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A Level Criminology

Business, Administration and Law

Business, Administration and Law
Business, Administration and Law

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Diploma in Criminology
Code 3456789
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Not all types of crime are alike. Are you interested in what different types of crime take place in our society and what kinds of crime exist, about which we know very little? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What are the roles of personnel involved when a crime is detected? Want a career in the police force, legal professions or forensic sciences? Perhaps you are interested to know more about the new exciting subject of Criminology? Either way this is the perfect course for you.


Unit 1 – Changing an Awareness of Crime Topics:

  • Analyse different types of Crime

  • Explain the reasons that certain crimes are unreported

  • Explain the consequences of unreported Crime

  • Describe media representation of crime

  • Explain the impact of media representations on the public perception of crime

  • Evaluate methods of collecting statistics about crime

  • Compare campaigns for Change

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of media used in campaigns for Change

  • Plan a campaign for change relating to crime

    Unit 2 – Criminological Theories

  • Compare criminal behaviour and deviance

  • Describe theories of crime and deviance

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of criminological theories to explain causes of criminality

  • Assess the use of criminological theories in informing policy development

  • Explain how social changes affect policy development

  • Discuss how campaigns affect policy making

    Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the roles of personnel involved in criminal investigations

  • Assess the usefulness of investigative techniques in criminal investigations

  • Explain how evidence is Processed

  • Examine the rights of individuals in criminal Investigations

  • Describe trial processes

  • Assess key influences affecting the outcomes of criminal Cases

  • Discuss the use of laypeople in criminal cases

    Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment

  • Describe processes used for law making

  • Describe the organisation of the criminal justice system in England and Wales

  • Describe models of criminal justice

  • Explain forms of social control

  • Discuss the aims of punishment

  • Assess how forms of punishment meet the aims of Punishment

  • Explain the role of agencies in social control

Describe the contribution of agencies to achieving social control

How will it be delivered?

 Unit 1: Changing an Awareness of Crime – this is internally assessed controlled coursework. 

Unit 2: Criminological Theories – this is an externally assessed exam at the end of the first year of study. 

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom - – this is internally assessed controlled coursework. 

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment - this is an externally assessed exam at the end of the second year of study. 

 A = 80/100 B = 70/100 C = 60/100 D = 50/100 E = 40/100  

Entry requirements


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