A level and equivalent


Criminology is about crime and punishment. It is an exciting interdisciplinary subject that combines aspects of law, psychology and sociology to look at how crime is defined, why people commit crimes, and how society responds. Studying criminology will allow you to understand the culture of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, including the police, courts, prosecution services, prisons and rehabilitation services.


Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form

What will I do?

You’ll cover topics like: the changing awareness of crime, perceptions of crime, why some crimes go unreported, criminological theories, crime scene to courtroom, and crime and punishment.

How will I learn?

Learning activities are varied and diverse to reflect the nature of the subject. Lessons activities include debates, designing campaign materials, group work, project management and practical research activities. You will have the opportunity to analyse a range of case studies and real-life crime scenarios.

How am I assessed?

This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. There will be two externally assessed exams and two internally assessed units. Your coursework will involve planning a campaign for change relating to crime and designing effective materials for use in campaigning for change.

You need;

Take a look at our prospectus to see our entry requirements and how our study programmes work.

What’s next?

Studying criminology will enable you to develop skills that are vital to all careers, including independent working, communication skills, problem solving, and research skills. Students could go on to study criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Law or similar subjects in higher education.

Reasons to join us:

  • Prepares you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a wide range of careers
  • It will open your eyes about the world you live in and you will never look at it in the same way again
  • It will provide you with opportunity to meet experts in the field of crime and criminal justice such as the police, probation and prison workers. You will also see criminal justice in action by visiting the local courts.

How do I apply?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form:

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.