Course Title Certificate/Diploma in Criminology (A Level)
Level: 3
Code MS064

Overview of the Course

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’.

What are the career opportunities?

The course is designed to support you to progress onto university as well as careers in the criminal justice system.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum entry requirements for access to an A Level Study Programme will be two subjects at grade 5 (or grade B) and four subjects at grade 4 (or grade C). To study Criminology your grades must include GCSE maths and English Language grade 9-4 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

One year for the certificate (AS equivalent) and a further year for the diploma (A2 equivalent).

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

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.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

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.

Work experience

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.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

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.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There are no additional costs for this course.

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