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Criminology Level 3 at Itchen College

Course description

If you are interested in crime and would like to further understand the behaviour of criminals, this course is ideal.

This course is for you if... would prefer to take your understanding of Criminology beyond the basic introduction of criminological principles, processes and content that the Criminology course gives. wish to examine the explanations advanced to explain why crime is committed (eg biological, psychological and sociological) as well as how crime can inevitably leads to social policy change.

Course content

In the first year of the course you will study:

Introduction to Criminological Theories

  • Knowing about the different criminological approaches to theory will give you a sharper insight into the kind of thinking used by experts and politicians to explain crime and criminality
  • At the end of this unit you will have gained the skills to evaluate some criminological theories and know there are debates within the different theories

Realities and Perceptions of Crime

  • You will look at the issue of deviance in detail and look at the issues of moral panic and deviancy amplification. There will be analysis of the creation of so-called ‘folk-devils’ who exhibit deviant behaviour
  • At the heart of this study will be the role the media has in portraying crime. From the role the tabloid press to the portrayal of fictional characters film, you will learn about the effect of this might have on our perceptions of crime set against the realities of criminal behaviour

In the second year of study, you will choose two further units of study from:

  • Social control: policy and practice
  • Changing awareness of crime
  • From crime scene to courtroom

Entry requirements

Grades 9-4 in English and four or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 and A*-C.

Additional guidance is available at interview.


By controlled assessment and examination.

Future opportunities

The course as yet does not have a UCAS tariff. However many universities do recognise the course and encourage applicants with it to include the details of the course within their personal statement. The completion of the course indicates ultimately your desire to investigate issues of a criminological nature.

Further information

Students will have the opportunity to go on department trips relating to the subject and develop their understanding in other subjects, such as Psychology, Sociology or Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Itchen College directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2016

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