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Criminology Diploma


Qualification: Level 3 Diploma | Exam board: WJEC


An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice
sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.

This course is equivalent to one A-Level and so counts as one of your potential options. You would need to study this course alongside two A-Level courses.

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Unit 1 (year 1) Changing awareness of crime: at the end of this unit, you will have developed skills to differentiate between myth and reality when it comes to crime and to recognise that common representations may be misleading and inaccurate; the importance of changing public perceptions of crime; the skills to plan a campaign for change in relation to crime; for example to raise awareness, change attitudes or change reporting behaviour.

 Unit 2 (year 1) Criminological theories: at the end of this unit you will have developed the skills to evaluate some criminological theories (why do people commit crimes?) and know there are debates within the different theories. You will understand how changes in criminological theory have influenced policy. You will also have gained the skills to apply the theories to a specific crime or criminal in order to understand both the behaviour and the theory.

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Unit 3 (year 2) Crime Scene to Court Room: at the end of this unit you will have developed the skills to analyse evidence, review criminal cases and evaluate the evidence in the cases to determine whether the verdict is safe and just.

Unit 4 (year 2) Crime and Punishment: at the end of this unit, you will consider such questions such as “Why do most of us tend to obey the law even when to do so is against our own interests?”, “What social institutions have we developed to ensure that people do obey laws?”, “What happens to those who violate our legal system?”, “Why do we punish people?”, “How do we punish people?” What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality or those who will not abide by the social rules that most of us follow?”, “We spend a great deal of taxpayers’ money on social control, so how effective are these organisations in dealing with criminality?”

Additional information

What does this course prepare me for?

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, and would be especially useful if applying for; 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

Course support and enrichment

5 hours of taught lessons and 5 hours of independent flipped learning a week. You will be offered revision workshops as a core part of this course.


You will be assessed via a combination of internal and external exams.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements:

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (one Vocational or Technical qualification at Merit or above may be counted), two of which must be GCSE English Language and Maths grade 4
  • At least grade 4 (or Merit for Vocational or Technical qualifications) in any subject(s) that you have taken at GCSE and wish to continue studying at A-Level.
September 2024

Apply now!

Applications for a September 2024 start at The Bedford Sixth Form are open now! Apply now and achieve great things.

Please note: Applications will close on Friday 31 May 2024. Applications made after this date will be added to a waiting list.