Quarrydale Departments

Social Sciences

Staff Members


Head of Department

Mr C. J. Wardle (HOD)


Mr C. J. Wardle (HOD) | 

Psychology & Criminology
KeyStage 4 and 5

Miss L.  Straw

Criminology & Uniformed Services  KeyStage 5

Mrs H. Cooper

Sociology & EPQ
KeyStage 4 and 5


Social Sciences – Vision Statement

The Social Sciences department aims to encourage students to critically question and discuss what they know about their own and others’ behaviour through looking at various societal issues, their place in society and the world around them. Students are encouraged to be inclusive and recognise the place of individual differences within society and how this in term can affect how they think about the world around them.  Students will develop their critical thinking through the debating of various psychological, sociological and criminological explanations and how these are applied in the world today. Students will see the importance of using empirical evidence as a way of supporting and refuting arguments and be able to develop their scientific thinking through the use of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and approaches.



Vision Statement – Criminology

Criminology aims to encourage students to critically question and discuss crime as a contextual and theoretical concept. Students will develop a critical understanding of the criminal justice system and how that system relates to broader societal ideas, whilst also analysing crime from the perspectives of criminals, victims and policy makers. Students will foster an awareness of real world issues through the use of case studies, allowing the development of analysis, contextualisation, evaluation and synthetisation in examining whether the criminal justice system works fairly for all. Students will cultivate an appreciation of inclusivity, equality and diversity through their exploration of Criminological concepts. 


What will the subject enable me to do?


Criminology is the study of crime and criminals. It investigates the causes of crime, the social impact of crime and the individuals involved in crime, from those who commit crime themselves to those who work within the criminal justice system. We study Criminology in an attempt to understand what motivates an individual to act in a criminal manner, giving consideration to individual and situational factors that may have impacted on the decision making process; once this is known, we can study how crime can be managed, controlled and prevented.

In Year 12, you will study the changing awareness of crime, allowing you to identify and understand different types of crime, the perception of crime and the reporting of crime. You will also study Criminological Theories, exploring Psychological and Sociological explanations for criminal behaviour.

In Year 13, the focus will be on methods of investigating crime and the processes used from crime scene to court room in order to reach a guilty/not guilty verdict. You will also study crime and punishment, examining how effective different types of punishment for criminal behaviour are and the different agencies who work to maintain social control.

Criminology students are found in many walks of life but usually in a career that centres on working within the Criminal Justice System such as; Legal services, the Police Force, National Probation Service, Courts and Tribunals Service, Offender rehabilitation, The National Offender Management Service, education and government. Criminology has many transferable skills and will allow you to develop your critical reasoning, debating, analytical and collaborative learning skills; all vital for progression to Higher Education and employment.


Keystage 5

Students will follow the WJEC Applied Diploma in Criminology and will be assessed by one internally sat controlled assessment and one external examination in year 12, with this process repeated in year 13 .Students will develop the skills and knowledge required for further education in the Social Sciences. Students are expected to work independently out of the classroom completing homework or revising the vast amount of content required for the examinations.





Unit One

Changing Awareness of Crime

Internally set assignment (Controlled Assessment) 25% of overall grade.

Unit Two

Criminological Theories

Externally set 90 minute exam

25% of overall grade

Unit Three

Crime Scene to Courtroom

Internally set assignment (Controlled Assessment) 25% of overall grade.

Unit Four


Crime and Punishment

Externally set 90 minute exam

25% of overall grade



Homework and support

Homework will be assigned as and when it is necessary and may take the form of short answer questions, conducting a piece of research or extended answer questions. Much support given is through email communication and some additional small group sessions after school.


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