About the subject

Criminology is the scientific study of crime. The course covers a wide range of topics within the area of Criminology.

In the first year you will compare the difference between crime and deviance, analyse different types of crime and look at how the media impacts on the public perception of crime. You will combine all of this knowledge to design your own crime awareness campaign.
In addition, you will also study explanations of criminal behavior and apply some of these theories to real life criminals.

In the second year, you will research different crime investigation techniques and also learn how evidence is collected, processed and used during the trial process.

If you are interested in studying Criminology at university, or are looking at a career in the police, law or other areas of the criminal justice sector then this course is suitable for you!

Your tasks to complete

To get a head start, you should download the Criminology introduction worksheet and fill it in by doing your own research on the internet.

There is also a “Criminology Taster Session” PowerPoint which you can work through to get an idea of the kinds of things you will be asked to do in class.

We look at a lot of criminal case studies in Criminology- if you are interested in finding out about some of them before you start, there is a YouTube documentary you can watch. The link is below:



Extended reading

Some interesting true crime books:

– The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
– Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd
– The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez by Philip Carlo

Meet the tutors

Hi everyone, I’m Ashleigh and I am one of the tutors for Criminology! I studied Psychology at university with specific interest in Forensic/Crime Psychology before completing my PGCE in Further Education, and I have worked at Barnsley Sixth Form for almost 6 years.

I love all things crime and have probably watched all of the crime documentaries on Netflix! I also have a really big fluffy dog called Archie who loves dragging me out on long walks (..and you’ll probably see him on my desktop background in September!).

We hope you enjoy working through the tasks we have set to get you ready for the start of term. If you have any further questions please just email and ask!

Any questions?

Email us on info@barnsley.ac.uk

Call us on 01226 216 123