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WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Law, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Crime Scene Investigation, Forensics, Police and Armed Services

Overview of the course: 

What makes someone a serial killer?
Could they have been stopped before they killed?
Studying criminology will help you to answer these questions. Learn about different types of crime, investigative techniques which are used to catch suspects and how social control is used in society to make us obey laws.
Criminology is an interesting and diverse subject which will get you thinking, make you question criminal cases in the media and help you apply information to real life situations.

The WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to further study and training. The Certificate is designed to complement study in related subjects such as A level Sociology, Law and Psychology, and provide an insight into the subject area with a view to further study or training in related subjects. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year-old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.

Entry requirements: 

Minimum of 5 GCSE at grade A-C (9-4) including Maths and English


Unit 1 Changing Awareness of Crime
In Changing Awareness of Crime, learners develop an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. Knowing about the wide range of different crimes and the reasons people have for not reporting such crimes provides an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and the social implications of such crimes and criminality.
Unit 2 Criminological Theories
Criminological Theories enables learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1. Learners explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.

How is the course assessed?: 

The WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology is assessed through a combination of two written examinations, set and marked externally by the exam board, and two internally-marked assignments.

Further study options after this course: 

Most students go on to study Law, Criminology, Forensics, Sociology or Psychology at university after completing this course.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £724.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

If you're a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 years old you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you do not already have a level 3 qualification, or you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group, your fees may be paid by the Government.

If you are aged 24 or over you can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of your course. We will send you a letter with details of how to apply once you have been interviewed and accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (14 Dec 2018 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
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