Criminology

Criminology at KS5

Criminology is the study of crime and criminality. It investigates the causes of crime, the social impact of crime and the criminals involved in crime. It helps to identify reasons why crime occurs as well as considering the impact that the criminal justice system has on society and how criminals are dealt with.

This applied diploma will 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 and the ability to apply learning in vocational context.

Subject content

We follow the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology studying the following topics:

Year 1 Year 2
Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime (Internal assessment)

Learners develop an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.  Knowing about the wide range of different crimes and the reasons people have for not reporting such crimes provides an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social implications of such crimes and criminality.

 

Unit 2: Criminological Theories (External assessment)

Enables learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.  Learners explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom (Internal assessment)

Provides learners with an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.  They develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

 

 

 

Unit 4:Crime and Punishment (External assessment)

Learners 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.

Assessment

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is assessed through a combination of two written examinations, set and marked by WJEC, and two controlled assessments marked in school.

Internal assessments

Year 1- Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime (25% of Diploma)
Assessed through summative controlled assessment
Year 2- Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom (25% of Diploma)
Assessed through summative controlled assessment

External assessments

End of year 1- Unit 2: Criminological Theories (25% of Diploma)
90-minute examination with total of 75 marks. Three questions, short and extended answer questions, based on stimulus material and applied contexts.
End of year 2- Unit 4: Crime and punishment (25% of Diploma)
90-minute examination with total of 75 marks. Three questions, short and extended answer questions, based on stimulus material and applied contexts.

Next steps

The Criminology qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within the area of law and some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

Student quotes

“Really interesting course which linked well to other A-Levels, especially Sociology”
“Teachers are approachable and helpful”

Useful links

WJEC specification and resources: wjec.co.uk/qualifications/criminology

Department staff

Departmental Leader
Mr C Wheeler

Departmental teaching team
Mr C Wheeler
Mrs N Barrett
Mr J Callaghan