WJEC Diploma in Criminology

Why should I study this subject?
Criminology is an increasingly popular subject for students who are interested in a career in criminal justice, or studying Criminology at university. The subject explores why people commit crime, drawing on explanations from psychology and sociology, along with how society tackles crime through the law, policing and punishment.
Students learn about different types of crime, how people’s perceptions of crime are shaped and how crimes are investigated. They also study how the criminal justice system operates. The course is assessed by 50% examination and 50% controlled assessment.

What will I study?
The course will include:
• Changing awareness of crime: types of crime, perceptions of crime, unreported crime
• Media representations of crime and official data on crime
• Crime prevention and awareness campaigns
• Criminological theories: theories of criminality from biology, psychology and sociology
• Crime scene to courtroom: the criminal justice system from investigation to verdict – personnel and techniques involved in criminal investigations and courtroom procedures
• Crime and punishment: law-making, criminal justice, forms and functions of punishment

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here