Crime and Deviance A Level Pathway

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


Studying a Crime and Deviance pathway offers a multifaceted exploration into the complexities of human behaviour, societal norms, and legal systems. Combining A-level subjects in Sociology, Psychology, and Law provides a comprehensive understanding of the causes, effects, and responses to criminal behaviour.

InA Level Sociology you will delve into the structural and cultural factors that contribute to crime and deviance within society. Examining theories such as strain theory, labelling theory, and social control theory to understand why individuals engage in criminal behaviour and how social institutions respond to it.

A Level Psychology provides insight into the psychological underpinnings of criminal behaviour, exploring topics such as cognitive processes, personality disorders, and forensic psychology. You will analyse case studies and research findings to understand the motivations behind criminal acts and the role of mental health in the legal system.

A Level Law introduces you to the principles and practices of the legal system, including criminal law, criminology, and the criminal justice system. They study key concepts such as legal responsibility, criminal defences, and sentencing, gaining a solid foundation in the legal frameworks used to address crime and deviance.

By integrating these subjects, you will develop a holistic understanding of crime and deviance, examining its sociological, psychological, and legal dimensions. You will hone critical thinking, analytical, and research skills, preparing you for further study or careers in fields such as criminology, forensic psychology, law enforcement, or legal advocacy. Overall, the Crime and Deviance pathway offers a compelling exploration into the complexities of human behaviour and social order, empowering you to contribute meaningfully to the study and prevention of crime in society.

What will I do?

A Level Psychology
In A Level Psychology, explore the intriguing world of human behaviour and cognition, spanning diverse topics to unravel the complexities of the mind. Covering areas like biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and forensic psychology, delve into theories, research methods, and ethical considerations. Gain insight into memory, perception, attachment, conformity, and abnormal behaviour, learning to critically assess studies and apply theories practically. Through experiments, case studies, and debates, hone analytical skills, research prowess, and comprehension of the factors influencing human behaviour.

A Level Sociology
In A Level Sociology, explore the intricate fabric of society, dissecting its structures, institutions, and interactions. Analyse fundamental concepts like culture, socialization, inequality, and power, understanding their impact on individuals and communities. The curriculum encompasses diverse sociological theories, from classical to contemporary perspectives, including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and modern scholars. Investigate themes like social stratification, gender, ethnicity, education, family, and crime using qualitative and quantitative research methods to unravel societal phenomena.

A Level Law
In A Level Law, you will learn about the fundamental aspects of the English legal system. Exploring exciting elements of criminal and civil law to develop a deep and varied understanding of the laws that govern England. You will also consider how laws are made and applied, and the influence that justice, morality and society have had on the development of English law. You will use your knowledge of the law and landmark legal cases to analyse scenarios and develop a detailed legal argument.

To study the Crime and Deviance Pathway you will need to have 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above.

This pathway lasts for 2 years. Starting in September 2024, you will study 4 days per week at our Boston College Sixth Building, on our Boston Campus (Rochford).

The A Level Pathway for Crime and Deviance is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

Each one of the three A Levels that make up the Crime and Deviance Pathway is assessed individually:

  • A Level Law: You will sit 3 formal examinations
  • A Level Psychology: You will sit 3 formal examinations
  • A Level Sociology: You will sit 3 formal examinations

A career in the field of crime and deviance pathway offers diverse opportunities to understand, prevent, and address societal issues. A deep understanding of law equips you to pursue roles such as criminal defence lawyer, where advocating for client's rights within the legal system is paramount. Alternatively, specializing in criminal law enables you to prosecute offenders as a crown prosecutor, ensuring justice is served.

Psychology complements this path by providing insights into the minds of individuals involved in criminal behaviour. Forensic psychologists assess and treat offenders, aiding in rehabilitation and risk assessment. Moreover, with a focus on understanding societal structures and behaviours, Sociology opens doors to roles such as a criminal analyst.

These disciplines also intersect in roles such as probation officer, where knowledge of law guides rehabilitation efforts, while psychology and sociology inform strategies to support offenders' reintegration into society. Additionally, opportunities exist in academia and research, investigating the root causes of crime or devising policies for social change. A career in this pathway offers a chance to contribute meaningfully to communities, addressing the complexities of crime and deviance through a multidisciplinary lens.

Successful completion of the Crime and Deviance A Level Pathway will give you the skills and knowledge to progress on the next step of your academic journey. This can be in Higher Education, in the form of a Degree level course or apprenticeship, or directly into employment in your chosen career.

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