Not all crime is alike. What are the different types of crime that take place in our society? How do we decide what constitutes criminal behaviour? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? Why do people commit crime? What happens to those who commit a crime? Why and how do we punish people? What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality?
Criminology is the study of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The WJEC Diploma in Criminology (one A Level equivalent) encompasses elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology and includes the following topics: Changing Awareness of Crime; Criminological Theories; Crime Scene to Courtroom; and Crime and Punishment.
What goes well with this course?
It is recommended to combine the WJEC Diploma (one A Level equivalent) in Criminology with one or two A Level or BTEC equivalent courses. These could include:
Criminology can support access to a wide range of Higher Education Criminology and related degree courses. An understanding of Criminology is relevant to many jobs within the criminal justice sector including Probation Officers, Prison Officers, Police Officers, Social Workers and Youth Workers.
Students will focus on four areas of study during the course:
- Changing Awareness of Crime – this looks at different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported to enable students to develop an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social implications of crimes and criminality.
- Criminological Theories – this develops learning from Unit 1 to explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.
- Crime Scene to Courtroom – students will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict in court, and will develop the skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
- 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.
Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences
Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. These may include visits to:
- the Supreme Court to observe different cases
- the Clink Prison Museum in London
In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.
All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.
The course is assessed through a combination of two written examinations, set and marked by WJEC, and two internal assignments.
- External assessments involve short and extended answer questions, based on stimulus material and applied contexts. Each question will have an applied problem-solving scenario.
- Internal assignments are assessed through summative, controlled assessment.
All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:
- Grade 4 in English Language, and
- Grade 4 in at least one Science subject (4, 4 in combined Science) or Maths
This is a new subject for most students, and therefore students must be prepared to learn a large number of new and complex concepts relatively quickly.
This course suits students who are:
- Open to new ideas
- Able to express ideas verbally
- Able to communicate their understanding through written assessment and extended answers
- Able to evaluate the effectiveness of different theories and research methods
- Able to work independently or as a group
- Organised in the way they structure their class notes
How to Apply
Applications for entry September 2020
Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.
All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.
All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.
Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.