Criminology Applied Certificate

Join us for this intriguing Level 3 course as you explore crime, behaviour and society. Studied perfectly alongside two other A-Levels or our Level 3 Public Service Certificate, you will begin to understand different types of crime, the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance, and how we control and punish criminality.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


A Level


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 03113y1 09/09/24 04/07/25

What will I study?

During the first year, you will study two units. In the Changing Awareness of Crime unit, you will 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. You will also understand criminal theories, why people commit crimes, and explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance.

The second unit will explore the Crime Scene to Courtroom. You will get an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. You will develop skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. You will also build 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.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 5 in English Language.

How will I be assessed?

The Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology is assessed through a combination of one written examinations, set and marked by WJEC, and one centre-marked assignment.

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve a WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology which is graded A* - E.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have finished this course, you could progress to universities across the country to study a range of Criminology-related degree courses. Many of these courses can lead to careers in the Police, the Armed Forces, into social work, probation service, as a youth worker.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be some additional costs for trips to House of Commons and local law courts.

Additional Info

This course is one part of an exciting study programme where you can study two other A-Levels or our Level 3 Uniformed Public Services Certificate to make up a full qualification.