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New Courses for 2018

Starting in September 2018, we are delighted to be offering two new courses:

Criminology

Level 3 Certificate & Diploma

Exam Board: WJEC

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

What is Criminology?

Criminology 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 the criminal justice system 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.

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Sociology, Law, Psychology, Government and Politics.

Core Maths

Level 3 Certificate (Equivalent to 0.5 A Level)
Can be taken in Year 12 or 13

Exam Board: AQA

With a growing demand in all workplaces for employees with a good level of Mathematics, it is imperative that you prepare yourself for life after college by ensuring your maths skills make you a great candidate for any job. If you aren’t planning on going into the working world straight away, and instead want to go to university to undertake a degree course, having a maths qualification beyond GCSE makes you stand out in your application, even if you are hoping to study something without any large maths content. You should also be aware that the rigour of maths in many courses at university is very demanding even if you are planning to study something which doesn’t seem particularly mathematical.

You will study the course in one year for just two lessons per week and you could earn up to 20 UCAS points. If you are studying Science, Business or Social Sciences, then the course content will overlap with your current programme of study. If you are doing subjects outside of these programs of study then this additional qualification will show universities and employers that you are an academically well rounded student. If you are planning to go to university from a BTEC, completing this Core Maths qualification also proves to your prospective university that you are capable of assignment work and exams.

For further information about the course, and the specification of course content, please click here.

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