WJEC Applied Diploma
Criminology is a dynamic and exciting subject which brings together aspects of sociology, psychology, law and forensic science. Tapping into your curiosity and critical thinking skills, you will explore topics such as why people commit crime, policing, social control, punishment and the criminal justice system.
The course supports you in becoming effective, engaged and employable, equipping you for the workplace, an apprenticeship or university. The course is equivalent to one A Level and can be studied alongside other A Level subjects or together with other vocational courses.
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You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including a grade 4 in English.
In Year 1 you will study:
- Criminological Theories
This unit will explore the theory behind why people commit crime and the way society responds to criminality. You will be expected to be critical in examining theories and develop a way of seeing ideas from a variety of perspectives.
- Changing Awareness of Crime
You will also complete coursework based on 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.
In Year 2 you will study:
- Crime Scene to Courtroom
The course work will provide you with 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. You will be evaluating what needs to happen within this process to ensure a just verdict at the end.
- 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 be taught to be critical in your thinking and this will be achieved through lectures, class debates, group activities and independent learning. Be prepared to be challenged! There will be a number of guest speakers, including police officers and other professionals as well as external visits. All of which will give you an insight into criminology-related employment opportunities and develop the skills to access them.
50% examination (two 90-minute exam papers) and 50% controlled assessment (coursework).
On completion of this course, you could go on to study university courses related to Criminology, Sociology, Law and Psychology.
You could also go on to an Apprenticeship in Police, Social Work and Probation. You could also end up within the following careers - Social Research, Social Work, Police, Civil Service and Criminal Prosecution Service.
This course is taught by a Qualified Social Worker with links to professionals in the criminal justice system.
Future Career Opportunities
My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.Thomas McCann, A Level student
I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.Laura Hagedorn, A Level student
Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.Conor Ward, BTEC student