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Criminology Level 2 Certificates at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is designed to give an insight into some of the key aspects of criminology. Criminology is a multidisciplinary subject which draws on law, psychology and sociology to examine and explain crime. It is the study of criminals, victims and theories explaining illegal behaviour.

The course examines what happens to people once they commit crime, how evidence is gathered and the criminal justice process. You will also look at the social reaction to crime and the effectiveness of anti-crime policies.

This course is equivalent to a GCSE level course.

Course content

Unit 1 – Aspects of crime

  • Different ways of defining crime and deviance
  • Distinguishing between corporate crime, white-collar crime, organised crime, state crime and street crime
  • The main features of a range of biological, psychological and social explanations of crime
  • Sources of data on crime and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses including, official crime statistics, self-report studies, victim studies including the British Crime Survey.

Unit 2 – Criminal justice system, crime and social groups

  • The main features of the criminal justice system
  • A more in-depth description of the main features of at least one of the following; policing, the courts and sentencing, prisons, community sentences
  • The relationship between criminality and the operation of the criminal justice system with reference to at least one of the following, gender, ethnicity, social class or age
  • The relationship between crime, criminal justice and at least one issue of importance and relevance to students e.g. the media, urbanism, homicide, drugs, victims of crime or anti-social behaviour.

Entry requirements

Grade D or above in GCSE English Language.


Awarding Body – Ascentis

One 1000 word piece of coursework (50%), one 1 hour exam with pre-released questions (50%).

Future opportunities

You will develop your evaluation skills whilst gaining a GCSE equivalent qualification which will be invaluable if you want to progress to Level 3 Criminology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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