Course Overview

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology. This course has elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities. The course is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university and it focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system. However, alternatively, students can consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4 or above).

GCSE English at grade 6.

Students do not have to have studied this subject before but we envisage it would particularly appeal to students who have studied and enjoyed GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History or Humanities.


Course Outline

There are 4 units to study:

1. Changing awareness of crime

2. Criminological Theories

3. Crime Scene to courtroom

4. Crime and Punishment



Units 1 and 3 are controlled assessments that are internally assessed.

Units 2 and 4 are externally assessed examinations.

Unit 4 is a synoptic paper which means that elements of Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be tested in the exam.

All elements must be passed and grading is awarded from A-E.



No coursework.



Units 2 and 4 are assessed via examination: 1 hour 30 minutes each, taken in June.


Exam Board


Student Portrait

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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