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Alternative Title WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology
Code Crim31
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology. .WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities. It has been designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system. The qualification would support learners' progression from any study at Level 2, particularly GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, History and Humanities.


Unit 1 - Changing Awareness of CrimeThis unit encompasses an understanding of the 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 will provide an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social implications of such crimes and criminality. This unit aims to develop skills in differentiating between myth and reality when it comes to crime and to recognise that common representations may be misleading and inaccurate. Gaining skills to understand the importance of changing public perceptions of crime, will enable learners to use and assess a variety of methods used by agencies to raise awareness of crime so that it can be tackled effectively. Unit 2 - Criminological TheoriesThe purpose of this unit is for learners to apply their understanding of the public perceptions of crime and campaigns for change with criminological theories to examine how both are used to set policy. Recognising the different types of crime and the criminological approaches to theory will provide a sharper insight into the kind of thinking used by experts and politicians to explain crime and criminality. Public law makers are informed by theory and apply these theories to their own solutions to the problem of crime. By understanding Criminological Theories, learners will develop the skills to support, challenge and evaluate expert opinion and be able to support their own ideas with reliable and factual evidence.Unit 3 - Crime Scene to CourtroomThrough this unit, learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. The criminal trial process involves many different people and agencies. Learning about the roles of these gives a clearer insight into what happens once a crime is detected and the process that leads to either a guilty or non-guilty verdict. There are strict rules as to how evidence is collected from a crime scene and also strict rules governing the giving of evidence in court; learning about these rules allows for the review of the trial process to assess whether the aims of the criminal justice system have been met. The role of the jury in the Crown Court may be familiar, however the many different factors that influence jury decision-making may be less so. By undertaking this unit, learners will be able to assess the use of lay people in determining the fate of a suspect and evaluate the criminal trial process from crime scene to courtroom.Unit 4 - Crime and PunishmentThe aim of this unit is for learners to develop skills in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the process of social control in delivering policy in practice. Most people in our society are law-abiding and unwilling to break laws. Law-breaking is frequently of the petty variety, so serious crime and repeat offending is often restricted to a few people who cannot or will not abide by the rules that most of us consider to be so important. Society has had to develop a complex system of mechanisms, processes and organisations to ensure that people do not break the law. If they do commit crime, society needs to be protected from their behaviour. These social institutions each have different mechanisms, ideologies and policies. This unit explains something of their variety, how they work and their effectiveness in preventing and protecting us from criminality.

How will it be delivered?

A combination of assessment methods are used. Two units (unit 2 and unit 4) will each be assessed by means of a 90 minute examination. The remaining two units are assessed through assignments where you will complete tasks to meet allocated deadlines

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The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology can support access to higher education degree courses in the field of Criminology. Alternatively, the qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunal Service or the National Offender Management Service.