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Criminology WJEC Level 3 at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

Criminology is an excellent choice for anyone with an interest in criminal behaviour and the impacts of criminality. The course investigates the theories behind criminality, and why individuals engage in criminal activity, as well this. Students will be invited to explore the impact criminality has upon society.

Complementary options studied alongside Criminology although not exclusively are, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Media and Social Policy.

The course can lead to a wide range of career opportunities, and opens up a study path at University in subjects such as Criminology, Criminal Psychology, Law and Sociology.

Course content

Year 1 Award in Criminology (Unit 1 and 2)

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

This involves students investigating the dark figure of crime and why some crimes go unreported. Investigating the reasons why victims do not report crime. How the media influences crime rates and perceptions of crime and the impact campaigns can have on crime rates.

Unit 2: Criminological Theories

Students will be asked to consider questions such as how and who decides what acts are criminal? What makes someone a killer? Students will develop an awareness of the theories of Criminology in order to sharpen an insight into the thinking used by experts, politicians and policy makers in combating crime and criminality.  

Year 2 Diploma in Criminology (Unit 3 and 4)

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom

Students will gain a clear insight into the roles of personnel involved at each stage of a criminal investigation and prosecution. Students will evaluate investigation techniques, rules governing Policing and Court processes and develop the ability to judge if a criminal verdict is safe and just.

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment

Students will be given the opportunity to investigate which social institutions have been developed to ensure people obey the laws? A great deal of taxpayers’ money is spent on social control, so how effective are these organisations in dealing with criminality?

Student can take Criminology as a one year option (all 4 units completed in one year)


Component One (Unit 1 and 3 units: 50%)

Internal controlled assessment: One 8 hour assessment split over 4 week period

Component two (unit 2 and 4: 50%)

External assessment:  90 minute examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyke Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 January 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years