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This course has elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology that complement studies in humanities. The WJEC Eduquas Applied General Qualification is designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences. Throughout the course, learners will gain an understanding of why people commit crime, different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and an understanding of the criminal justice system – from crime identification through to the final verdict. It offers a fascinating insight into the world of crime, the causes of crime, and how to effectively prevent it. 

Course content

The course is made up for 4 mandatory units:

  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Criminological Theories
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • Crime and Punishment 

Methods of Assessment

The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment. Two units (Criminological Theories and Crime and Punishment) are externally assessed. This involves a 90-minute examination with three questions on each paper; where each question will have an applied problem-solving scenario linked to it.

The Changing Awareness of Crime and Crime Scene to Courtroom units are internally assessed with a controlled assessment (totalling 8 hours) being produced for each unit, using a range of skills involving creativity, video and written skills. Guidance will be given in these areas. 

Methods of Teaching & Learning

The course is taught by well-qualified and experienced staff, and students are provided with handouts for all topics. Teaching methods include lectures, analyising case studies, group discussions and presentations. Students are expected to undertake background research, write regular researched essays and learn key facts and theories to complete regular short answer responses. Up to date study material is issued throughout the course.


It is important that learners recognise that the knowledge and understanding they develop are vocationally relevant. Throughout the year, subject teachers will arrange trips to develop classroom learnin. Guest speakers (e.g. Psychologists, Prison Officers and Drug Rehabilitation Workers) may also visit College to talk about their experiences within the world of Criminology/Criminal Justice. 


The Level 3 Diploma in Criminology provides a good basis for university degree courses in Criminology, Sociology, Law, Psychology and Forensic Science. This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in Criminology and provides an excellent basis to anyone wishing to pursue a career within Social Work, Mental Health, the Police Force, Customs and Revenue, Immigration, Prison Services, the NHS, and Community Services.

Please be aware that some Russel Group Universities do not accept the Criminology Diploma. 

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