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Criminology Pathway AS Level at Milton Keynes College

Course description

Always had an interest in right and wrong? See yourself as someone who can protect and help others against the impact of crime? Fancy giving something back to your community? Then this A level Pathway programme is ideal for you.

Course content

You will study BTEC Applied Science (Forensic Science) with A Level subjects from: 

Law, Psychology, Sociology 

The Criminology Pathway provides you with a broad understanding of the causes and responses to crime with a main focus on forensic science. Studying this pathway will develop your understanding of the social and personal aspects of crime, victimisation and responses to crime and deviance, as well as developing specific skills such as:

  • generating and evaluating evidence
  • making reasoned arguments and ethical judgments
  • critical thinking
  • analysing and interpreting data
  • report writing.

Entry requirements

To join one of our A Level Pathways, you will need to meet two requirements: 

  • 5 GCSEs Grade A*- C including GCSE English Language (to also include Maths and Double Award Science to study BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) or Psychology)
  • An overall qualification score of a minimum of 20 points based on the following calculations:
  • GCSE: A/A* = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D= 2, E = 1
  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma: Distinction = 20, Merit = 16, Pass = 12.
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate: Distinction = 10, Merit = 8, Pass = 6.


All A Level assessment is by written examination.

Future opportunities

The field of criminology provides many opportunities for stimulating work, mostly in law enforcement and psychology, as well as other areas. Within the programme, you will be provided with an opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding of the topic by being taught in theoretical and practical settings.

Major employers include:

  • Central and local government
  • The police and prison services
  • The court services, security services
  • Other non-profit-making organisations, including the NHS, educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime.

Opportunities also exist in the private sector, for example in private security and in law practices.

Career opportunities are also available within a range of social welfare posts, such as mental health support and drug rehabilitation, housing (as housing officers or in outreach support roles), as homelessness officers and in refugee and victim support/counselling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Milton Keynes College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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