Criminology Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Criminology is a new and innovative course which looks at crime from the perspective of both criminals and victims. This subject teaches a critical analysis of the criminal justice system whilst also examining the motives of criminals. We examine why some crimes remain unreported, whilst others are over-represented in the media/news. Criminology will give you an awareness of cyber crime and explore the consequences of sophisticated, street level crime. Studying Criminology will broaden your knowledge of the courtroom and give you an insight into crime scenes. This course is especially appealing to those who wish to pursue a career in forensics.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

The course is focussed on assessing biological, individualistic and sociological theories of crime. Units include:- Changing awareness of crime; criminological theories; crime scene to court room and crime and punishment.


Unit 1 Year 1 – Internal summative controlled assessment. (25% of your final grade).
Unit 2 Year 1 – External examination of short and extended questions. (25% of your final grade).
Unit 3 Year 2 – Internal summative controlled assessment. Learners produce a piece of evidence that contributes to the assessment criteria (25% of your final grade).
Unit 4 Year 2 – External examination of short and extended questions (25% of your final grade).

Enrichment and Work Experience

Students are required to complete a one week work experience placement in the designated week in the summer term. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience. It supports the academic skills they develop during their time here and allows them to acquire skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Responsibility for obtaining this placement lies ultimately with the learner, although there is vast amount of support and guidance available to assist them through the work experience officer, careers guidance team, curriculum teachers and their personal tutor.

Additional Information

Criminology is useful for learners considering a career in the field of crime, legal system, or forensic science. Learners must have a keen interest in current affairs related to deviant and criminal behaviour. Following the news is essential to keep abreast with both reported and under-reported crime. Recommended textbook is by WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate and Diploma Criminology by Carole A Henderson.

Links with other subjects:
Criminology combines well with other social science and humanities subjects including: Law, Psychology, and Sociology as well as the Single Vocational A Level in Public Services.

Future Career Opportunities

The qualification will offer you a variety of opportunities as well as gaining an insight into the criminal mind, the UK justice systems policy and practice and societal reactions to crime. Future career opportunities may include work within social policy and the government, probation, the police and prisons, social work, the youth offending team and forensic psychology.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

This is a dynamic and stimulating subject, offering students an experience of learning about crime. You will develop your knowledge and the wider issues surrounding crime; from examining the minds of criminals to legal proceedings in the courtroom.