Criminology WJEC Level 3 Certificate / Diploma

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What will I learn?

From September 2017 we are offering the WJEC specification: the Certificate one-year programme and the Diploma two-year programme.

Certificate and Year One Topics:

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime: This part of the course will allow you to understand a wide range of different crimes that are committed and the reasons why people may not always report such crimes by exploring the social construction of criminality. You will also look at the consequences of not reporting crimes and methods to raise awareness for change relating to crime.
Unit 2: Criminological Theories: You will begin by looking at how we define crime by exploring the relationship between criminal behaviour and deviance. You will also explore psychological and sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and what leads people to commit different types of crimes. You will demonstrate an understanding how these theories inform policy on crime.

Year Two Topics:

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom: You will look at the different methods of investigating crime, including crime scene investigation and forensic science in order to justify their effectiveness in criminal investigations. You will take this further to assess which investigative techniques are relevant to different crime scene investigations. You will then look at how this is used within the criminal trial process in order to reach a guilty or not guilty verdict.
Unit 4: Crime and Punishment: In this unit you will look at the different types of punishment for criminal behaviour, why we use these different methods and how effective these are. You will also look at the different agencies who work to stop people getting involved in criminal activity or prevent those with previous convictions from re-offending.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Maths

GCSE Average 4.5 or above

How long will it take to qualify?

1 year – Certificate equivalent to 1 AS Level

2 years – Diploma equivalent to 1 A Level

How will I be assessed?

Units 1 and 3 are assessed through internally set assignments. Units 2 and 4 are assessed through unseen written exams papers.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Popular activities include First Aid, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Law Society, YMCA Fitness Instructor and sports teams.

Who is this course aimed at?

Criminology is suited to students who:

  • Aim to work within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work, sociology or psychology
  • Are interested in the criminal justice system: why people commit crime, why certain crimes are not reported or some people are more likely to report crimes than others, the criminal investigation process and who makes the law or how punishments are decided
  • Have an open mind and are able to consider a range of ideas to produce a coherent argument to support their claims
  • Are willing to read ahead in preparation for class activities and work to weekly deadlines

What next?

The course is designed to support students in progressing on to a career in the criminal justice system such as the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunal Service, National Offender Management Service or the Police Force.

The course also looks to help students progress on to degree-level courses in Criminology, Sociology, Psychology and Law or combined Criminology courses.



  • Level 3: equivilant to 1 AS Level (1 year) / 1 A Level (2 years)

Course Length

  • 1 or 2 years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider