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Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology (WJEC ) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime - You need to be able to demonstrate your understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.

Unit 2 – Criminological Theories - This unit builds on your knowledge from unit 1, and aims for you to gain an understanding of why people commit crime.

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom - This unit provides an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. You will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment - You will 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 policy.

Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose demands learning related to authentic case studies. It also requires you to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on themselves, other individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also allow you to learn in such a way that you develop your independent learning skills, your problem solving abilities, project based research and development skills and the ability to apply learning to a real-life context.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied a related KS4 subject to choose this subject in Sixth Form.


Assessment will be carried out both internally through assignments and externally through both exam and set assignments.


Unit 1 & 3 are internally assed coursework (50% of overall marks), units 2 & 4 are externally assessed examinations (50% of overall marks).  Students must complete all of the units.

Future opportunities

A main purpose of this course is to support access to Higher Education degree courses such as Criminology, Law, Sociology and Psychology.  Alternatively it is of course highly suitable for students interested in careers within the police force, the justice system and so forth.

Further information

This links particularly well with other Humanities based subjects as well as Psychology and Sociology.

Contact Mrs Reinis-Keightley, Subject Leader in Psychology, or email her at

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: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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