Criminology Level 3 Applied Diploma

Departmental contact

Mrs Walkden – walkden.k@myton.co.uk

Examining board & Qualification

WJEC (EDUQAS) – LEVEL 3 APPLIED DIPLOMA

Entry requirements

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

Criminology is a new and exciting course that not only looks at patterns and trends within criminal behaviour but also analyses how individuals are punished through the criminal justice system. If you love your crime documentaries and are interested in what motivates individuals to commit crimes, then this is the course for you.

The popularity of this course is growing rapidly nationally and students are combining it with a wide range of A-level subjects. For example, it could be taken in combination with other Social Science subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Economics, Business or it might be an attractive option for students focusing on 2 or 3 Science subjects such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics. It could equally fit nicely with Forensic Science or other BTEC options.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

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.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

YEAR 12

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime

You will explore how crime reporting affects the public perception of crime and criminals. You will then go on to study how campaigns are used to bring about change and plan a campaign of your own.

Unit 2 – Criminological Theories

You will discover and assess all the theories that have been put forward to explain why crime occurs.

YEAR 13

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom

You will gain an understanding of the process of criminal investigations. You will then go on to learn about the prosecution of suspects and be able to review criminal cases.

Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment

You will study every aspect of the criminal justice system and the types and purposes of punishment in England & Wales.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is divided into 4 units and therefore it is a modular structure. You will be assessed at the end of every unit. There are opportunities for assessment in January and June of each year.

Units 1 & 3 are internally assessed by your teachers in examination conditions on computers. Units 2 & 4 are examined through a 90-minute external written paper.

Units 1 & 2 lead to a Level 3 Certificate in Criminology, worth 50% of the final Level 3 Diploma.
Successful completion of the 4 units, over the 2 years, leads to the Level 3 Diploma, which is equivalent to an A level and carries the same UCAS points.

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in Criminology. This course can provide a route into Higher Education to study at degree level in a variety of areas such as Criminology, Criminal Justice, Psychology and Forensic Science.

The course would also provide an excellent basis to anyone wishing to pursue a career within Social Work, Mental Health, the Police Force, Customs and Immigration, Prison Services, Court Services, Security Services, the NHS, Education and Youth and Community Services.

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

Visit to court rooms to see the criminal justice system in action, subject seminars hosted by the exam boards and we will be hearing from guest speakers from the police to the prison service in order to get first-hand experience of what criminology is.

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