Course Description

Criminology is a modern and innovative course which looks at crime from the perspective of both criminals and victims. The subject teaches a critical analysis of the criminal justice system, whilst also examining the motives of criminals. This course is especially appealing to those who wish to pursue a career in forensics or criminal psychology.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. 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.

Features of the Course

The course is focused 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
Unit 2 Year 1 – External examination of short and extended questions
Unit 3 Year 2 – Internal summative controlled assessment. Learners produce a piece of evidence that contributes to the assessment criteria
Unit 4 Year 2 – External examination of short and extended questions

Exam Board: WJEC

Enrichment and Work Experience

Students are expected to complete a one-week work experience placement 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 at The Sixth Form 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 and another recommended book is: Criminology Book One by Robert Webb.

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

This qualification will allow you to gain the required knowledge and skills to be able to consider employment within a range of aspects of the criminal justice system, law or the police including the courts, national probation service and tribunal’s service or the national offender management service.

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.