Not all types of crime are alike. What different types of crime take place in our society? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why people commit crime? What happens to those who commit a crime? Why and how do we punish people? What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality?

The WJEC (Educas) Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Criminology is a 2 year course (equivalent to 1 A Level) that has been designed to complement study in related subjects such as A Level Sociology, Law and Psychology.

It provides learners with underpinning knowledge,
understanding and skills to progress to further study and training in related areas including the Criminal Justice System, Law, Police, Probation Service, Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

It offers exciting and interesting experiences through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:
Vocational programmes require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4.

Subject Specific Requirements:
English Language grade 4,

How will I be assessed?

The first year Certificate has two mandatory units:

• Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime
• Unit 2: Criminological Theories

The second year Diploma also has two mandatory units:

• Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom
• Unit 4: Crime and Punishment

The whole qualification is assessed through a combination of two
written examinations, set and marked externally by WJEC, and two centre-marked assignments.

Where does it lead?

As the qualification incorporates elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology, it complements studies in humanities and related vocational areas.

The main purpose of the qualification is to support access to higher education degree courses, such as

• Criminology
• Criminal Justice
• Psychology
• Law
• Sociology

An understanding of criminology is also relevant to many job roles
within the criminal justice sector, including police officers, probation and prison officers, social workers as well as counsellors, teachers and advice workers.

With their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills,
criminology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.

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