This accredited course explores definitions and explanations of crime from psychological and sociological perspectives. It also looks at the criminal justice system and the challenges of interpreting crime statistics. It would be useful for further study eg. Access to Higher Education, other social science programmes, or for general or vocational interest.
The course is an introduction to the academic study of criminology. It comprises two units:
Aspects of Crime
· Definitions of crime and deviance
· Corporate crime, white-collar crime, organised crime, state crime and street crime
· Theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour
· Crime data including official statistics, self-report studies, victim studies
Criminal Justice System, Crime and Social Groups
· Main features of the criminal justice system – police, courts, prisons, etc
· Impact of gender, ethnicity, social class and age on experience of the CJS
Key criticisms of research on crime
While plenty of support will be provided, learners need to be fairly confident with their reading and writing skills – the latter being ideally at Level 2 standard.
Learners will be required to complete a short initial assessment prior to joing the course, unless they have previously attended the Introduction to Criminology course.
Pen, paper and a folder/document wallet.
The sessions will be largely tutor-led with plenty of opportunities for whole-group and small group discussion. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge with further reading and internet research between sessions.
Regular tasks and assignments are set throughout the course and students will receive regular feedback on an on-going basis. Upon successful completion, learners will obtain the Ascentis Level 2 Certificate in Criminology. The two units are assessed separately - through a series of assignments which are collated into 2 portfolios. All students are expected to do the assessments – this is a key aspect of the course.
Further study - A Levels in Social Science subjects, Access to Higher Education or related professional courses. The course would also provide a useful background for employment in educational, care, law enforcement or related settings (other qualifications will probably be required too).