Criminology

Vocational Level 3

If you are interested in crime and would like to further understand the behaviour of criminals, this course is ideal.

This course is for you if...

...you wish to examine the explanations advanced to explain why crime is committed (e.g. biological, psychological and sociological) as well as how crime can inevitably lead to social policy change.

…you would like to pursue a career of a criminological nature.

Where can this course lead to?

The completion of the course indicates ultimately your desire to investigate issues of a criminological nature. Therefore, a criminology course at university would be ideal or you could enter employment in area such as a scenes of crime officer, police officer or probation worker.

What will I study on this course?

In the first year of the course you will study:

Changing Awareness of Crime:

  • You will learn about different types of crime that occur in society. You will be looking at underreported crimes such as underage drinking and elder abuse. You will explore the various reasons why they go unreported to the police.
  • You will look at media portrayal of crime. From the role of the tabloid press to the portrayal of fictional film characters. You will learn about the effect this might have on our perception of crime against the reality of criminal behaviour.

Introduction to Criminological Theories:

  • How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why people commit crime?  What makes someone a serial killer, or abusive to their own families? 
  • Criminologists have produced theoretical explanations of why people commit crime, but which is the most useful?  How can these theories be applied to real life scenarios and real-life crimes?

In the second year of study, you will study two further units.

Crime Scene to Courtroom

  • You will learn about the personnel involved when a crime has been detected and the various investigative techniques used to identify the culprit.
  • You will then find out what happens to the culprit once they have been charged by the police and the criminal trial process that follows through to the verdict.

Crime and Punishment

  • Why do most of us tend to obey the law?  What social institutions have we developed to ensure that people do obey laws?  What happens to those who violate our legal system?  Why do we punish people? How do we punish people? 
  • You will learn about the criminal justice system in England and Wales and how it operates to achieve social control.

Extended opportunities and enrichment

Students will have the opportunity to go on department trips relating to the subject and develop their understanding in other subjects, such as Psychology, Sociology or Law.


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