Criminology

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What Will I Study?

How Will I be Assessed?

What Next?

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Qualification

Level 3 Applied Diploma

Examination Board

WJEC

Specification

What Do I Need To Study This Course?

5 subjects at grade 5 or better including English and maths and at least one science.

What Will I Study?

This qualification looks at the types of crime that take place within our society. How do we decide which behaviour is criminal? How do we explain why some people commit crime and how can we use different theories of criminality to explain this behaviour? You will study real life cases in order to gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the crime scene all the way to the courtroom and look at how social control is achieved within our society.

How Will I Be Assessed?

In Year 12 you will study 2 Units to achieve the Applied Certificate qualification:

Unit 1: This unit is assessed through an 8-hour controlled assessment (internally assessed at school and externally moderated)

Unit 2: This unit is assessed through examination. The exam consists of short answer and extended writing questions and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

If you continue to study for the full Diploma in Year 13, there will be two further units to complete. Further to the Certificate units (50% of the full Diploma) each Diploma unit is worth an additional 25%.

Unit 3: This unit is assessed through an 8-hour controlled assessment (internally assessed at your centre and externally moderated)

Unit 4: This unit is assessed through examination. The exam consists of short answer and extended writing questions and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

What Next?

Criminology can open the door to an array of career paths that require understanding of the criminal justice sector. These may include careers in the police force or in police support roles, the field of forensic psychology, social and probation work or the prison services.