WJEC Level 3

Course Description

WJEC Criminology is equivalent to one A-Level and is graded A* – E.

Are you interested in what different types of crime take place in our society and what kinds of crime exist, about which we know very little? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal?

You will examine the nature of different types of crime and problems concerning its measurement and distribution, whilst looking at the popular images of crime in the media, the creation and utility of official and unofficial crime statistics, and theories about the causes of crime.

Criminology explores contemporary theoretical and policy debates on domestic violence as a social problem and crime. Topics include partner abuse, hate crime and honour crimes. Additionally, you study theoretical and practical issues of modern systems of social control, including punishment, policing, prisons, parole, probation, the role of the state in social control with emphasis on race, gender, and class effects.

This course enables learners to demonstrate a depth of knowledge of the criminal justice sector that shows thorough understanding of criminal behaviour and the functions of the criminal justice sector.

You can choose to study Criminology as a single course that forms part of your academic programme at St Vincent Sixth Form College and it can be combined with almost any other subject. 

Forming a core part of St Vincent’s new ‘CSI Pathway’ programme, Criminology is a course that combines the subjects of Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics and Forensic Science to form a new discipline of its own. 

This is a growing subject nationally and the first Criminology course offered at Level 3. It covers an exciting range of topics, covering the Changing Awareness of Crime, Criminological Theories, Crime Scene to Courtroom and Crime and Punishment. 

The qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the Criminal Justice System, Law or police force eg. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service. 

Certificate Year  1, Diploma Year 2.

  • Critical analysis and judgement
  • Research skills
  • Time management
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Multi-tasking

Works well with many A-Levels and BTEC’s, but particularly with Law, Sociology, Applied Science, Psychology, Health & Social Care and Protective Services.

Visit to Portsmouth University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies as well as their Scene of Crime facility, as well as trips to Winchester Law Courts, Portsmouth Mock Trial, Hampshire Police and much more. 

Higher Education courses in Criminology, Political Science, Sociology, Law or other subjects. Career progression into the Police Force, CSI units, Forensic Sciences and the Legal profession.

Five GCSEs Grades 4 – 9. Preferably including English Language Grade 5 or above.

Year one: 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment. 

Year two: 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment. 

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