Criminology, WJEC Applied Diploma

Applied Diploma

This exciting vocational course will appeal to those who have an interest in crime and the criminal justice system and would like to gain a greater understanding of criminal behaviour. The course is equivalent to one A Level and can be studied alongside A Level subjects or together with other vocational courses.

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Criminology, WJEC Applied Diploma AF-CRIM3D-D(0000)002

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (1 years)
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Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including a grade 4 in English.

Changing Awareness of Crime: You will learn about the wide range of crime that occurs in society and the reasons people have for not always reporting crime. You will explore the ways in which the media portrays crime and the effect this might have on our perceptions of crime. You will gain an understanding of the social implications of crime and criminality.

  • Criminological Theories: You will examine theories behind why people commit crime and will explore the differences between criminal behaviour and deviance.
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom: You will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been detected through investigation of crime and on to the criminal trial process that may result in a guilty verdict.
  • Crime and Punishment: You will learn about the criminal justice system in England and Wales, considering the effectiveness of social control in delivering criminal justice policy.

You will learn in lots of different ways: through problem-solving, teacher-led discussion, quizzes and other activities. Learning will involve you working individually and small and medium-sized groups, in which you will debate and share ideas. There will also be visits and talks. Through this approach you will gain valuable employability skills, which will help you with further studies in the future and in any chosen career, including a role within the criminal justice system e.g. police officer, court personnel, probation officer.

50% examination (two 90-minute exam papers) and 50% controlled assessment (coursework)

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