AS Level / A Level Criminology (Part-Time Evening)

Course Overview

The Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology is a qualification with elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology that complements studies in humanities. This is designed for students who are interested in researching crimes, working as a criminologist or becoming a scientist in industry. This is located in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA). This is a Level 3 qualification that is broadly equivalent to an AS Level.
Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective: the causes of crime, the social impact of crime, and the criminals involved in crime.

Criminologists study criminology in an attempt to better understand what motivates the criminal to act criminally. 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

This course will run at Neath College on Mondays, 4.30pm-7.00pm.

  • Entry Requirements

    6 GCSEs grade C or above would be beneficial. A grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English is required or literacy/ numeracy WEST testing would need to be completed and a Level 2 achieved prior to commencing the course. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.

  • Career Prospects

    The main purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology is 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
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
    • BSc Criminology with Law
    Employment opportunities in Criminology include:
    • Prison and Probation Service
    • Courts and Tribunal Service
    • Police Forces
    • National Offender Management Service

  • Course Modules

    Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime
    The first mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.
    Unit 2: Criminology Theories
    The second mandatory unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit a crime, drawing on what they have learned in unit 1.

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

  • Assessment

    To obtain the certificate learners must complete the following two units:
    1. Changing Awareness of Crime (Internal controlled assessment)
    2. Criminological Theories (External examination)

  • Additional Costs

    There is an exam fee of £39

Study Mode



Neath College

Course Length

1 year


20/21 fees: £338

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