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Criminology WJEC Applied Level 3 Certificate at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

Criminology is the study of the reasons why individuals commit crimes. By understanding why a person commits a crime, we can develop ways to control crime or rehabilitate the criminal. There are many theories in criminology: some attribute crime to the individual, who makes a conscious choice whether or not to commit a crime; others believe it is the community’s responsibility to ensure that their citizens do not commit crime. A third group believes that some individuals have latent traits that will determine how they will react when put in certain situations. This course will enable you to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and make recommendations for policy. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness, and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.

Course content

The two units studied for the Certificate:

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime: How we can differentiate between myth and reality when it comes to crime, and understand the importance of changing public perceptions of crime.

Unit 2: Criminological Theories: Different theoretical explanations of crime and how to understand the behaviour of a specific crime or criminal.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades minimum grade 4 including Science, English and Maths.


Exam Board: WJEC

Future opportunities

Criminology is directly relevant to careers in the probation, police or prison services; social work; the legal profession; community development; or youth work. You may also go on to study Criminology at degree level or move into a related field such as psychology, sociology, law or social work. It is also relevant in careers involving communication; generating and evaluating evidence; making reasoned arguments and ethical judgments; critical thinking and problem solving; and analysing and interpreting data.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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