You will gain an understanding of crime and deviance and in particular, biological and sociological explanations of criminality.
You will consider the evidence to help identify criminals using DNA, forensic information, offender profiling and eyewitness testimonies. You will also investigate the criminal trial processes and the strict rules governing these. You will investigate organisations of social control and their effectiveness in preventing and protecting us from criminality.
Five GCSEs grade 4 or above or a BTEC in a relevant subject but must include English Language and Mathematics. Please note this is a subsidiary diploma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will be assessed through assignments, essays, reports, assessed practical work and two external exams.
It is perfect if you want to pursue a career in the field of social and probation work, sociology, law and psychology.
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