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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: WJEC

What is Criminology About?

Criminology is the study of the reasons why individuals commit crimes. 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 make recommendations for policy. 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.

What can it lead to?

There are many avenues for progression, depending on what you want to do.

Most students will take up laces in vocationally relevant areas such as: 

  • Probation                                  
  • Social Work                     
  • Youth Offender Teams                                         
  • Youth Work
  • Further Education Teaching                   
  • Prison Service (including fast track)                
  • Police Officers (including fast track)
  • Police Research                      
  • Victim support                   
  • Safer Cities Programmes                         
  • Legal Services Commission

Some students may wish to continue their studies at university. This is an extended certificate.

How is the course organised?

We follow the WJEC exam board:

We have no AS exams.

There are 4 units, 2 in each year.

Year 1

Year 2

Changing Awareness of crime

Crime Scene to court room

Criminological theories

Crime and Punishment

How is the course assessed?


Units 3 (Criminological theories) and 4 (Crime and Punishment) are exam assessed.

Both exams are 1hr 30 minutes written May/June and consist of short and extended answer questions out of a total of 75 marks


Unit 1 (Changing awareness of crime) and Unit 3 (Crime scene to court room) are internally assessed units.

You will be given a brief to work through, and are done over 8 hours, which will be organized by the class teacher.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Including the basic entry requirements, you need to have at least a Grade 5 in English Language.

Entry will also be considered on a case by case basis, to determine suitability to the course.

Who are the teachers?

The course is run by the Social Sciences department and delivered by most teachers in the department who have experience in  Crime studies from a variety of areas Psychology, Sociology and Law.

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