Diploma in Criminology – Level 3

Course Overview

Our Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is an exciting program that is aimed at school leavers.

You will learn about organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and how these three branches fit together in the world around us. You will also develop many skills which are highly valued by a wide range of employers, including problem solving, data analysis, numeracy and communications.

 

 

Learners will complete the diploma in one year and then progress onto the forensic science course for year 2. Alongside the main programme of study, learners will also complete a mentoring qualification which will enhance learner’s skills in a work based setting. In addition, an extended project will also be completed where learners will be able to study an area of personal interest.

Trips and visits, as well as guest speakers will be used in the teaching of these modules to support understanding of the subject area.

5 GCSE grades 9 to 4, including Maths and English. GCSE grade 3 (D) or above in Science.

Unit 1 – Changing awareness of crime

The purpose of this unit is for learners to plan campaigns for change relating to crime.

Not all types of crime are alike. What different types of crime take place in our society? What kinds of crime exist about which we know very little, or which are simply not reported to the police and the media? How do we explain people’s reluctance to come forward about crimes of which they have been the victim? What methods have governments and other agencies used to raise social awareness of these crimes?

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.

How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why people commit crime? What makes someone a serial killer, or abusive to their own families? Criminologists have produced theoretical explanations of why people commit crime, but which is the most useful? Are these theories relevant to all types of crime? What can we learn from the strengths and weaknesses of each? How can these theories be applied to real life scenarios and real-life crimes?

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.

What are the roles of personnel involved when a crime is detected? What investigative techniques are available to investigators to help to identify the culprit? Do techniques differ depending on the type of crime being investigated? What happens to a suspect once charged by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)? What safeguards are in place to ensure a suspect has a fair trial?

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.

Why do most of us tend to obey the law even when to do so is against our own interests? What social institutions have we developed to ensure that people do obey laws? What happens to those who violate our legal system? Why do we punish people? How do we punish people? What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality or those who will not abide by the social rules that most of us follow? We spend a great deal of taxpayers’ money on social control, so how effective are these organisations in dealing with criminality?

The main purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is mainly to use the qualification to support access to higher education degree courses, such as:

  • BSc Criminology
  • BA Criminology
  • BA Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
  • 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.

Two external exams for Units 2 and 4.

Two internal controlled assessments for Units 1 and 3.

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