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Criminology is the study of how and why different people in a variety of circumstances commit crime and how the criminal justice system deals with these people.

Criminology encourages students to develop a range of skills such as critical thinking and data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, presenting reasoned arguments and making ethical judgements.

Ideas explored in the criminology diploma

  • Why people from different groups in society get different sentences for the same crimes?
  • Why two people from utterly different backgrounds are tempted to commit similar crimes?
  • Is crime dictated by genetics or upbringing?


Criminologists often go on to enter careers in government, the police and prison services, the court services, the NHS, educational institutions and non-governmental organisations working with young offenders or victims of crime. Opportunities also exist in a range of social welfare positions and in the private sector.


Students will study four units across the two years

Unit 1 - Changing awareness of crime; learners develop an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. Knowing about the wide range of different crimes and the reasons people have for not reporting such crimes provides an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social implications of such crimes.

Unit 2 - Criminology theories enables learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on previous understanding. Learners explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.

Unit 3 - Crime scene courtroom provides learners with an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.

Unit 4 - Crime and punishment, learners apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.


Unit Assessment
Changing awareness of crime Internal assessment assignment
Criminology theories Exam (90 minutes)
Crime scence in the courtroom Internal assessment assignment
Crime and punishment Exam (90 minutes)



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