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Criminology: WJEC Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

Criminology is an increasingly popular subject for students who are interested
in a career in criminal justice, or studying criminology at university. The subject explores why people commit crime, drawing on explanations from psychology and sociology, along with how society tackles crime
through the law, policing and punishment. Students learn about different types of crime, how people’s perceptions of crime are shaped and how crimes are investigated.

This course contains 50% coursework and 50% external assessment.

Course content

Year 12:

  • Changing awareness of Crime: types 
of crime, perceptions of crime and 
unreported crime.
  • Media representations of crime and of official 
data on crime.
  • Crime campaigns.
  • Criminological Theories: Why do people 
commit crime? Theories of criminality from biology, psychology and sociology.

Year 13:

  • Crime scene to Courtroom: the criminal
  • Crime and Punishment: law making, criminal justice, forms and functions of punishment.

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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