Applied Criminology Level 3

Not all types of crime are alike. What different types of crime take place in our society? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, including police officers, probation and prison officers, and social workers. With their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, criminology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


A Level


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 02113y1 09/09/24 04/07/25

What will I study?

There are 2 units studied in Year 1:

  1. Changing Awareness of Crime, learners 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. Criminological Theories enables learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1. Learners explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.

  2. Crime Scene to Courtroom provides learners with an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. They develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. In Crime and Punishment, learners apply their 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.

Students should opt to study Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Uniformed Public Services or choose two other A Level options to study alongside this qualification.

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?

WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology which is graded A* - E and is the equivalent to half of one full A level qualification.

What can I do after completing this course?

Students will progress onto the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology after successful completion of year 1. This is the equivalent to one full A Level.

BSc Criminology, BA Criminology, BA Criminology and Criminal Justice, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology, LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology, BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, BA (Hons) Criminology, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology, BSc Criminology with Law Other careers– police, social work, armed forces, probation service, youth worker

Are there any extra costs?

There may be some costs involving trips to House of Commons, law courts etc. and has introduced as many of our students go on to university courses involving Criminology or into a related career.

Additional Info

This should be studied alongside BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Uniformed Services or equivalent in a suitable subject area or a mixed A-Level programme.

Further information can be obtained from the College website. For specific course information please contact the Guidance team or the course coordinator Carol Tomsett on