Criminology

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

WJEC Level 3 Criminology

Course Description

Why do people commit crime? What is the purpose of punishment and how should we punish people?

What shapes our beliefs about crime? Students interested in exploring these fascinating questions would benefit from taking the criminology course. The course also has a ‘crime scene to court room’ ‘CSI ‘ element looking at the process of evidence and people who work in the Criminal Justice System who come together to prosecute a criminal offence.

Learners have to complete assignments as part of their assessment rather than an exam; for this they will gain practical experience of research methods, undertaking research into the particular topic area via questionnaires or interviews etc. This gives learners practical experience and work related learning, but more than this it requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment. This type of learning is about applied knowledge, learning skills in the classroom to use in the community in a very purposeful and practical way.

Course Outline

The qualification is assessed through controlled assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated. All assessment criteria must be met under controlled conditions.

Course Assessment

The qualification is assessed through controlled assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated. All assessment criteria must be met under controlled conditions. There are no examinations.

Career Opportunities

Criminology will appeal to students who are interested in criminal justice and may be considering careers in related areas. Criminology combines well with a variety of subjects such as law, sociology and psychology, as well as with other Level 3 qualifications.

Progression to University

The following universities are a sample of the institutions that accept the criminology diploma within a learner’s portfolio for entry onto criminology or related degree courses.

  • Durham University
  • University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • University of Wales, Newport
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of Glamorgan

Entry Requirements

You will need at least 5 A*- C grades at GCSE including English. You must be genuinely passionate about examining, debating and developing an understanding of criminology.

Head of Department: Mr M Boyle (TGAW)