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Level 3 Certificate & Diploma

Criminology A-Level

What’s to learn on the Criminology A-Level course?

Criminology A-Level looks at the types of crime that take place within our society and examines how we decide what behaviour is deemed ‘criminal’. It also looks at the roles of the personnel involved when a crime is detected. If you have aspirations to work in the Police Force, legal profession or forensic sciences, or have a keen interest in crime and criminal behaviour, then this course could be for you.

What Will You Study?

During the first year you will look at different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. The second unit in year one will allow learners to begin to gain an understanding of why people commit crime.

For the second year of the course, you will start by gaining a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system, from crime scene to courtroom. You’ll look at the different processes and personnel involved from the moment a crime has been identified, all the way through to the verdict.

In the final unit, you will apply your understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

What Next?

This subject provides a valuable first step for university courses in Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Law or other subjects. In terms of careers it can assist students in progressing onto professions within local government, the probation service, civil service, forensic psychology and the police force, to name a few.

Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in English Language.

Course Type

Level 3 Certificate and Diploma

What other subjects go well with this?

Sociology, Law, Psychology, Politics.

Did you know?

Scotland Yard, one of the world’s best-known police agencies, is built on top of an unsolved crime scene.


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