Criminology is the study of why crime occurs. In this A Level equivalent, you will study a range of theories of why individuals commit crimes, as well as how society manages crime. Criminology is an interdisciplinary subject which means that it draws on psychological, sociological, biological theories as well as looking at how crime is dealt with by law and by governments.
Topics covered can include:
You will need:
If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8.
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that an A Level programme is suitable for them.
The course is assessed via a mix of controlled assessment and traditional exam questions. The first and third units are assessed through 8 hour-controlled assessments, where you have access to your notes to complete an unseen brief. The second and fourth units are assessed through 1.5 hour exams, which will take place in May/June.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
This A Level equivalent can provides a background for further study in Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and Law, as well as synoptic links with subjects such as Media Studies, Biology and Government and Politics. An A Level programme is widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.