AS Level / A Level Criminology (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The AS Level / A Level Criminology course is a qualification with elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology that complements studies in humanities. This is located in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA). This is designed for students interested in researching crimes, work as a criminologist, science and becoming a scientist in the industry. This is a level 3 qualification which is broadly equivalent to an AS/A level, where the Level 3 Certificate is completed in the AS year and the Level 3 Diploma is completed in the A Level year.

Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective: the causes of crime, the social impact of crime, and the criminals involved in the crime.
Criminologists study criminology in an attempt to better understand what motivates the criminal to act in a criminal manner. Their work is generally focused on the study of:
– theories explaining illegal and/or deviant behaviour
– the social reaction to crime
– the political terrain of social control
– the effectiveness of anti-crime policies
– criminals
– crimes
– crime victims

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  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language. No prior knowledge in the subject is required

  • Career Prospects

    Is Criminology suitable for me?
    This exciting new qualification will support learner’s progression onto AS levels and higher education. It will compliment and support learners wishing to undertake humanities based subjects e.g. Law, History, Psychology and Sociology. It has been designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.

    The main purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is mainly to use the qualification to support access to higher education degree courses, such as:
    - 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

  • Course Modules

    What will I study?
    Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime:
    The first mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.
    Unit 2 Criminological Theories:
    The second mandatory unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1.
    Unit 3 Crime Scene to Courtroom: The third mandatory unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.
    Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.
    Unit 4 Crime & Punishment: In the final mandatory unit, learners will 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.

    Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose demands learning related to authentic case studies. It also requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on themselves, other individuals, employers, society and the environment.

  • Assessment

    Qualification structure:
    To obtain the full diploma learners must complete all units:
    To obtain the certificate learners must complete the following two units:

    Unit No. Unit Title Assessment
    1 Changing Awareness of Crime Internal
    2 Criminological Theories External
    3 Crime Scene to Courtroom Internal
    4 Crime and Punishment External

    Unit No. Unit Title Assessment
    1 Changing Awareness of Crime Internal
    2 Criminological Theories External

Study Mode



Neath College

Course Length

2 years