Course overviewThis course is designed to be studied alongside 2 A Levels and combines well with Physics, Sociology, Law and Psychology.
Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behaviour, on individual, social and natural levels, and how it can be managed, controlled and prevented. The course would be suitable for students who are interested in why people commit crime, what types of crime they commit and how those crimes are dealt with/punished.
This course will enable students to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and make recommendations for policy. Students also develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness of crime and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.
Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime.
The focus of the unit is on unreported crime and the consequences of these crimes. We explore crimes such as white-collar crime, for example organised crime and individual crimes such as hate crime. The unit will also introduce media representation of crime and how campaigns for change can raise awareness of unreported crimes in society.
Unit 2: Criminological theories.
The aim of this unit is to explore the reasons why people commit crime from a variety of different perspectives such as biological, sociological and psychological. Students will then be able to apply these theories to real life situations in order to answer questions such as “what makes someone a serial killer?
Unit 3: Crime scene to court room.
The focus of Unit 3 is the Criminal Justice System, from the identification of the crime through to the verdict. This unit will allow students to gain the understanding and skills to be able to examine the validity of verdicts given in criminal cases. Students will explore some of the techniques used by the police and follow the criminal justice process through the various stages. Students will also explore miscarriages of justice using real-life cases in order to see what happens when the criminal justice system fails.
Unit 4: Crime and punishment.
This unit allows students to combine their knowledge of the criminal justice process and the role of pressure groups/charities in maintaining social control. The unit focuses on the roles of different agents of social control such as the police, CPS, probation and prison service. Students will also learn how to evaluate the limitations and effectiveness of these agents.
What else do I need to know?This course combines well with Psychology, Sociology and Law.
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What are the entry requirements?
How is it assessed?
Unit 2: External Exam.
Unit 3: Internal controlled assessment. Students will apply their knowledge of the criminal justice process to presented material.
Unit 4: External exam.
What financial support is on offer?
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance
What can I do next?
You could even combine Criminology with other subjects such as Policing if you were interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or International Security, where you may have the opportunity to study part of your degree overseas. The sort of jobs Criminology graduates go on to do are wide ranging including working within the Criminal Justice System, such as working for the police service, probation service and areas of victim support. Alternatively you could pursue a career in criminal law, teaching and many more options.
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