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Criminology WJEC Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

Ever thought why different people commit crimes? Why do serial killers commit crime? Why do some people report crime and others don't? How much does the media influence our perception of crime? How does psychology and sociology explain crime? What happens during a criminal investigation? Who decides what laws to make? How do judges decide on the appropriate punishment for a crime?

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminals.

Course content

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime - Knowing about the wide range of different crimes and the reasons people have for not reporting such crimes will provide an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social implications of such crimes and criminality. At the end of this unit you will have gained skills to differentiate between myth and reality when it comes to crime and to recognise that common representation may be misleading and inaccurate.

Unit 2: Criminological Theories - How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone a serial killer, or abusive to their own families? Criminologists have produced theoretical explanations of why people commit crime, but which is the most useful?

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom - Develop the understanding and skills to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. What investigative techniques are available to investigators to help identify the culprit? Do techniques differ depending on the type of crime being investigated? The criminal trial process involves many different people and agencies. Learning about the roles of these will give you a clearer insight into what happens once a crime is detected and the process that leads to either a guilty or not guilty verdict.

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment - Why do we punish people? How do we punish people? What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality or those who will not abide by the social rules that most of us follow? You will learn about the criminal justice system in England and Wales and how it operates to achieve social control.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including GCSE Maths or English.


Units 1 and 3 are assessed through coursework.

Units 2 and 4 are assessed through examinations.

Each unit is worth 25% of the overall grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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