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Criminology Level 3 Diploma (WJEC) at Crawshaw Academy

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.

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

The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is designed to support access to higher education degree courses in Criminology, Psychology and 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, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

Course content

Qualification structure:

Learners have to study 4 units

1 Changing Awareness of Crime

2 Criminological Theories

3 Crime Scene to Courtroom

4 Crime and Punishment

Learners must complete ALL units. 

The first unit will enable the learner to plan campaigns for change relating to crime. Learners will have gained skills to differentiate between myth and reality when it comes to crime and to recognise that common representations may be misleading and inaccurate. They will understand the importance of changing public perceptions of crime. This will then be used to plan a campaign for change in relation to crime; for example to raise awareness, change atitudes or change reporting behaviour.

The second unit will allow learners to apply their understanding of the public perceptions of crime and campaigns for change studied in unit 1 with criminological theories, to examine how both are used to set policy. Learners will think about 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?

The third unit allows learners to review criminal cases, evaluating the evidence in the cases to determine whether the verdict is safe and just. Learners will look at the criminal trial process and the many different people and agencies it involves. There sre strict rules as to how evidence is collected from a crime sceneand also strict rules governing the giving of evidence in court. Learning about these rules will allow the learner to review the trial process and assess whether the aims of the criminal justice system have been met. 

Unit 4 allows learners  to think about the criminal justice sytem in England and Wales and how it operates to achieve social control. Learners will look at the organisations which are part of our system of social control and their effectiveness in achieving their objectives. This will enable the learner to evaluate the effectiveness of the process of social control in delivering policy in different contexts.

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 learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on themselves, other individuals, employers, society and the environment.

Entry requirements

5 x 9 - 4 at GCSE, including English Language


Unit 2 and 4 are assessed by external exams, taken in June of each year. Each exam is 90 minutes long and has a mix of short and extended answer questions. Results are graded from A - E.

Units 1 and 3 are internally assessed units where learners have to work through model assignments using their knowledge and evaluation skills.

Future opportunities

There are a number of opportunities and careers available to learners. These include community Development Worker, Police Officer, Prison Officer, Probation Officer and Youth Worker.

Further information

For further information on this course speak with a member of the Humanities Faculty at school.

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: 04 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years