An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology. WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities. This is an Applied General qualification. This means it is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university. It has been designed to offer 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. The qualification would support learners’ progression from any study at Level 2, particularly GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History and Humanities.


  • Develop knowledge of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.
  • Gain an understanding of why people commit crime
  • Understand the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.
  • Develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
  • Apply understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

Exam board: WJEC

Syllabus title: WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Course code: 4543UD0

Course Content:

The following topics will be covered:

  • Unit 1: Changing awareness of crime
  • Unit 2: Criminological theories
  • Unit 3: Crime scene to courtroom
  • Unit 4: Crime and punishment

Assessment and weighting

Units 1 and 3:

Internal assessment: Each 8 hours, split over 3 days.

Each 25% of qualification (100 marks)

Units 2 and 4:

External assessment: Each 90 minutes

Each 25% of qualification (75 marks)

Trips/ visits

This year students have attended Wilson's Criminology & Policing Conference, featuring talks from a number of esteemed professionals in the area of Criminology and policing.

Future opportunities/career

Studying Criminology equips you with the skills and knowledge required to access higher education courses in fields such as:

  • Criminology
  • Law & Criminal Justice
  • Psychology

Additionally, 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.

Qualifications / school record:


  • Grade 5 in English Language

Attitude / Qualities

  • Hard working
  • Self-motivated
  • Interested in crime, the law and human behaviour



  • Organisation
  • Time-management
  • Ability to make synoptic links
  • Can retain information on theories and concepts
  • Can write for extended periods
  • Independence


  • Effective communicator
  • Reflective
  • Creative



  • None


  • Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, criminality and societal structures (e.g. through completion of a Psychology and/or Sociology GCSE)

Updated 04/03/2022