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Criminology

Course Overview
Course type

Level 3 Applied Certificate/Diploma (WJEC Eduqas) 

Course length

Two year course, equivalent to 1 A-Level – subject to the successful completion of a certificate in the first year (equivalent to one AS-level qualification).

  • WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (1 year)
  • WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (2 years)
Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5)

 

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Do you have interest in learning more about crime, its causes and prevention? Do you wish to progress to university to study a degree in this field?

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminals. The discipline looks at the many reasons why a person commits a crime, and by understanding what motivates individuals to commit crimes, we can develop techniques to control crime in society and rehabilitate criminals.

This is an exciting course designed for students with a keen interest in Criminology and who may be considering careers in related areas.


The course will focus on:
  • Understanding different types of crimes that take place in society and why they go unreported.

  • Media representation of crime (including its reliability) and the public’s perception of crime.

  • Campaigns for changing laws/attitudes around crime.

  • Criminological theories – explanations for why people turn to crime and how this understanding influences policy making.

  • Studying the process of what happens from the time of a crime scene, to when the accused is taken to court.

  • Understanding different investigative techniques used in criminal investigations.

  • Learning how evidence is processed and how decisions are made about sentencing, including the validity of delivering criminal justice policy.

  • Understanding more about the criminal justice system in England and Wales and how it operates to achieve social control.

On the course you will:
  • Achieve a stimulating grounding in the study of Criminology and apply what you have learnt to real life cases and situations.

  • Study elements of Psychology, Sociology and Law. 

  • Build upon essential skills needed to examine information (problem-solving, analysis and critical thinking and communication skills).

  • Participate in discussion and debate.

  • Develop your understanding of the course by keeping up-to-date with the news, and keeping a record of how crimes are being reported and represented by the media.

  • Develop practical and academic skills through applied learning e.g. designing your own campaign for change

  • Complete assignments which provide opportunities to learn from practitioners in the criminal justice sector.

  • Be assessed through a combination of projects and case studies, catering for different learning styles.

  • Take part in enrichment opportunities e.g. a trip to a Magistrates/Crown Court.

 
Method of assessment

50% exam, 50% controlled assessment (in each year).

 

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Other information:

Criminology is usually taken with another 2 A-Levels. It works well Social Sciences or Humanities subjects.


What will I be able to progress to?

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology can be used to support access to higher education degree courses such as Criminology, Law, Social Work, Sociology or Psychology. The qualification enables students to gain the required knowledge, understanding and skills to consider careers within the criminal justice system e.g. probation, policing or prison services, social work, the legal profession, community development work and youth work.

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminals. The discipline looks at the many reasons why a person commits a crime, and by understanding what motivates individuals to commit crimes, we can develop techniques to control crime in society and rehabilitate criminals.


You may also like:
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Government and Politics
  • Level 3 Applied Science (Forensic Science)