WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Welcome to Level 3 Criminology, this is the scientific study of the nature, extent, management, causes, control, consequences, and prevention of criminal behaviour, both on individual and social levels. Criminology is an interdisciplinary field in both the behavioural and social sciences, which draws primarily upon the research of sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, psychiatrists, biologists, social anthropologists, as well as scholars of law.

Possible career pathways:

•Crime Scene Investigator

•Forensic Scientist

•Forensic Specialist

•Police Officer/Detective

•Crown Prosecution Service



Year 1 

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime (Internal assessment 100 marks)

Unit 2 – Criminological Theories (External assessment 75 marks)

Year 2

Unit 3 – Crime Scene to Courtroom (Internal assessment 100 marks)

Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment (External assessment 75 marks)

Where can it lead?

Criminology supports access to higher education degree courses, such as:

BSc Criminology

BA Criminology and Criminal Justice

BSc (Hons) Criminology & Psychology

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

BA (Hons) Criminology & Sociology

BA (Hons) Criminology

BSc Criminology with Law

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 Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service