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Criminology Diploma at Edgbarrow School

Course description

The diploma is equivalent to one A Level. Criminology examines why crime is committed (e.g. biological, psychological, and sociological explanations) as well as how the criminal justice system works and how crime leads to social policy change.  The assessment includes coursework and examinations.

Course content

The focus of learning is on building informed, balanced and clear arguments through academic research and investigation of contemporary issues in crime and criminal justice.  The course covers areas of sociology, psychology and law and therefore requires some extended writing in both coursework and exams.

Unti 1: changing awareness of crime, examines questions such as:

  • what different types of crime take place in our society?
  • what kinds of crime exist about which we know very little, or which are simply not reported to the police and the media?
  • who decides what behaviours should be against the law?

Unit 2: criminological theories, examines questions such as:

  • how do we decide what behaviour is criminal?
  • how do we explain why people commit crime?

Unit 3: crime scene to courtroom, examines questions such as:

  • what are the roles of personnel involved when a crime is detected?
  • what safeguards are in place to ensure a suspect has a fair trial?

Unit 4: crime and punishment, examines questions such as:

  • why do we punish people?
  • we spend a great deal of taxpayers' money on social control, so how effective are these organisations in dealing with criminality?

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or above 

Future opportunities

Many students will continue to study Criminology or related courses at university. Employment possibilities in criminal justice include law enforcement, probation, parole as well as community support services.  Opportunities also exist in research, policy analysis, journalism and information sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Edgbarrow School directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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