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Criminology

Subject Area: Social Sciences
Level: BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Exam Board: WJEC
Syllabus No:

What do I need to study this course?

You need to have four GCSEs at grade 4 and above including a grade 4 in GCSE English.


What will I study?

Do you want to know about crime? Criminology covers all aspects of crime, from what types of crime there are to the range of punishments people receive for committing crime. This Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology contains elements of psychology, law and sociology which complement the study of humanities or social science subjects.

During the course you will investigate:

  • How crime is portrayed in the media and how this affects people’s view of crime
  • Different theories and explanations about why people commit crime
  • How crime is investigated and criminals are prosecuted
  • How laws are made
  • How punishment works and ways to control crime.

The topics you will study are:

Changing Awareness of Crime (internal assessment)

Criminological Theories (external assessment)

Crime Scene to Courtroom (internal assessment)

Crime and Punishment (external assessment)


What next?

The main purpose of Criminology is to support access to higher education degree courses, such as: Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Criminology and Psychology, Law with Criminology, Criminology and Sociology, Psychology, or Sociology. An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work, or criminal psychology.

Did you know?

In England, it costs about £38,000 per year to house one prisoner.