Sigma Sixth Tendring Course Guide

WJEC DIPLOMA IN CRIMINOLOGY “It is impossible for a criminal to act, especially considering the intensity of a crime, without leaving traces of this presence” Edmond Locard Crime is a universal constant within all societies and most of us, at one point of another, will suffer the effects of crime. Studying crime helps discover and analyse the causes of crime in order to reduce crime and the negative impact that it has on society. Criminology is a wide-ranging field which encompasses many disciplines including law, sociology, psychology and forensic science. Similarly, criminology research focuses on issues including causes and consequences of crime, young offenders, victimisation and the operation of the criminal justice system. Within criminology you will learn how the criminal justice system is structured and the operation of its main agencies such as the police, judiciary and prison system. You will also learn about theories of crime, methods of campaigning to change the law, and the conducting of criminal investigations. Criminology offers a comprehensive overview of the study of crime and the roles of different agencies within the criminal justice system and their value to society. CURRICULUM STATEMENT • Unit 1 Changing awareness of crime – a study of different types of crime, its consequences and the role of media in crime. There is also a strong focus on campaigning for change. • Unit 2 Criminological theories – a study of crime and deviance and theories of crime both modern and historical. • Unit 3 Crime scene to courtroom – a study of the criminal process from the moment a crime is reported to the final verdict in court. • Unit 4 Crime and punishment – a study of the law and the different agencies which make up the criminal justice system in England andWales. COURSE CONTENT Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and maths. ENTRY CRITERIA