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"The deviant and the conformist...are creatures of the same culture, inventions of the same imagination.”

Criminology is one of the subjects within the “social sciences” at Springwood. The main objective is to understand and explain the role of criminal behavior in society. Criminology allows students to explore a  variety of topics such as Changing Awareness of Crime, Criminological Theories including
Psychological, Sociological and Biological explanations for offending, Crime Scene Analysis and the Role of the Courtroom, Dealing with Offending Behaviour, and Punishment.

The course will explore the origins of crime, social reactions to crime, and how crime is dealt with. It will investigate the role of each individual from offender to victim, forensic scientist to jury.  It is hoped that the study of Criminology will not only be of value to those who intend to take it further at degree level, but will enable students to develop useful skills for many other areas of study. 
Students will leave the course with a detailed understanding of offending behavior and the criminal justice system. This will enable students to further understand the role of crime and deviance in society by giving them opportunity to question their traditional beliefs and see behind the statistics.

The course will ensure that students are developing critical thinking skills through discussion,
evaluation and analysis. These are skills held in high esteem by universities and employers alike.

Entry Requirement

Grade 4 in Maths and English Lang plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5

Subject Specific Requirements

Grade 4 in History, RE, Sociology or other relevant Humanities subject.

Future Applications

Criminology will compliment the study of Sociology, Psychology, Sciences, Government & Politics and English.

It can lead to many undergraduate courses such as:

BSc/BA Criminology

BA Criminology and Criminal Justice

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology 

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

BA (Hons) Criminology

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

BSc Criminology & Law

Career opportunities include: prison service, police force, forensic science, social work and many many more!