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Criminology Level 2 at Itchen College

Course description

This is an ideal course for those who want to gain an introduction to Criminology or supplement your Level 3 studies.

This course is for you if... are interested in criminal behaviour and want to gain an introduction to the theories behind crime in society.

Course content

The one year course consists of two units:

  • Unit 1: Describing  the main features of a range of psychological explanations of crime - This unit looks at a range of theories that try to explain crime, including social learning theories, psychodynamic theories and maternal deprivation theory
  • Unit 2: Providing an in-depth evaluation of the effectiveness of prisons and police powers - The aim of this unit will be to assess what prisons are, how they are organised, the types of prison and the numbers of prisoners. The aim and purpose of prisons will be examined to establish if they are effective forms of punishment for a modern society

Entry requirements

Grade 3 in English and a range of GCSEs at grade 3 and D or above.

Additional guidance is available at interview. 


Unit 1: 100% coursework

Unit 2: Timed essay under exam conditions

Future opportunities

The certificate in Criminology is a recognised qualification and after further progression could lead to a range of jobs in the legal profession or criminological field. Students can also use the qualification to progress to Level 3 Criminology and Law courses.

Further information

Students will be able to go on to the Level 3 course following completion of this course, and will also have access to a range of department trips to related areas such as the Houses of Parliament and The Supreme Court.

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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