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Criminology Level 3 Diploma (WJEC) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

How do we explain why people commit crime?  What makes someone a serial killer? Criminologists have produced theoretical explanations of why people commit crime, but which is the most useful? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal?  To what extent are we misled by our tastes in programmes and newspapers about crime?  Who decides what behaviours should be against the law?  Who gathers information about crime?  Can this information be trusted? Can we trust our own instincts?

What different types of crime are there which take place in our society?  What kinds of crime exist about which we know very little, or which are simply not reported to the police and the media?  Why are some crimes under-reported or not in the public eye?  What are the roles of personnel involved when a crime is detected?  What investigative techniques are available to investigators to help to identify the culprit?  What happens to a suspect once charged by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service?  What safeguards are in place to ensure a suspect has a fair trial?

This two year Diploma is taught four hours per week. It will hopefully help you to answer these questions and more!

Course content

This is a 2 year course where students will cover four mandatory units on; changing awareness of crime, criminological theories, crime scene to courtroom and crime and punishment. These units will allow students to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of key areas in criminology as well as applying this knowledge to crime focused scenarios.

Students will develop skills such as critical analysis, independent thinking and research as well as skills in organisation and application.

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

Students will be expected to have a minimum of five GCSEs from grade 4 - 9, including English and Maths.


Students will be expected to complete two internally assessed pieces of coursework, written in controlled conditions and two exams lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Financial information

 As a full time student you should not need to pay any course or examination fees (under 19).

There may be a cost for equipment, educational visits, printing etc.

Future opportunities

As with any level 3 qualification, the UCAS points gained could help you in to a university course. It would also help in careers in the Legal profession.

Further information

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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