Criminology is about so much more than just studying criminal behaviour. It analyses how crime affects victims and society as a whole. Criminology considers various theories and ideas around how and why crimes occur and attempts to understand crime from social, scientific, psychological and historical perspectives. Criminology also looks at ways to control and prevent criminal behaviour. Criminology analyses the way law enforcement operates, and the mechanism of the criminal justice system. This qualification would support learners’ progression from any study at Level 2, particularly GCSEs in Sociology, Citizenship, and Humanities.
What do criminology students study?
Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime
The purpose of this unit is for learners to plan campaigns for change relating to crime e.g. change in policy • change in law • change in priorities of agencies • change in funding • change in awareness • change in attitude
Unit 2: Criminological theories
The purpose of this unit is for learners to apply their understanding of the public perceptions of crime and campaigns for change studied in Unit 1 with criminological theories to examine how both are used to set policy.
Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom
Through this unit, learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
Unit 4: Crime and punishment
The purpose 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.
The Diploma offers an attractive assessment pattern, with two of the four units (Units 1 and 3) being internally assessed via controlled assessments. Units 2 and 4 are assessed by external exam.
Is the criminology course suitable for me?
The WJEC/Eduqas Diploma in Criminology is a four-unit course, equivalent to one A level, and it contains significant elements of Sociology and Psychology. There has been considerable take-up of the Diploma since it was introduced in 2015 and it is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to a third A level subject, especially for Sociology and Psychology students.
How is the course taught?
The course incorporates elements of psychology, law and sociology, covering a wide variety of crime-related topics including biological and sociological theories of criminality, processes used for law making and media representations of crime, amongst others.
What skills will I gain from the course?
As a criminology student, you will gain critical thinking, analytical and communications skills. The course is designed to support learners progressing to university and careers in the criminal justice system. You will have the opportunity to acquire both practical and academic skills through applied learning and the flexibility of the course enables you to study crimes you personally find interesting.
What types of careers might this course lead to?
A qualification in criminology is ideal for entry into a diverse range of careers. As a criminology student, with critical thinking, analytical and communications skills, you are attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. The criminology course is particularly useful for those considering pursuing a career in law, local government, policing and social work.