• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyWJEC


This is an A Level Mix it up programme. You will study this course alongside A Levels.

This course introduces you to various aspects of crime, deviance and the criminal justice system.  It is broken down into four units (two of which are studied in Year 1 and the remaining two in Year 2). 

Course Information

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The first unit explores our awareness of crimes which often go ‘under the radar’. 

The second unit offers an introduction to the various theoretical explanations to criminal and deviant behaviour.  Is there such as thing as a ‘born’ criminal?  Is criminal behaviour learned? 

The third and fourth units are taken in the second year. With unit 3 taking you on a journey through the legal system by examining those who work within it, covering techniques such as DNA, CCTV, eye witness testimony and criminal profiling. 

The fourth and final unit has a huge emphasis on the different agencies which operate within our criminal justice system such as the police, the prison service and probation.  This unit will help you to develop a critical awareness of some of the contemporary issues that these agencies face today.

September- June

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE (not equivalents), including English language and maths. An average GCSE point score of 5.5 recommended (only GCSE grades for this score, not equivalents).

The course is assessed by both controlled assessment and examination.  With each year having an external exam and a controlled assessment taken in the summer term. Each of these four assessments are equally weighted and will form the basis of the certificate or diploma grade.

University Opportunities: Previous students have progressed to study at HE level in subjects such as Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social and Public Sector Development, Policing, Youth and Community Studies and Law. 

Career Opportunities: These are often available within the criminal justice system such as the police, prison and probation service, youth work, support work in sectors such as women’s refuges, civil services, housing, community worker and social worker.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.

If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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