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HumanitiesCriminology is the study of crime from a social perspective: the causes of crime, the social impact of crime, and the criminals involved in the crime. Criminologists study criminology in an attempt to better understand what motivates the criminal to act in a criminal manner. An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.


Criminology is taught in C and D block. Computer rooms are available for use when required and the library provides us with a variety of resources. You will have access to a wide range books, publications and the VLE will provide you with many extra resources.


Key Stage 5

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  • Year 12 Year 13

    What will I study?

    • Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime
      The first mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.
    • Unit 2: Criminological theories
      The second mandatory unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.
    • Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom
      The third mandatory unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
    • Unit 4: Criminological theories
      In the final mandatory unit, learners will apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

    How will I be assessed?

    Students will be assessed through exam and coursework. Exams take place at the end of Year 13.

    • Unit 2 and Unit 4: Assessed through exam
      • 90 minute exam
      • Mixture of short and extended answer questions
    • Unit 1 and Unit 3 (90 hours per unit): Assessed through coursework
      • Coursework will take place during Year 12 and Year 13


Teaching staff

  • Burks, Jennifer
  • Kangley, Anne
  • Powell, Catherine


Subjects covered by Humanities

Humanities collectively includes many subject areas. Please follow the links below to find out more about each subject.