WJEC Certificate/Diploma in Criminology Level 3
Mode of Study
Torfaen Learning Zone
31 August 2021
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Maths/Numeracy, English/Welsh 1st Language,
Appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade with GCSEs to include Maths/Numeracy, English/Welsh 1st Language at grade C or above.
In a nutshell
This is an exciting and interesting qualification that develops knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.
This qualificastion is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.
WJEC Level 3 Applied Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities.
This course is for you if...
…you want a career in law
...you are working towards employment or are currently employed within the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service
…are preparing to study criminology, law, sociology or psychology alongside other courses
What will I be doing?
1) Changing Awareness of Crime
2) Criminological Theories
3) Crime Scene to Courtroom
4) Crime and Punishment
Learners must complete ALL units.
The first mandatory unit will enable learners to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.
The second mandatory unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.
The third mandatory unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.
Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
In the final mandatory unit, learners will 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.
Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose demands learning related to authentic case studies. It also requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on themselves, other individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also allow learners to learn in such a way that they develop:
• skills required for independent learning and development
• a range of generic and transferable skills
• the ability to solve problems
• the skills of project based research, development and presentation
• the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment
• the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts
The WJEC Level 3 Applied Criminology is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment.
The following units will be externally assessed:
Unit 2: Criminological Theories
Unit 4: Crime and Punishment
What is expected of me?
To enter you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Maths/Maths Numeracy, English/Welsh First Language; or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade with GCSEs to include Maths/Maths Numeracy, English/Welsh First Language at grade C or above.
What comes next?
Successful completion will allow learners to progress their studies or go into employment. Progression routes include:
- Higher Education in law and humanities related subjects such as law, sociology, criminology or psychology.
- Employment opportunities within law firms, National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service and many others
Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?
Contact our Student Recruitment team
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