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Criminology – L3 Applied General


Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the Applied General entry requirements, you will need a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Course Introduction

This course offers an introduction to the study of crime and issues surrounding it, such as how it is defined by society, how it is measured in crime statistics, portrayed by the media, and how campaigns involving the media can lead to changes in the law. You will have the opportunity to study theories as to whether criminals are born or "made", and how crimes are investigated and dealt with in the courts and criminal justice system.

If you enjoy learning about and discussing crime and its causes and effects, then this course will interest you. In lessons you will have the opportunity to learn about the topics and then apply your understanding of scenarios, to use your creativity to devise a campaign to raise awareness of an under-reported crime, and to express your own opinions during debates and discussions. We will also keep abreast of current news related to crime and changes in the law.

Preparing for Level 3 Criminology

We have created a transition pack on the website to show you the kind of work you will be doing at level 3 and help you prepare for September.

If you have any questions about the course, please email admissions@s6f.org.uk

Course Modules

First Year

Unit 1 - Changing Awareness of Crime:

  • Why some crimes are reported more than others
  • The role of the media in the public perception of crime
  • Campaigns for change in the law and raising public awareness

Unit 2 - Criminological Theories:

  • Psychological
  • Sociological
  • Biological explanations for criminal behaviour
  • The usefulness of these theories in explaining criminality

Second Year

Unit 3 - Crime Scene to Courtroom

  • Types of evidence e.g. forensic, surveillance and profiling techniques
  • How the criminal justice system works - the process for prosecution
  • Examining the justice of verdicts in criminal cases

Unit 4 - Crime and Punishment

  • The role of punishment and social control
  • Application of awareness of criminality learnt in previous units
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of social control in delivering criminal justice


Units 1 and 3 are assessed internally using a controlled assessment. This assessment lasts for eight hours over a number of lessons and requires completion of various tasks related to a brief.

Units 2 and 4 are assessed externally by exam.

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