• Social Science

    Introduction to Criminology

  • Local Authority

    East Ayrshire/North Ayrshire/South Ayrshire

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr, Kilwinning and Kilmarnock Campus -Tuesday and Thursday 2pm to 4pm

Who is the course for

This course is aimed at learners who wish to develop their knowledge of the fascinating discipline of Criminology.

This course offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills while you learn about the various areas that Criminologists explore.

What is the course about

You will develop an understanding of the different types of physical evidence available at a crime scene and how this evidence is utilised. You will learn about the role of forensic psychology in the police, prison and court systems. Through the use of famous cases you will develop an understanding of forensic psychology and profiling.

You will develop an understanding of the different types of crimes that are committed with the local community. In addition this course will introduce you to the different ways that members of the community perceive crime and the role of the mass media in perceptions of crime. You will also learn about the various measures introduced to tackle crime and whether they are helping or hindering the community.

What do I need

  • An interest in Criminology, the nature of crime and theories of its causes and solutions.
  • Three National 4 qualifications including English and one Social Subject. Students should also be working towards National 5’s in English and one Social subject whilst completing this course if they have not already achieved these.
  • No formal social science qualifications are required but advantageous

How will I be assessed

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and consists of 2 open book and 1 closed book assessments.

Next Steps

On successful completion of the course you may wish to apply for NC Social Science, NC Higher Social Sciences or HNC Social Science (depending on other qualifications).

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