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Criminology - Level 3

Overview

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminals.

The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities.

The qualification would support learners’ progression from any study at Level 2, particularly GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History and Humanities.

Recommended courses to study alongside this qualification include:

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, which must include BB in science (or BBC if doing triple science), with one B from in biology. A grade 4/C in mathematics and English is also required.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

 

Start dates and fees

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September 20211448Apply online

How long is the course?

This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level and is to be studied alongside two A Levels for two years.

How will I be assessed?

Students study four units and two are externally assessed:

The Criminological Theories unit and the Crime and Punishment unit are both assessed with a 90-minute exam worth 75 marks in the June of each year.

The exams include short and extended answer questions, based on stimulus material and applied contexts. Each question will have an applied problem-solving scenario.

What does the course lead to?

The main purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is mainly to use the qualification to support Access to University courses. Alternatively, the qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

What will I study?

You will study 4 mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Unit 2: Criminological Theories
  • Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • Unit 4: Crime and Punishment.

The first unit will enable the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.

The second unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.

The third unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

In the final unit, learners will apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

The main purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is mainly to use the qualification to support Access to University courses, such as:

  • BSc Criminology
  • BA Criminology
  • BA Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
  • BSc Criminology with Law

How do I apply?

Apply online

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