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Qualification type:

Level 3 Diploma


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

English Language 4


Subject description:

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge of,  understanding of and skills in investigating  the following questions:


  • What different types of crime take place in our society?
  • How do we decide what behaviour is criminal?
  • What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance?
  • How do we explain why people commit crime?
  • What happens to those who commit a crime?
  • Why and how do we punish people?
  • What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality?


Units studied:

  • Changing Awareness of Crime: develop an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. Knowing about the wide range of different crimes and the reasons people have for not reporting such crimes provides an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social implications of such crimes and criminality.
  • Criminological Theories: gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1. Explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom: gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. Develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
  • Crime and Punishment: apply 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.


How the course is assessed:

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is assessed through a combination of two written examinations set and marked by WJEC; Criminological Theories and Crime and Punishment, and two centre-marked assignments: Changing Awareness of Crime and Crime Scene to Courtroom.


Post-18 opportunities:

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, including police officers, probation and prison officers, and social workers. With their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, criminology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.


Teacher responsible:   Miss D Clarke