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Criminology L3 Extended Certificate at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behaviour, on individual, social and natural levels, and how it can be managed, controlled and prevented.  In particular, the course explores what crime is, how it is socially constructed, who commits crimes and the criminal justice process, once a crime has been committed.  

This course will enable you to develop your critical analysis and judgement.  It will enable you to articulate arguments effectively in class discussions and written assessments.

Course content

Topics that will be studied

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

You will understand how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality. You will then go on to realise how campaigns are used to elicit change and then plan a campaign for change relating to crime.

Unit 2: Criminology Theories

You will understand social constructions, theories and causes of criminality.  This will then lead to a knowledge of the cause of policy change.

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom

You will gain an understanding of the process of criminal investigations.  You will then go onto the prosecution of suspects and be able to review criminal cases. 

Unit 4:  Crime and Punishment

You will learn about the different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in England & Wales.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students will require 5 Grade 4's or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including English and Maths.



This is an Extended Certificate equivalent to one A Level

The course is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment

Year 1: 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment

Year 2: 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment

Future opportunities

Progression and Career Opportunities

Criminolgy is directly relevant to careers in the probation, police or prison services, social work, the legal profession, community development work and youth work.  You may go on to study Criminolgy at degree level or move into a related field of social work, sociology, psychology or law.


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: 30 October 2018
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