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Minsthorpe Community College

Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 2UJ

Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Level 3
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Course Summary

Criminology is the study of criminal behaviour and its impact. If you are interested in exploring why some people commit crime and answering questions such as: Why are some people more likely to commit crimes that others? Why do some crimes go unreported? Which methods of punishment are most effective? What happens in a courtroom? Then Criminology could be the course for you.

What skills will I acquire?

• Written and verbal communication

• Research

• The ability to analyse information and consider alternative points of view

• Critical thinking

• report writing

• Communication

Course Details

You will study 4 units over 2 years.

In year one you will study unit 1 Changing awareness of crime and unit 2 Criminological theories.

Unit 1 – Is a controlled assessment and will give you an understanding of the different types of crime and why some crimes go unreported.

Unit 2 – Is a 90 minute exam and will give you an understanding of why people commit crime.

In year two you will study unit 3 Crime scene to courtroom and unit 4 Crime and punishment.

Unit 3 – is a controlled assessment and will give you an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been committed to the verdict.

Unit 4 - Is a 9- minute exam and will give you a deeper understanding crime and punishment by evaluating theories and methods.

How will it be delivered?

As above in the content section

Entry requirements


5 GCSEs 9-4 (must include a 4 in English and Maths)

Your next steps...

Degree Level Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Law or Forensic science would be obvious progression routes, but certainly not the only ones.

Careers criminology qualifications can lead to:

• Civil service administrator

• Community development worker

• Crime scene investigator

• Detective

• Police officer

• Prison officer

• Probation officer

• Social worker

• Youth worker

• Adult guidance worker

• Border Force officer

• Charity officer

• Counsellor

• Housing manager/officer

• Local government officer

• Paralegal

• Political risk analyst

• Social researcher

• Solicitor

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