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Head of Department Mr M Osborne 

Syllabus Title: Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (Please note that this is not an A-Level - it is an equal qualification to A-Levels, graded E – A*, and grades are worth the same UCAS points)

Exam Board: WJEC

Length of Course: 2 Years (Year 1 Certificate, Year 2 Diploma)

Entry requirements:  GCSE grade 5 (or above) in English and Maths.


The course offers an exciting insight into the field of Criminology, focusing on the study of crime, deviance and the criminal justice system. Students will develop their understanding of the key concepts, theories and principles of Criminology and their application across a range of case studies and examples. Topics covered include cause and effect of criminal actions, the form and outcome of social disorders, the policing and regulation of public order, the procedures and techniques of the criminal justice system and the relationship between behaviours and punishments. The course also covers the impact of media on public perception and campaigns for change.

This qualification is studied over a two year period and culminates in a Diploma, but can be taken over one year to achieve a Certificate level qualification.

Topics Studied:

Year One

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

Unit 2: Criminological Theories


Year Two

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment

Coursework and Assessment of the Course: 

Year 1

Internal controlled assessment: Changing Awareness of Crime - 8hrs (25% of the two year Diploma or 50% of the one year Certificate)

Paper 1: Criminological Theories - 1.5hrs, 100 marks (25% of the two year Diploma, or 50% of the one year Certificate)


Year 2

Internal controlled assessment: Crime Scene to Courtroom - 8hrs (25%)

Paper 2: Crime and Punishment - 1.5hrs, 100 marks (25%)

Post A - Level:

This course will provide the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills that enable progress to further study and training. It is relevant to many jobs within the criminal justice sector, including the police, probation service, prison and rehabilitation service, social workers and other legal professions. With critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, Criminology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.

What the students say about this course:

This is a new course for 2023/24, watch this space for what students say about this course!

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