WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology
If you are fascinated by crime and punishment, then Criminology is the course for you. It is the academic study of crime, drawing on aspects of sociology, psychology and law. Because this is an applied course, everything you will learn is tailored towards understanding and explaining crime in the real world.
You will explore the causes, consequences and prevention of crime, as well as the role of the media and the processes and people involved, from crime scene to courtroom. Criminology can open doors to a range of exciting degree courses, apprenticeships and future careers.
To succeed on this course, you will need to be an effective independent learner, with excellent research, organisational and IT skills and a great work ethic. You will need to hit the ground running as you will complete your first controlled assessment after your first term in Year 12.
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Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime (controlled assessment)
At the end of this unit, you will be able to plan a campaign for change related to crime – to raise awareness, or to change attitudes or reporting behaviour.
Unit 2: Criminological theories (exam)
How do criminologists define and explain crime and deviance? What are the strengths and weaknesses of their theories?
Unit 3: Crime scene to courtroom (controlled assessment)
You will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to review the justice of verdicts in the criminal justice system.
Unit 4: Crime and punishment (exam)
Why do most people obey the law and how do we punish those who do not? Does punishment achieve its aims?
2x 8-hour controlled assessments, completed in school.
2x 90-minute exams
At the end of Year 13, you’ll be awarded a grade from A* to E and a Diploma in Applied Criminology.
What can I do with this qualification?