychology.
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