Lincoln Minster School

A-Level Criminology

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This Programme is New for 2023

Criminology is the study of law and crime, a discipline that combines elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology. Our aim is to enable students to acquire skills to clearly describe and assess theoretical explanations for the causes of criminal behaviour and review how the British justice system deals with offenders.

We aim to help students to consider the social implications of crime and criminality, including government policies and police initiatives, using empathy and informed judgement. Students will acquire academic skills such as independent research, report writing, analytical and evaluative skills as they will be required to review the validity of theories and research evidence.

We aim to help students develop an objective and comprehensive vocabulary in order to discuss sensitive issues concisely and precisely in written reports and spoken debates. Practical skills include creativity, planning and organisation.

We hope to help students to develop an understanding of how theoretical concepts apply in the real world of the police investigation and court room by looking at real life examples and cases. We will give students an insight into career options within the criminal justice, social and probation work and within the police force.

This is an Applied General qualification, designed primarily to support learners progressing to university or into higher level apprenticeships.

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Course Content and Methodology

The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is equivalent to one A-level and consists of four mandatory units.

  • Changing Awareness of Crime (internally assessed)
  • Criminology Theories (externally assessed)
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom (internally assessed)
  • Crime and Punishment (externally assessed)
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Assessment will be through internally marked controlled assessments and external examinations. The weightings for assessment are 50% external, 50% internal. Students can achieve grades A – E on each unit. The final grade is an aggregate of all the unit grades to give an overall grade of A* - E.

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Meet Our Alumni

Our students go on to many exciting destinations all over the world and work in a wide range of careers. Our alumni includes Netflix actors, olympians, racecar drivers, musicians, business leaders and much more. 

Course Requirements

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Aspire Programme

The Aspire Programme is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging academic opportunities for our students.
These opportunities will be focused on extending knowledge and understanding, providing stimulating and demanding academic challenges, and, ultimately, inspiring students to apply for the most competitive courses at the most prestigious institutions. 


Our Sixth Form students have access to their own Common Room, Resources Centre and Silent Study Suite, where they socialise and relax, find books or speak to our Careers team, and complete their studies in peace (respectively).

As part of their studies, students may also have access to the dedicated art, photography and graphic design studio, purpose-built Recital Hall for musical performances, fully-equipped drama studio as well as indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.