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Criminology Level 3 Diploma at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe

Course description

Learners have to study 4 units.

Unit 1 (Changing Awareness of

Crime) is for learners to plan

campaigns for change relating to

crime. Learners will have gained

skills to differentiate between

myth and reality when it comes

to crime and to recognise that

common representations may be

misleading and inaccurate. They

will understand the importance

of changing public perceptions of

crime. This will then be used to plan

a campaign for change in relation

to crime; for example to raise

awareness, change attitudes or

change reporting behaviour.

Unit 2 (Criminological Theories)

is for learners to apply their

understanding of the public

perceptions of crime and

campaigns for change studied in

Unit 1 with criminological theories

to examine how both are used to

set policy. Learners will think about

what behaviour is criminal? What

is the difference between criminal

behaviour and deviance? How do

we explain why people commit

crime? What makes someone a

serial killer, or abusive to their

own families? Criminologists have

produced theoretical explanations

of why people commit crime, but

which is the most useful?

Unit 3 (Crime Scene to Courtroom)

review criminal cases, evaluating

the evidence in the cases to

determine whether the verdict is

safe and just. Learners will look at

the criminal trial process and the

many different people and agencies

it involves. There are strict rules as

to how evidence is collected from

a crime scene and also strict rules

governing the giving of evidence

in court; learning about these rules

will allow the learner to review the

trial process and assess whether

the aims of the criminal justice

system have been met.

Unit 4 (Crime and Punishment)

allow learners to think about the

criminal justice system in England

and Wales and how it operates to

achieve social control. Learners

will look at the organisations which

are part of our system of social

control and their effectiveness in

achieving their objectives. As such,

they will be able to evaluate the

effectiveness of the process of

social control in delivering policy in

different contexts.

Course content

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Learners have to study 4 units.

Unit 1 (Changing Awareness of

Crime) is for learners to plan

campaigns for change relating to

crime. Learners will have gained

skills to differentiate between

myth and reality when it comes

to crime and to recognise that

common representations may be

misleading and inaccurate. They

will understand the importance

of changing public perceptions of

crime. This will then be used to plan

a campaign for change in relation

to crime; for example to raise

awareness, change attitudes or

change reporting behaviour.

Unit 2 (Criminological Theories)

is for learners to apply their

understanding of the public

perceptions of crime and

campaigns for change studied in

Unit 1 with criminological theories

to examine how both are used to

set policy. Learners will think about

what behaviour is criminal? What

is the difference between criminal

behaviour and deviance? How do

we explain why people commit

crime? What makes someone a

serial killer, or abusive to their

own families? Criminologists have

produced theoretical explanations

of why people commit crime, but

which is the most useful?

Unit 3 (Crime Scene to Courtroom)

review criminal cases, evaluating

the evidence in the cases to

determine whether the verdict is

safe and just. Learners will look at

the criminal trial process and the

many different people and agencies

it involves. There are strict rules as

to how evidence is collected from

a crime scene and also strict rules

governing the giving of evidence

in court; learning about these rules

will allow the learner to review the

trial process and assess whether

the aims of the criminal justice

system have been met.

Unit 4 (Crime and Punishment)

allow learners to think about the

criminal justice system in England

and Wales and how it operates to

achieve social control. Learners

will look at the organisations which

are part of our system of social

control and their effectiveness in

achieving their objectives. As such,

they will be able to evaluate the

effectiveness of the process of

social control in delivering policy in

different contexts.

Entry requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5x 9-4 at GCSE subjects, including English Language.

Exam Board/ Specification: WJEC

 

Assessment

Assessment

Unit 2 and unit 4 are external exams

that can be taken in June of each

year. Each exam is 90 minutes

long and has a mix of short and

extended answer questions. Results

are graded from A – E.

Units 1 and 3 are internally assessed

units where learners have to work

through a model assignments

using their knowledge and

evaluation skills.

Further information

Future Opportunities

There are a number of

opportunities and careers when

studying criminology. These range

from a Community Development

Worker, a Policy Officer, a Prison

Officer, Probation Officer and a

Youth Worker.

For further information on this

course, speak with a member of the

Humanities Faculty at school.

 

 

 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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  • Start date: Next September

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