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Criminology ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Why study this course? 

Do you want to know about crime? Criminology covers all aspects of crime, from what types of crime there are to the range of punishments people receive for committing crime. This Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology contains elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology, which complement the study of Humanities or Social Science subjects. During the course, you will investigate:

  • How crime is portrayed in the media and how this affects people’s view of crime

  • Different theories and explanations about why people commit crime

  • How crime is investigated and criminals are prosecuted

  • How laws are made

  • How punishment works and ways to control crime.


Extra-curricular aspects of the course

We aim to ensure that students gain a full understanding of all aspects of the course, and therefore we have a comprehensive reading list available from the library. We aim to visit local courts to view the criminal justice system in action, and guest speakers will be invited in to add vocational detail to our students understanding of the course content. 


Entry Requirements

A GCSE grade 6 in GCSE English Language and grade 6 Religious Education is required for A Level Sociology. If
GCSE Religious Education has not been studied then a grade 6 must have been achieved in another Humanities


Higher Education and Careers

Criminology is an increasingly popular subject for students aiming to study a wide variety of degrees at university. The subject explores why people commit crime, drawing on explanations from psychology and sociology, along with how society tackles crime through the law, policing and punishment. Students learn about different types of crime, how people’s perceptions of crime are shaped and how crimes are investigated. As such, it can contribute to careers such as Law, Policing, Social Work, Probation and Social Policy.


Equipment required for the course

Students need to be equipped with adequate stationary for the equivalent of five hours teaching per week.



Assessment for this qualification is 50% internal assessment, and 50% external assessment. The grading is A*-E. All units must be passed to gain the overall qualification.  

1 Changing Awareness of Crime- Internal assessment

2 Criminological Theories- External assessment- 90 minute examination.

3 Crime Scene to Courtroom- Internal assessment

4 Crime and Punishment- External assessment- 90 minute examination.

Assessments will be completed continuously across the two years rather than final examinations at the end of year 13. Although we would aim to avoid the need for resits, there are opportunities to resit units for this qualification.


Course Leader: Ms. N Burton
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Level:  WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Awarding Body: WJEC