Criminology (WJEC) Level 3 Applied Diploma


Exam Board:  WJEC


What is the course about? 


Criminology is the study of the reasons why individuals commit crime. By understanding why a person commits a crime, we can develop ways to control crime or rehabilitate the criminal. This course will enable you to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and suggest ways of reducing crime. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.


This Diploma is comprised of 4 mandatory units which cover the following key subject areas:

Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime

Unit 2: Criminological theories

Unit 3: From crime scene to court room

Unit 4: Crime and punishment


How is it assessed?


Over the two year, learners must complete 4 mandatory units.  Learners will be assessed through a mixture of internal and external assessment.  Units 2 and 4 will be externally assessed.  Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose demands learning related to authentic case studies.


 Where will the Criminology Course take me? 


A WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is mainly used to support access to higher education degree courses, such as:

• BSc Criminology

• BA Criminology

• BA Criminology and Criminal Justice

• 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.