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Criminology Level 3 Diploma at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)

Course description

Criminology is the study of how crime is defined, why some people commit crime and what happens when they do. It is also the study of the police, the courts and penal systems, as well as the prevention and deterrence of criminal behaviour.This qualification is designed to give learners an introduction to the theories of criminology and is well suited to learners looking to pursue a career in a range of uniformed services, especially the police force

Course content

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities.

This is an Applied General qualification.  It has been designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system

. The Diploma in Criminology is a 2 year,linear course. Students will study four units and will be assessed on each unit. Assessment on the course is graded A to E.

Subject Content & Assessment Learners must complete ALL units. Assessment is through both controlled assessments and external exams.

Unit 1 Changing Perception of Crime-Controlled Assessment

This  unit will enable the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.

Unit 2 Criminological Theories-Exam

The second unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.

Unit 3 Crime Scene to Courtroom –Controlled Assessment

The third unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.  Learners 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-Exam

In the fourth unit, learners 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.



Learning Methods

Whole class and group teaching, discussion, watching videos, independent research,– these are some of the ways the subject is delivered. Students are informed, challenged and stimulated. Homework is set regularly. Students should be prepared work independently and in groups, to join in discussions and share ideas.

Entry requirements


Entry requirements

Students need to have obtained the following:

  • at least 5 A* to C  GCSE passes in  subjects, plus
  • at least a C grade in English


.Students also need to have a keen interest in human behaviour and in finding out what might cause people to commit crimes.

Future opportunities


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

The course does attract UCAS points and several universities have shown an interest in accepting Criminology alongside A levels for entry to undergraduate courses-please discuss with one of the teachers if you are interested in studying Criminology at University

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September