WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology
Type: WJEC Level 3 Diploma
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 2020
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone a serial killer or abusive to their families? These are all questions you will explore on the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology. With a focus on applied learning, you will gain the understanding to evaluate the impact of criminological theories on policy making. This qualification combines controlled assessments and external exams, allowing you to develop a range of valuable skills while exploring intriguing topics.

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. Media representations of criminals and campaigns to elicit change are having increasing impact on public perceptions of crime.

Year 2 (Diploma): You will track criminal processes from crime scene to 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.

Progression and Careers

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology has elements of psychology, law and sociology that complement studies in humanities and some sciences. The main purpose of the qualification is to support access to Higher Education degree courses, such as Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Psychology and Sociology, and Criminology with Law.

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