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Criminology Level 3 at St Thomas More Catholic School

Course description

Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective: the causes of crime, the social impact of crime, and the criminals involved in the crime. Criminologists study criminology in an attempt to better understand what motivates the criminal to act in a criminal manner.

Course content

You will study two units per year.

Year 1

  • The changing awareness of crime
  • Criminological theories

Year 2

  • Crime scene to court room
  • Crime and punishment

Entry requirements

If you are interested why people commit crime or behave in a deviant way, the social reaction to crime, how crime is prevented and punished, the effectiveness of crime prevention, criminals and victims then criminology will interest you. The course is well suited to be combined with sociology and psychology


Unit 1 and unit 3 are both internally assessed, that means that you will be assessed in the classroom. Unit 2 and unit 4 are assessed externally through a summer examination.

All units carry the same weight and are combined to give an overall grade.

The examinations are 90 minutes long and require students to answer both short and extended questions. Questions require students to apply their knowledge of criminology to a scenario.

Future opportunities

The course is designed to lead students to further their education at university or gain a job within the criminal justice sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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