WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology


This qualification includes elements of psychology, law and sociology and complements studies in humanities

Course Outline

The course can be taken over 1 year to achieve the certificate level or two years to achieve the diploma level.

The diploma level qualification is structured with the following mandatory units:

1          Changing Awareness of Crime      

2          Criminological Theories       

3          Crime Scene to Courtroom Internal

4          Crime and Punishment        


Unit 2: Criminological Theories and Unit 4: Crime and Punishment are externally assessed through a written examination. Each examination lasts 90 minutes and has a total of 75 marks. Each examination includes short and extended answer questions, based upon the material and contexts provided

Unit 1- Changing Awareness of Crime and Unit 3- Crime Scene to Courtroom are internally assessed

For these units, each student must create a piece of evidence which meets the assessment criteria.

The assignment brief for each unit will set out:

  • The assessment criteria
  • The scenario
  • The time available for the assessment
  • The resources available

Examining Board


Special Entry Requirements 

C grade at G.C.S.E in Mathematics and English.

Career Opportunities

Access to a number of higher education courses, including:

  • 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

The qualification also 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.

Teaching Methods

Per fortnight you will be timetabled for eight periods of 60 minutes each.

In these lessons you will be taught theories and relevant research that you will later apply in the unit assignments and written examinations. To be successful students will need to complete work independently and manage work deadlines.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (