• Bede Campus
  • 4:30pm - 6:15pm

Why do people commit crime; are they born to do it, or is it learned? How are criminals portrayed by the media?

Does a punishment always reflect the seriousness of the crime?

Discover how A-Levels in Law, Criminology, Sociology and Psychology interact when investigating the famous criminal case of Harold Shipman. A student studying a combination of these subjects at A-Level has a bright future; realise where this cluster of subjects could take you!

You will go on a journey that begins with a simple question; why did he do it? Psychological and sociological theories may help us understand why people carry out the most horrendous acts such as murder, which may assist us in being able to identify whether a person is destined to be a criminal.

Analyse media extracts to see what influence this may have on a criminal case. You’ve all read newspaper articles, watched YouTube videos and seen photographs…but what are these actually telling us? Do the media jump to conclusions, make false accusations and actually determine a person to be guilty without cold, hard facts?

Guilty or not guilty? Get to grips with the process involved in establishing whether a person has actually committed a crime, by applying the British judicial system and in having a go at applying the law to the case of Harold Shipman – what laws were broken? Was his sentence deserved and justified?


Parents are welcome to attend the event.

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