Criminology – Level 3

Level 3 Certificate & Diploma (WJEC)

The Level 3 Applied Certificate and Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology that complements studies in humanities but will be attractive and useful to a range of students.

Career Paths

  • Police
  • Social Work
  • Probation Work
  • Counsellor
  • Teaching
  • Journalist
  • Criminal Justice System

More than just a course

This is an Applied General qualification.  This means it is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university, but will also equip leaners with transferrable skills for entry to higher level apprenticeships or employment.

It has been designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year-old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.

The applied purpose will also allow learners to learn in such a way that they develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development  a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment
  • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts

The Course

The Certificate is equivalent in half an A Level and the diploma is equivalent in size to one A level.

Unique Features

On the Certificate/Diploma you will study:

  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Criminological Theories
  • Crime Scene to Court Room
  • Crime and Punishment
  • 50% of the units are internally assessed through controlled assessments
  • 50% of the units are assessed through external exams
  • The purpose of the Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Criminology is to provide learners with an introduction to criminal justice, to give a context for humanities learning and to use the qualification to support access to higher education degree courses.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language and Maths.

What the students say:

“Criminology is a fascinating subject, we study such a wide range of topics”

 “The practical activities are really fun – especially the crime scene task”