What is Criminology?

Criminology is the scientific study of crime through examining human behaviour and a range of social factors. Criminologists examine every conceivable aspect of deviant behaviour.  This includes the impact of crime on individual victims and their families, society at large and even criminals themselves. The aim of the research conducted in the field of criminology is ultimately to understand, deter and prevent crime. Some of the findings are used to implement criminal justice policies and procedures.


Why study this course?

As well as giving you an in-depth understanding of the legal system and how it works in practice, you will also develop many key skills needed for further study at university, including the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. In addition, the ability to apply complex theories to real life scenarios. This course develops you to be attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector.


How is the course assessed?

We teach the WJEC specification.

This applied general qualification is a WJEC Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to one full A-Level). You will be assessed through written exams and controlled assessment.

In year 1, you will study the psychological and sociological theories of crime as well as how crime is perceived in society and the impact of the media and crime statistics.

In year 2, you will investigate the different techniques used in a criminal investigation such as forensicspolicing and the judiciary process. You will also consider the effectiveness of different strategies used to reduce criminality from custodial sentences and the impact of community orders.


Who is the course suitable for?

If you’ve ever wondered are some social groups more likely to commit crime? Which type of crime is most likely to go undetected? Should men and women be punished differently? Then this course is for you! Looking at crime on a ‘societal and individual level’, Criminology offers an opportunity to explore crime, deviance and those involved.


Progression options

Students will usually progress onto university to study a degree in Criminology, Forensics, Law, Sociology, Psychology with the desire to undertake a career in the police force, prison service, the home office, law practices, social work. However, this course also supports progression onto a number of other degree courses and fields of employment due to the many transferable skills gained.