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Criminology

A-LEVEL

It’d be a crime to miss this course.

If it’s not enough just to say you’ve delved deep into the science of deviant behaviour, Criminology is a subject that also provides you with a solid appreciation of the application of psychological, sociological and even biological theories.

Why do people do bad things? And what even is bad? Criminology isn’t just about decoding what’s bad. It’s about who’s bad, and why, and how we can rehabilitate offenders or even prevent them in the first place from committing nefarious acts.

Criminology is the study of crime and criminal justice. It considers a broad range of topics related to offending and victimisation, including their causes, social impact and prevention.

Just like in Line of Duty, the police have a history of corruption, incompetence and discrimination. Investigate how this occurs, what is done about it in Criminology and whether you could be the next Ted Hastings. 

Highlights of this course are trips to London and New York to explore different justice systems, an integral component of this wide-ranging, always-electrifying curriculum.

LESSON TIME!

Throughout this course you’ll learn about different types of crime and how organisations and individuals have campaigned for law or policy change. You’ll find out why crime must happen in order for laws to change.

We’ll examine why people become criminals and look into a variety of theories including Durkheim’s theory of social structure, and social learning, through the lens a detailed study of children behaving differently based on the treatment of role models bullying Bozo the inflatable clown. Is it the environment, or wider society that creates criminality – or are people born to offend? 

Criminology students then take on the justice system – institutions responsible for administering justice.

We’ll round off the lesson looking at the purpose of criminal justice systems, created over centuries by a succession of lawmakers. Should we punish – or rehabilitate? What deters others from committing crime?

What you’ve learned in today’s lesson will be put to the test as we evaluate Eddie, through his persecution by educators and acting up to stereotypes and preconceptions. spirals behaviourally out of control.

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What’s next?

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Criminology students have a wide range of career options ahead.

You might move into policing, working on the beat and rising up the ranks to become a detective.

Alternatively you could use your sociology education to become a community development worker.

You could develop the next generation of criminologists as a lecturer.

Or maybe you’d like to help rehabilitate offenders as a prison or probation officer.

A great many Criminology students also go on to work in policy roles, such as social researcher.

The variety of subjects and sciences covered in this course will give you a wide range of choices at degree level. Students regularly go on to study Sociology, Psychology, Law, Biology or Forensic Science. 

One memory which I think is always going to stick with me is a Psychology trip I took in my first year at Xaverian, to a Criminology Conference. The different aspects of each speaker’s experiences and views left me questioning so many things and opened a whole new door for me.

Caitlin Williams, applying to the University of York to study Psychology.

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