Why Study Criminology?

This is a qualification with elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology, focusing on a wide range of crimes. The course touches upon all aspects of crime including violent and sexual offences and crimes motivated by hatred, including sexually and racially motivated crimes, and is divided into 4 units:

  1. Changing Awareness of Crime – assessed via 8 hour controlled assessment (year 1)
  2. Criminological Theories – assessed via summer exam (year 1)
  3. Crime Scene to Courtroom – assessed via 8 hour controlled assessment (year 2)
  4. Crime and Punishment Mandatory - assessed via summer exam (year 2)

Unit 1 will enable you to individually research different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. Unit 2 examines why people commit crime, while unit 3 provides an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. For unit 4, 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.

Why study Criminology at Worcester Sixth Form College?

The course is suitable for students who are interested in crime and the reasons why people commit crime. Many of our students have interests in subjects such as Psychology, Sociology and Law. A range of speakers from higher education and the related professions such as the Police have contributed to the course so far. During the course, students will also attend the Worcester Courts to see potential crimes being prosecuted.

Progression Opportunities

The course supports access to higher education degree courses, such as Criminology itself, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Criminology and Psychology, Law with Criminology, Criminology and Sociology, Psychology and Sociology. The qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

Ronnie Sumera

Ronnie Sumera

Criminology - Tudor Grange Academy
As I have a keen interest in this topic, I was very keen to study Criminology at College, alongside my other subjects of Psychology and Photography. I have found that it fits in very well with Psychology as there are a great deal of shared ideas and theories such as Freud’s Psychodynamic Theories which I have really enjoyed learning about. I found it very interesting applying ideas I am already familiar with to criminal behaviour, and I now feel very confident in my knowledge of the subject to move on to studying Criminology and Psychology at university. I hope to study at the University of West England after taking a gap year, in which I plan to work in a similar field.

Entry Requirements

Essential QualificationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. Please also see ‘General Course Entry Requirements’General interest in the subject. Excellent attendance and punctuality. The ability to meet strict deadlines. To work as an individual or part of a team.

Qualification Levels & Enrolment Options

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding Body
Certificate½ A Level (1 Block)1 yearEduqas
Diploma1 A Level (1 Block)1 year (studied after successful completion of Applied Certificate)Eduqas

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