Criminology Applied Diploma

Brief details:

The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning through purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.  It is a qualification with elements of sociology, law and psychology. 

The course provides students with an introduction to criminal justice and develops understanding to support entry to higher education courses in the humanities sector. 

The course covers a range of topics such as crime and media and crime and punishment.  Students complete four mandatory units:

  • Changing awareness of crime
  • Criminological theories
  • Crime Scene to court room
  • Crime and punishment


Preferred entry requirements:

Grade 4 or above at both English & maths. There is no requirement to have studied the subject at GCSE.

Units studied:

  • Unit 1 – Changing awareness of crime
  • Unit 2 – Criminological Theories
  • Unit 3 – Crime scene to courtroom
  • Unit 4 – Crime and punishment


Exam Board: WJEC

Course Assessment details:

Units 1 and 3 are assessed internally with controlled assessment.  Units 2 and 4 are assessed externally by examination.

Progression and career opportunities:

By studying this course, students will gain the required knowledge to be able to consider further study in higher education in sociology, psychology, criminology and criminal justice as well as apprenticeships within law enforcement, legal work, prison work and social work.