Do you want to be a lawyer, criminologist or police officer? If so, then this is the course for you. Criminology is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. The purpose of this qualification is to provide you with an introduction to criminal justice and to give you a context for humanities learning. Combined with a relevant A Level in Law, Psychology or Sociology, it develops your understanding in preparation for university.
All students studying Young Professionals Academy A Level/Diploma combinations should have at least five GCSEs at grade 9-5 (A* – C) in academic subjects, including English Language at grade 5 (grade C).
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
In your first year, you will study the Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology. As part of this, you will study the following mandatory modules:
1) Changing Awareness of Crime
2) Criminological Theories.
In your second year, you will be working towards the Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology. As part of this, you will build on your first year and study:
3) Crime Scene to Courtroom
4) Crime and Punishment.
For the Diploma you will study topics which are suitable for any business career like finance, marketing, communication and resources, but alongside these you will also study specialist law units. Topics might include Contract and Business Law, Criminal Law, the Legal System, Civil Liability, Employment Law and others.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Criminology is assessed with a combination of internal and external exams using the grade framework (A to E). Students must pass each module to gain the award.
WHERE CAN I GO NEXT?
Students taking Criminology usually progress to university or higher education. The most popular degrees are: • BSc Criminology • BA Criminology • BA Criminology and Criminal Justice • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology • BA (Hons) Criminology • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology • BSc Criminology with Law. However, due to the nature of this practical subject, you can also go straight into employment and showcase your knowledge.