Criminology is the study of crime, order and criminal justice. The course considers four mandatory units: Changing Awareness of Crime, Criminological Theories, Crime Scene to Courtroom and Crime and Punishment.
This qualification is equivalent in size to 1 A level and it has been designed as one third of a typical study programme, normally alongside A levels or other applied general qualifications at level 3.
Internal Assessment (50%) External Assessment (50%)
Standard entry requirments to include GCSE Grade 4 in English and 4 in Mathematics
WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate & Diploma Criminology by Carole A Henderson
You may be required to complete an activity before you start in order to help introduce you to the subject. Check back in the summer term for more details.
The Criminology course is made up of four mandatory
Changing Awareness of Crime: learners 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 reported such crimes provides an
understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social
implications of such crimes and criminality.
Criminological Theories: learners gain an
understanding of why people commit crime and explore
the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and
the theories behind why people commit crime.
Crime Scene to Courtroom: learners gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been
identified to the verdict. They develop the understanding and
skills needed to examine information in order to review the
justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
Crime and Punishment: learners 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
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.