WJEC Applied Criminology

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Christopher Peacock
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Course introduction

Chris Peacock
Criminology is a fascinating course that will allow you to explore a range of criminal offences, theories of criminal behaviour and the techniques used by crime scene investigators. By the end of the course you will have gained an in-depth knowledge of how the criminal justice system works, from the moment a crime has been discovered, right up until a verdict is reached in court.




Criminology is a subject with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities but can be combined with any other A level subjects. The qualification carries UCAS points equivalent to one A level. It relies heavily on the use of case studies and will enable you to develop many valuable skill such as:

+ Independent learning and research.

+ Analysing information and arriving at logical conclusions.

+ Applying your knowledge and solving problems.

+ Working with others on projects and presenting your findings.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

The course is a combination of external exams and vocational style assignments. There are four units. Two of these are internal controlled assessment and two are internally assessed (coursework).

What will I study?

In the first unit you will learn about different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. The second unit will allow you to gain an understanding of why people commit crime. This will involve studying various possibilities such as biological theories of crime which consider a person’s genetic makeup and physical appearance in an attempt to show that people are born criminals. The third unit gives an in depth look at the criminal justice system, including the courts and the role of law enforcement officers and crime scene investigators. You will develop the skills needed to examine evidence and review verdicts in criminal cases. In the final unit, you will apply the knowledge you have gained in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the methods we use to control crime.

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

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Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

The course has been designed to support students going to university. It could lead to a variety of higher education degree courses, such as:

+ BSc Criminology

+ BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

+ LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

+ BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

+ BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

Alternatively, the qualification will give you the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment in some areas of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the police or the Courts and Tribunals Service. However these are just some of the possibilities.

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Where next?

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey