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Subject Leader: Mrs E. Rivière-Price

Sixth Form Provision

Applied diploma in Criminology

Exam Board: WJEC

Level: 3

Course Overview

Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behaviour, on individual, social and natural levels, and how it can be managed, controlled and prevented. In particular, the course explores what crime is, how it is socially constructed, who commits crimes and the criminal justice process, once a crime has been committed.  This course will enable you to develop your critical analysis and judgement. It will enable you to articulate arguments effectively in class discussions and written assessments.

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

  • Understand how crime reporting affects the public perception of criminality.
  • Explain the reasons that certain crimes are underreported
  • Describe, explain and evaluate media representation of crime
  • Understand how campaigns are due to elicit change
  • Plan a campaign for change relating to crime

Unit 2: Criminological Theories

  • Understand social constructions, theories and causes of criminality.

Unit 3. Crime Scene to Courtroom

  • Understand the process of criminal investigations.
  • Review criminal cases.

Unit 4. Crime and Punishment

  • Investigate different processes of the criminal justice system and the role of punishment and social control measures in England & Wales.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 are taught and assessed in Year 1. Unit 3 and 4 are taught and assessed in year 2.


This is an Extended Certificate equivalent to one A level. The course is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment.

Year 1: 50% exam 50% controlled assessment.
Year 2: 50% exam 50% controlled assessment.

Useful Website Links

Criminal Justice System
Crime Statistics
British Society of Criminology
Criminology Links

Suggested Revision Guides and Books

Henderson C., WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate & Diploma Criminology, Illuminate Publishing (2018)-ISBN-13: 978-1911208433

Henderson C., WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate and Diploma Criminology: Study and Revision Guide, Illuminate Publishing (2019) - ISBN-13: 978-1911208969

R. Webb, A. Townend, Criminology Book One for the WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate & Diploma, Napier Press (2019) - ISBN-13: 978-0993423598

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Support is offered to the students during lunch and after school sessions.