Are you interested in the causes of crime? Have you wondered why it seems certain groups in society commit more crime? Do you have an inquisitive mind and want to delve deeper into criminality? If the answer is yes then Criminology may be for you. You will need to have a keen interest in learning about a variety of crimes which include high profile cases both new and old and also begin to understand that all criminals are not the same and there are often many societal reasons as to why people commit crime. You will gain a political understanding of crime, an understanding for police prioritisation and why certain crimes go under reported as well as the Psychology behind why people commit crimes.
Unit 1 Changing Awareness of Crime
Within this unit students are preparing towards a controlled assessment where learners are given a fictional but plausible real life case and they have to apply their knowledge of different types of crimes, the type of perpetrators of those crimes and the types of victims and the level of public awareness of those crimes. Learners will also develop their awareness of how the media represents crime and explain how the media impacts public perception of crimes. Learners will also look at crime statistics and learn to analyse their reliability and validity.
Unit 2 Criminological Theories
This unit is externally assessed with a written examination. The unit will allow the skills learned during unit 1 and be able to underpin them with criminological theories. Learners will be about to decide what criminal behaviour is, know the difference between crime and deviance, what makes an individual become a serial killer. Learners will learn new theories of why people commit crime and analyse their validity, also they will begin to understand the political backdrop behind crime and understand how policy is made.
Taught lessons, 5 hours per week
Exam Board: WJEC
The diploma is assessed 50% by the way of controlled assessed using an applied scenario relating to crime and 50% examination which includes a variety of short and long answer questions often requiring engagement with a scenario about crime which has been committed in the community.
5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including a grade 5 in English
The Diploma in Criminology prepares learners well for degrees in criminology, criminology and criminal justice, criminology and psychology, law and criminology and psychology and sociology. Careers within this sector range from prison officers, forensic psychologists, working in the armed forces, politics and the police.