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WJEC Diploma in Criminology at Astor College

Course description

How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone a serial killer? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? Who decides what behaviours should be against the law? Who gathers information about crime? Can this information be trusted? Can we trust our own instincts? Why do most of us tend to obey the law even when to do so is against our own interests? What happens to those who violate our legal systems? Why do we punish people? How do we punish people? What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality? What are the roles of personnel involved when a crime is detected? What investigative techniques are available to investigators to help to identify the culprit?


This two year course, will hopefully help you answer these questions and more.

Course content

Across the two years students study a total of four units of work which include; developing a greater awareness of types of crime, reporting of crime, crime statistics, media presentation of crime, the biological, sociological & psychological theories of crime and the process of criminal justice from crime scene to court.

1,  Changing awareness of crime

2. Criminological theories

3. Crime scene to courtroom

4. Crime & punishment





Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C / 4 or above including English and Mathematics

Future opportunities

BSc Criminology, BA Criminology, BA Criminology and Criminal Justice, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology, LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology, BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, BA (Hons) Criminology, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology, BSc Criminology with Law

Alternatively, the qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, eg the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service


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: 27 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: two years