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Level: Level 3 Diploma Examination board: WJEC/Eduqas Specification: 2015

Year 12 course outline

Unit 1 - Changing Awareness of Crime

Students develop an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.

Unit 2 - Criminological Theories

Students explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.

Year 13 course outline

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom

Students gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. They develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

Unit 4 - Crime and Punishment

Students apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Educational visits to see speakers who are experts in various areas of criminology as well as a potential visit to a real life courtroom.

Course requirements (GCSE grades/interests)

Five GSCE's at grades 9 to 5 or equivalent including English.



Year 12 – Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime (25% of total mark)

Year 13 – Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom (25% of total mark)


Year 12 – Unit 2 Criminological Theories (25% of total mark)

Year 13 – Unit 4 Crime and Punishment (25% of total mark)

Higher education courses linked to the subject

The main purpose of the qualification is to support access to higher education degree courses, such as: Criminology, Criminology and Psychology, Law with Criminology, Criminology and Sociology.

Careers linked to the subject

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, including police officers, probation and prison officers, and social workers. Criminology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mrs Kerri Jones