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Level 3

Criminology WJEC Level 3 Certificate/ Diploma


This course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. It covers all aspects of crime, from what kinds of people commit crime, through crime scenes and courtrooms, to punishment and prisons. It has elements of psychology, law and sociology, and will be attractive to students interested in the social sciences or humanities.

Topics studied include:

Unit 1 -; Changing awareness of crime

Different types of crime, who commits crime, why some crimes are unreported, and the consequences of unreported crime; how campaigns can be used to change laws, attitudes to crime, and the influence of the media on attitudes. You will create

your own campaign for change relating to crime.

Unit 2 -; Criminological Theories Social constructions of criminality; comparisons between crime and deviance; biological, psychological and sociological theories of criminality; causes of criminality; policy development to prevent reoffending, and how social change might affect crime and the law.

In the second year you will study:

Unit 3 -; Crime Scene to Courtroom

The process of criminal investigations, including personnel

(e.g. Scenes of Crime Officers), and techniques of processing evidence (e.g. finger printing); the Crown Prosecution Service; the

trial process and the rules of evidence; juries and magistrates; verdicts and miscarriages of justice.

Unit 4 -; Crime and Punishment

Understand the criminal justice system in England and Wales; processes involved in law making; models of criminal justice; social control; aims and effects of punishment; agencies involved in social control and their effectiveness, including police, prisons and probation.


Minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in
English Language & Maths

Good reading skills are important for this course, and students will need to develop their writing skills over the duration of the course. Students should have a strong interest in crime, people and society and be able to express their ideas in class discussions, as well as listen to the views of others. Ideally students will have sound organisational skills, or at least be prepared to develop them over the course, and an ability to meet deadlines will be important.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

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Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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