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Criminology Applied Diploma 

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Exam board: WJEC 

Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology 

Entry Requirements 

GCSE Grade 4/5 in English. 

Skills required 

Budding criminologists will enjoy learning about different types of crime and will be able to assess the validity of criminal investigations and court decisions. They will have a critical mind and will enjoy pouring over case notes before they evaluate the effectiveness of methods used to identify crimes and apprehend criminals. They will be self-motivated as a large proportion of the course requires detailed course notes and independent work to prepare for the controlled assessments. 

About the course 

Criminology is a two-year course made up of 2 external examinations and 2 internal controlled assessments. 

The course considers a range of crimes that are hidden and the impact this may have on the individual and society as a whole. Students will be expected to create a campaign to raise awareness of hidden crimes and will design materials to help with this. They will consider the role of the media in the presentation of crime and how this may impact the public perception of crime. They will also study reasons for crime which include biological, sociological and psychological explanations. Students will also spend time considering criminal investigations from the committing of the crime, through to the court case and sentencing. They will evaluate the effectiveness of all aspects of the investigation and the personnel involved such as the police, forensic scientists and the crown prosecution service.  

Student testimony 

“It’s really interesting and open minded. The teachers make it interactive and easy to follow.” 

Year 12 student 

“This is my favourite subject. It’s really interesting and it was fairly easy to understand and get straight into the course after GCSEs.” Year 12 student 

“An extremely interesting and engaging subject. My personal favourite.” Year 12 student 

Career paths 

Criminology can lead to a variety of careers within the criminal justice system, such as the police, probation, lawyers and barristers and prison staff. It can also lead to a degree in criminology/criminal justice/sociology and psychology.  

Course outline/assessment 

Unit 1: The Changing Awareness of Crime  

Unit 2: Criminological Theories 

Unit 3: From Crime Scene to Courtroom 

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment 

Controlled Assessment (internally marked) 

External Examination 

Controlled Assessment (internally marked) 

External Examination