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Criminology at Dartford Science & Technology College

Course description

Year 12 Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime: This part of the course will allow you to understand a wide range of different crimes that are committed and the reasons why people may not always report such crimes by exploring the social construction of criminality. You will also look at the consequences of not reporting crimes and methods to raise awareness for change relating to crime. Unit 2: Criminological Theories: You will begin by looking at how we define crime by exploring the relationship between criminal behaviour and deviance. You will also explore psychological and sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and what leads people to commit different types of crimes. You will demonstrate an understanding how these theories inform policy on crime. Year 13 Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom: You will look at the different methods of investigating crime, including crime scene investigation and forensic science in order to justify their effectiveness in criminal investigations. You will take this further to assess which investigative techniques are relevant to different crime scene investigations. You will then look at how this is used within the criminal trial process in order to reach a guilty or not guilty verdict. Unit 4: Crime and Punishment: In this unit you will look at the different types of punishment for criminal behaviour, why we use these different methods and how effective these are. You will also look at the different agencies who work to stop people getting involved in criminal activity or prevent those with previous convictions from re-offending.

Course content

Year 12 Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime: This part of the course will allow you to understand a wide range of different crimes that are committed and the reasons why people may not always report such crimes by exploring the social construction of criminality. You will also look at the consequences of not reporting crimes and methods to raise awareness for change relating to crime. Unit 2: Criminological Theories: You will begin by looking at how we define crime by exploring the relationship between criminal behaviour and deviance. You will also explore psychological and sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and what leads people to commit different types of crimes. You will demonstrate an understanding how these theories inform policy on crime. Year 13 Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom: You will look at the different methods of investigating crime, including crime scene investigation and forensic science in order to justify their effectiveness in criminal investigations. You will take this further to assess which investigative techniques are relevant to different crime scene investigations. You will then look at how this is used within the criminal trial process in order to reach a guilty or not guilty verdict. Unit 4: Crime and Punishment: In this unit you will look at the different types of punishment for criminal behaviour, why we use these different methods and how effective these are. You will also look at the different agencies who work to stop people getting involved in criminal activity or prevent those with previous convictions from re-offending.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include: •English Language •Maths An interest in crime and criminal justice is essential. The most successful Criminology candidates will be able to look at criminal behaviour from an objective viewpoint.

Assessment

Units 1 and 3 are assessed through internally set assignments. Units 2 and 4 are assessed through unseen written exams papers.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this programme you could go on to study higher education courses such as BSc Criminology and Psychology, BA Criminology, BSc Sociology and LLB Law. Possible careers include roles as a Detective, Police Officer, Prison Officer, Young Offenders Officer, Probation Officer, Security Officer, or victim support worker, among others.

Further information

• Sociology A Level • Psychology A Level • Business Studies • Health and Social Care Other activities could include First Aid, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Law Society, YMCA Fitness Instructor and sports teams.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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