Criminology examines why crime is committed (e.g. biological, psychological, and sociological explanations) as well as how the criminal justice system works and how crime leads to social policy change. The assessment includes coursework and examinations. The diploma is equivalent to one A-Level.
Mrs Jackson - Head of Department
Miss Butler - Social Science Teacher
Miss Thompson - Social Science Teacher
Mrs Pedder - Social Science Teacher
Miss Yatirawana - Social Science Teacher
We teach Criminology as it is a subject that enhances understanding human behaviour - drawing on a wide range of disciplines, including Biology, Psychology, Sociology and Law. Students develop a broad set of academic skills as well as empathy and understanding of the policies to reduce offending.
The purpose of Criminology homework is to enhance the student's subject knowledge and develop essential skills and a wider interest and appreciation of the subject. A range of homework tasks are set which include independent and group research projects and TED talks followed by comprehension questions.
Key Stage 5
Level 3: WJEC
Criminology is the scientific study of the nature causes, control and consequences of criminal behaviour. It examines why crime is committed focusing on biological, psychological, and sociological explanations, as well as how the criminal justice system works and how crime leads to social policy change. Criminology will enable learners to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported and allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime.
The focus of learning is on building informed, balanced and clear arguments through academic research and investigation of contemporary issues in crime and criminal justice. The course covers areas of sociology, psychology and law and therefore requires some extended writing in both coursework and exams.
Many students will continue to study Criminology or related courses at University. Employment possibilities in criminal justice include law enforcement, probation, parole as well as community support services. Opportunities also exist in research, policy analysis, journalism and information science.
Summary Curriculum Plan
It is our intent that pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum, learn alongside their peers and achieve similar outcomes.
In addition, they may benefit from additional opportunities in the lessons and in the co-curricular activities that are arranged especially for them.
The Social Sciences department undertakes a wide range of co-curricular activities, these include;
- “Brain Day” and other Psychology conferences
- “Behind Bars” conferences on the experiences of people in prison
- Criminology conference with Prof. David Wilson
- Zoo trip and Phobias workshop
- Talks by guest speakers including Dr James Tapp from Broadmoor Hospital.
Year 11 Criminology students assessing a crime scene for evidence and taking samples:
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
For further information regarding our Social Sciences Curriculum please contact:
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