Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Examination Board: WJEC

Course Leader: Mr D Yates

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What Will I Study?

The course is made up of 4 mandatory units. There is a mixture of exam and non-exam assessments:

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime (Controlled assessment) 

The first mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.

Unit 2: Criminological Theories (Exam)

The second mandatory unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom (Controlled assessment)

The third mandatory unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment (Exam)

In the final mandatory unit, learners will apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in English Language and 5 in English Literature


Year 1 assessments

Unit 1: Internal controlled assessment (8 hours)

Unit 2: External examination (one and a half hours)

Year 2 assessments

Unit 3: Internal controlled assessment (8 hours)

Unit 4: External examination (one and a half hours)

NB. There is an opportunity to retake units 1, 2 and 3. 

Where Next?

The main purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is to use the qualification to support access to higher education degree courses, such as:

•  BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

•  LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

•  BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

•  BA (Hons) Criminology

•  BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

•  BSc Criminology with Law

Alternatively, the qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.