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Level 3: Diploma

Exam Board: WJEC

Entry Requirement

GCSE English Language Level 5

Not all types of crime are alike. What different types of crime take place in our society? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why 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?


An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, including police officers, probation and prison officers, and social workers. With their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, criminology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.


The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to further study and training. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19-year-old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.


The qualification is generally delivered over two years and is likely to be studied in schools or colleges alongside GCE A Levels and other Level 3 vocational qualifications. Learners completing this qualification often go into the fields of Sociology, law, criminology, psychology and the police force.

Assessment at A Level

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is made up of four mandatory units: WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

Unit Number

Unit Title




Changing Awareness of Crime


8 Hr Controlled Assessment



Criminological Theories



1hr 30 exam



Crime Scene to Courtroom


8 Hr Controlled Assessment



Crime and Punishment


1hr 30 exam



The Future

Progression to Higher Education course such as degrees including

  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Social Policy and other related subjects

Career routes can include the police, CSI units, forensic services, social work, the National Probation Service, the courts and Tribunal Service, the National Offender Management Service and the legal profession.

Further information
Mrs Ashraf, Criminology Curriculum Leader