WJEC Diploma in Criminology – Equivalent to 1 A-Level
Why should I study Criminology?
Criminology is an increasingly popular subject for students who are interested in a career in criminal justice, or studying criminology at university. The subject explores why people commit crime, drawing on explanations from psychology and sociology, along with how society tackles crime through the law, policing and punishment. Students learn about different types of crime, how people’s perceptions of crime are shaped and how crimes are investigated.
What will I study?
- Changing awareness of Crime: types of crime, perceptions of crime and unreported crime.
- Media representations of crime and of official data on crime.
- Crime campaigns.
- Criminological Theories: Why do people commit crime? Theories of criminality from biology, psychology and sociology.
- Crime scene to Courtroom: the criminal justice system from investigation to verdict – personnel and techniques involved in criminal investigations and courtroom procedures.
- Crime and Punishment: law making, criminal justice, forms and functions of punishment.
This course is assessed by half exam and half controlled assessment.