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Applied Diploma in Criminology (WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma) — Part of the A Level Programme

Course outline

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology. The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements many other studies.

This is an Applied General qualification, designed primarily to support learners progressing to university or into higher level apprenticeships. The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is equivalent to one A-level and consists of four mandatory units..

  • Changing Awareness of Crime (Internally assessed)
  • Criminological Theories (externally assessed)
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom (internally assessed)
  • Crime and Punishment (externally assessed)

Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose demands learning related to authentic case studies. It also requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on themselves, other individuals, employers, society and the environment.

How to apply for this course

Apply now to study an A Level Programme in 2024/25

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Course code: C000450 / Q050714


WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment will be through internally marked controlled assessments and external examinations. The weightings for assessment are 50% external, 50% internal. Students can achieve grades A – E on each unit. The final grade is an aggregate of all the unit grades to give an overall grade of A* - E.


Criminology links well with other A Level subjects such as Law, Psychology and Sociology and provides a pathway into a variety of higher education and degree courses. 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.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.