|Course Title||Certificate/Diploma in Criminology (A Level)|
Criminology will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of crimes and gain an understanding of the work done in the criminal justice system. The course incorporates elements of psychology, law and sociology and covers a wide variety of crime-related topics including biological and sociological theories of criminality, processes used for law making in addition to media representations of crime. You will have the opportunity to acquire both practical and academic skills through applied learning. There will be the flexibility to enable you to study crimes you personally find interesting. Criminology will develop your English and communication skills as well as numerical skills. All of these skills are highly valued by higher education institutions or the ‘world of work’.
The course is designed to support you to progress onto university as well as careers in the criminal justice system.
To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5. To study Criminology your grades must include GCSE maths and English Language grade 9-4 (A*-C).
Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6.
In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths
and English combined.
One year for the certificate (AS equivalent) and a further year for the diploma (A2 equivalent).
During the course you will cover the following four units: Changing Awareness of Crime, Criminological Theories, Crime Scene to Courtroom and Crime and Punishment. You will be assessed by 50% controlled assessment and 50% exam.
On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the subject you are studying as well as English and communication skills and technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields. In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals. The course has also been designed to support you to progress onto university as well as careers in the criminal justice system.
You will have opportunity to participate in a week’s work experience in each year of the course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers. In addition, it provides opportunity to develop valuable skills for a personal statement or CV.
A range of enrichment activities are available at college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development. In many cases tutors will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.
There are no additional costs for this course.
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