Criminology (Level 3 Applied Diploma)

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: WJEC


How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? How do we explain why people commit crime?  What makes someone a serial killer, or abusive to their own families?

Knowing about the different types of crime and the criminological approaches to theory will give you a sharper insight into the kind of thinking used by experts and politicians to explain crime and criminality.  Public law makers are informed by theory and apply these theories to their own solutions to the problem of crime.

Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in other humanity subjects. Learning is related to authentic criminal case studies.

Criminology is taken alongside two A level subjects.

  • Course units...

    Year 1

    Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime

    Unit 2: Criminological theories

    Year 2

    Unit 3: Crime scene to courtroom

    Unit 4: Crime and Punishment

  • Course assessment...

    The course is 50% coursework (internal controlled assessment) and 50% exam (external 90-minute exam).  50% of grades are achieved in year 1 and 50% in year 2.

  • This course can lead to...

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

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