The study of criminology brings together a range of different disciplines to explain, prevent, manage and control offending behaviour. You will learn about psychological theories of why people commit crimes and sociological theories of why some groups of people are more likely to commit crimes than others. You will also learn about media representations of criminality and their consequences. You will consider models of punishment and prevention, including the organisation of the legal system, and assess how effectively the law enforcement agencies have been with different crime prevention and reduction strategies. Throughout the course you will study and use real life cases of crimes from UK society as evidence for your assignments.
You will need to build a comprehensive awareness of the legal system, of crime and society so a keen interests in these aspects of the current affairs is vital. Because of the cross over in material between psychology, sociology and criminology, it will be expected that you will only study a maximum of two of these subjects.
Psychology is the scientific study of how people think, feel and behave. It provides a fascinating insight into how the mind works, looking at a variety of topics including memory, social conditioning, brain development and general human behaviour. Whilst Psychology is one of the most popular subjects at degree level, the skills you will develop at A level will also be useful in a very wide range of other subjects. It is excellent preparation for a degree course in psychology and for a wide range of careers, including Educational, Clinical, Occupational and Forensic Psychology, Medicine, Teaching, Counselling, PR, Marketing, Broadcasting and Advertising. Psychology is regarded as a good “gateway” A level to many degree courses.
- Social influence
- Approaches in Psychology
- Research methods
- Issues and debates in Psychology
In KS5 important and challenging questions are learnt about and discussed in lessons: what makes us the people we are? Why do we spend so much time worrying about how we present ourselves to the outside world? Why is it that girls perform better in their GCSEs than boys? How does the media influence the way we see our own bodies? Why are there such massive differences between the richest and poorest in society? What are the different explanations for why people commit crime?
- Methods in Context
- Research Methods
- Culture and identity
- Families and Households
- Work, Poverty and Welfare
- Beliefs in Society
- Global Development
- The Media
- Stratification and Differentiation
If you have an interest in how political decisions are reached and who has the power to influence them you will enjoy this course. It provides lots of opportunities for discussion and debate, and complements the study of many other A Level subjects such as History, Sociology, Economics and Philosophy extremely well. Studying Politics is ideal if you have ambitions to study International Relations, History, Law, Politics, or Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at university.