Applied A Level Criminology

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Course programme:
A Level Courses
Area of study:
Social Sciences
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Course Requirements: 

At least five GCSE grades 9 to 5, including at least a grade 5 in English.

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Why study this course?

When you hear about a crime that has occurred, do you wonder how someone could commit such an act? Are you curious about what happens to someone after they’ve been accused of a crime, or what happens to them when they go to prison? Do you enjoy researching and working independently alongside your classmates? Are you good at being creative and solving problems? If so, then the study of criminology is for you.

What will I study?

You will study crimes, criminals, crime victims, theories explaining illegal and/or deviant behaviour, the social reaction to crime, the effectiveness of anti-crime policies and the broader political terrain of social control. You will look at what happens in police stations and courts, behind prison bars, in board rooms, and on battlefields. You will study famous case studies of many different criminals from around the globe and as criminologists you will look at the broader contexts of the criminal’s behaviour and try to work out reasons why they have committed the crime.

How is this course assessed?

Two 1 hour 30 minute exams, each worth 25%, and two coursework units, each worth 25%.

What can I study with this course?

Criminology combines well with many subjects, such as psychology, sociology and public services.

Where does this qualification lead?

Studying criminology can lead to many careers such as: probation officer, police officer, prison guard, social worker, solicitor, youth worker, teacher, adult guidance worker, housing manager, local government officer, social researcher, solicitor or barrister, forensic officer and offender profiler.

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