The Criminology Diploma provides a fascinating insight into the field of criminology, equipping you with a solid foundation for further studies and a rewarding career in the criminal justice system, in areas such as the probation service, policing and the courts and tribunals service.
Criminology includes elements of psychology, law, and sociology. You will delve into the causes, consequences, and responses to crime, gaining a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding criminal behaviour and societal responses. You'll have the opportunity to analyse and critically evaluate research studies, case studies, and real-life examples, enhancing your analytical and research skills.
At Weston College, we provide a stimulating learning environment to support your academic journey. You'll have access to relevant texts, journals, and online databases to support your studies and stay up to date with the latest developments in criminology. You will participate in in-depth discussions, debates, and interactive learning experiences.
When you study with us, you'll automatically become part of our Career Excellence Hub, which offers additional opportunities to enhance your career prospects. You will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from the world of criminology, from forensic scientists to police officers. You can practically apply the skills of these professions in our crime scene activities which take place throughout the year. You will also have the chance to attend criminology related trips such as to Shepton Mallet Prison. At Weston College, we prioritise your personal and academic development. Our dedicated Tutor Learning Mentors will provide guidance and support to help you excel in your studies. They will assist you in developing effective study strategies, refining your research skills, and preparing for assessments and examinations. Additionally, we offer support and guidance for career planning and progression, helping you explore potential pathways within the field of criminology.
In the first year of your course, you'll have the opportunity to follow a pathway that aligns with your career aspirations. Choose from options such as debating, and challenging the past, to provide you with additional skills and experiences to enhance your career prospects.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE
The programme leads to the development of knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, and awareness of the cause and effects of different types of crime. You will also examine theories that explain behaviours, and the reasons why people commit crime.
The programme will enable you to develop a range of transferrable skills including independent research skills, problem solving, presentation skills and the ability to work collaboratively.
Introduction to Criminology and Profiling
Classification of Crime
The Crime Scene
Dealing with Crime
Understanding Criminal Psychology
Phases of Profiling
Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic, and Metacognition
Offender Profiling: Pragmatic Solution and Behavioural Investigative Advice
The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales
This programme is part of a Sixth Form offer, learners typically choose three or four A Level subjects to study over a two-year period. Which A Levels you study can affect your choices at university and your future career. Take a look here at our other A Level programmes.
50% of the assessment is through externally marked examinations and 50% is through internally marked controlled assessments.
This course will support access to higher education degree courses in the social sciences such as Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, and Law. You could also progress to the degree in BA (Hons) Uniformed and Public Services at University Centre Weston.
Five GCSEs at grades 9-4, including English and maths.
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