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Every society has the criminals that it deserves. –  Havelock Ellis

Lead Teacher: Mrs C Roberts


WJEC Diploma in Criminology

Criminology is the ‘scientific study of crime’

Below are some examples of some of the topic areas covered on the course. For greater detail, please follow this link to the full specification. https://www.wjec.co.uk/umbraco/surface/blobstorage/download?nodeId=4752


This course will enable you to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and make recommendations for policy. You will develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime
You will learn about the wide range of different crimes and the reasons people have for not reporting certain crimes. You will also learn about media representation of crimes and how this can impact on the views of the public and also on policing and laws.

Unit 2: Criminological Theories
In this unit you will look at crime as a social construct, as well as the theories that have developed through the years to explain crime. You will also learn how these theories are applied to policy making and laws.

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom
You will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. You will learn about investigative techniques at the crime scene, the personnel involved in the investigation, the criminal trial process and who and what circumstances lead to particular verdicts. There are lots of interesting case studies to examine in this topic!

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment
This unit focuses on how and why we punish people for committing crimes, as well as what organisations we have in society to control criminality. You will learn about the criminal justice system in England and Wales and how it operates to achieve social control.

Criminology is a multidisciplinary qualification which gives you insight into a number of different subject areas.

Criminology is not an A level, it is an Applied Diploma which is an A level equivalent. It attracts UCAS points on the same tariff system as a conventional A level and is graded A* – E.


There is a lot of information to absorb, so you will need to do quite a bit of reading and note taking.

Some topics can be quite complex, so you will learn to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

This course requires a great deal of independent learning and research. Around half of the lessons will take place in a computer room.

Classwork will include a variety of teaching and learning styles, such as independent learning, lectures, watching and making notes on documentaries, flipped learning, detailed questioning and activities.


You don’t need any prior knowledge of Criminology to get on to the Diploma course.

Once you have chosen Criminology as one of your A-Levels, you will have a task given to you for over the summer holidays. This will help you understand some of the key elements of the course and ensure you are ready to start Year 12 with confidence and enthusiasm.


In year 12, you will undertake one controlled assessment for Unit 1 (8 hour task) just after Christmas, and take an externally marked exam on Unit 2 in the summer. Each of these will provide 25% of your overall grade for the course.

In year 13, there is another 8 hour controlled assessment for Unit 3 and a final exam for Unit 4 in the summer. Again, each of these are worth 25% of your overall grade.

For more information on what is included in each exam, please use the link to the specification at the top of the page.

Interested in finding out more? Use the links below for a flavour of what Criminology is all about, or email Miss Roberts on c.roberts@nortoncanes-high.staffs.sch.uk

Criminology – I Think Therefore I Teach

I Think Therefore I Teach – YouTube

Napier Press Criminology | Criminology Students


Criminology Curriculum Overview