Criminology (Applied)

Course aims

Criminology is the scientific study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice system and social and probation work. It also has relevance for those students seeking to progress into higher education in subjects such as sociology and psychology. Students targeting specific destination universities should check their admission policies before taking this subject.

Entry requirements

2 x GCSE Grade 6 and 3 x GCSE grade 5, to include English Language

Course content

There will be mandatory and optional units over this two-year course, which may include:

  • Changing awareness of crime
  • Criminological theories
  • Crime scene to courtroom
  • Crime and punishment

Course assessment

You will be internally assessed through in class controlled assessments as well as externally set exams over the 2 years.


Recommended textbooks to be advised by your tutor. Extensive use will be made of the Internet and relevant websites will be an important source of material to study this course.


Higher Education or employment.