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.
Entry Requirements: At least a Grade 4 in English Language. (You will also need to meet the general requirements for sixth form entry).
Qualities and skills required: 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.