Criminology - A Level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code PG6
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, causes, consequences, and prevention of criminal behaviour. As a student of Criminology, you will explore the different types of crime that occur in our society and why certain people are more likely, than others, to commit and be convicted of a criminal offense. You will also study how various police departments investigate crime, how crime is prosecuted, via our court system, and how it is punished.


Year 12 Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime Internally assessed assignment This part of the course will allow you to understand a wide range of different crimes that are committed and the reasons why people may not always report such crimes. Unit 2: Criminological Theories External exam You will begin by looking at how we define crime by exploring the relationship between criminal behaviour and deviance. In addition, you will explore psychological and sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and what leads people to commit different types of crimes.

Year 13 Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom Internally assessed assignment You will look at the different methods of investigating crime, including crime scene investigation and forensic science in order to justify their effectiveness in criminal investigations. You will then analyse how the evidence gathered is used within the criminal trial process in order to reach a guilty or not guilty verdict. Unit 4: Crime and Punishment External exam In this unit you will study types of punishment for criminal behaviour, why we use these various methods and how effective they are. You will also look at the different agencies who work to stop people getting involved in criminal activity or prevent those with previous convictions from re-offending.

How will it be delivered?

You will be assessed through two extended pieces of coursework and two external exams. Criminology is a course that works very well, and promotes excellent levels of understanding and progress, when studied alongside other Social Science disciplines such as A Level Psychology and Sociology. Your units of study will be:

Entry requirements

If you wish to study Criminology, you will need a good foundation in English (minimum Grade 5 at GCSE).