Criminology

Level 3 Diploma (WJEC)

Criminology is the study of psychological explanations of criminal behaviour, how laws are developed and integrated into the Criminal Justice System and the sociological impact of crime on our society.

You will study a wide range of criminality, the roles of personnel involved in criminal investigations, discuss the effectiveness of prison system as well as a deep dive into the world of real life crime.

 Are you interested in a career in the police force, legal profession or forensic sciences? Perhaps you are interested to know more about the exciting subject of Criminology? Either way this is the perfect course for you.

50% Internal Assessment 

50% Examination

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The Level 3 Diploma in Criminology requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway.

EXAM BOARD

WJEC

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course provides an opportunity to broaden your field of study in the social sciences, with a particular focus on crime. You will explore the causes of criminal behaviour, attitudes to crime, criminal investigations and the wider social and psychological aspects of crime. The course combines the subjects of Psychology, Law, Sociology and Forensic Science to form a new discipline of its own.

YEAR 1 : UNITS OF ASSESSMENT

UNIT 1
CHANGING AWARENESS OF CRIME
This unit focuses on crimes that go underreported and the impact this has on society. At the end of this unit, you will have gained skills to differentiate between myth and reality when it comes to crime and to recognise that common representations may be misleading and inaccurate. You will gain the skills to understand the importance of the changing public perceptions of crime. You will be able to apply and assess a variety of methods used by agencies to raise awareness of crime so that it can be tackled effectively. You will gain the skills to plan a campaign for change in relation to crime; for example to raise awareness, change attitudes or change reporting behaviour.

UNIT 2
CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORIES

What makes a criminal tick? This is the study of why people become criminal through investigating a wide range of criminological theories. At the end of this unit you will gain the skills to evaluate some criminological theories and know there are debates within the different theories. You will understand how changes in criminological theory have influenced policy. You will also gain the skills to apply the theories to a specific crime or criminal in order to understand both the behaviour and the theory.

YEAR 2 : UNITS OF ASSESSMENT

UNIT 3
CRIME SCENE TO COURTROOM
From investigating a crime scene, to police powers and legal processes you will understand each step of the criminal process. At the end of this unit you will gain the skills to review the effectiveness of personnel and investigation techniques used in criminal cases. This unit focuses on true crime and miscarriages of justice by evaluating the evidence in the cases to determine whether the verdict is safe and just.

UNIT 4
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Through this unit, you will learn about the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales and how it operates to achieve social control. You will gain an understanding of the organisations which are part of our system of social control and their effectiveness in achieving their objectives. We question whether the formal punishment system (prisons) works and alternative forms of punishment.

ASSESSMENT

Units 1 and 3 are assessed through an internally moderated 8 hour assessment in February.
Units 2 and 4 are assessed through one external examinations in May.
Each unit is worth 25% of the overall grade.

TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT

As part of your course, you will have the opportunity to go on a wide range of trips including our popular London residential where you can visit the houses of parliament, central criminal court, view a case at The Old Bailey and see a west end show. Not forgetting our end of year trip to Alton Towers to celebrate all of your hard work.

As a Criminology student, you will also have the chance to listen to a series of guest speakers from a variety of fields including the police, magistrates, probation service and law firms. This aims to give you a great insight into these exciting careers. You can also take part in book swaps, student of the week awards, contribute to the criminology and law magazine or podcast.

PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE? 

As you will have probably never studied Criminology at school before, we do recommend that you carry out some research online to find out more about the different approaches you will study. It would also be wise to select a few popular Criminology books in order to better prepare for yourself for under-taking this course.

RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTARIES:

·         The People vs. OJ (NETFLIX)

·         A Confession—Christopher Halliwell (ITV)

·         Amanda Knox (2016) (NETFLIX)

·         Ted Bundy Confession Tapes (NETFLIX)

·         Storyville – Raising a School Shooter (BBC)

·         White House Farm (ITV/NETFLIX)

·         Des (ITV)

RECOMMENDED PODCASTS:

·         The Clearing

·         Man in the Window

·         Dirty John

Follow the @CriminologyWyke Instagram page for an extensive list of recommended documentaries, films and podcasts.

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