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Criminology at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Course description

If you have an interest in the science behind criminal activity, this is an ideal course. The course will prepare you with a range of transferable skills and their application. The course is designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning through applied theories; through the application of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system. The qualification would support learners’ progression from any study at Level 2, particularly GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History and Humanities.

Course content

There are four mandatory units which make up the course.

Two of these units are Externally assessed and two are internally assessed, through project work and assignments.


Externally assessed:

• Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime

Enables the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported

• Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom

Provides an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.


Internally Assessed

· Unit 2 – Criminological Theories

Allows learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.

· Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment

Apply understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE Grades 9 – 4 or equivalent to include English.

Future opportunities

This qualification could lead to Higher Education Degree Courses, or support applications into the services. Across universities, there are a number of Criminology degree courses, which can be combined with Psychology or Sociology. Within the line of work, it can lead to opportunities of employment within the justice system through many roles.

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 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September