Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? How do we explain why people commit crime? These are all questions you will explore on the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology. With focus on applied learning, you will gain the understanding to evaluate the impact of criminological theories on policy making.

What will I learn?

Year 1 (Certificate): You will explore how criminality is defined over time and between cultures. You will study biological, sociological and individualistic theories of why crime happens and apply them to real life scenarios. You will look at how the media represents criminals and campaigns to elicit change and their impact on public perceptions of crime.

Year 2 (Diploma): You will track criminal processes from the crime scene to the courtroom, examining the factors which influence the fate of criminal suspects. You will look at the personnel involved in criminal investigations and the techniques that are used, including forensics, offender profiling and surveillance. You will study the criminal justice system and evaluate the aims of using different forms of punishment to tackle crime.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


You will study in modern classrooms with interactive learning technology, and will have access to up-to-date resources.

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