The diploma is equivalent to one A-Level. Criminology examines why crime is committed (e.g. biological, psychological, and sociological explanations) as well as how the criminal justice system works and how crime leads to social policy change. The assessment includes coursework and examinations.

Key Staff

Mrs Hume - Head of Department
Miss H Butler - Teacher of Social Sciences
Miss H Duncan
Miss I Thompson
Mrs S Pedder - Teacher of SEN

Curriculum Intent

We teach Criminology as it is a subject that enhances understanding human behaviour - drawing on a wide range of disciplines, including Biology, Psychology, Sociology and Law . Students develop a broad set of academic skills as well as empathy and understanding of the policies to reduce offending.

Criminology Level 3: WJEC

Criminology is the scientific study of the nature causes, control and consequences of criminal behaviour. It examines why crime is committed focusing on biological, psychological, and sociological explanations, as well as how the criminal justice system works and how crime leads to social policy change. Criminology will enable learners to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported and allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime.

The course is split into 4 units across Year 12 (unit 1 and unit 2) and Year 13 (unit 3 and unit 4). The assessment for this course is 50% controlled assessment and 50% external exam and the diploma is equivalent to one A-Level.

Qualification structure:

Unit Number

Unit Title

How is it assessed?

Unit 1

Changing Awareness of Crime


Unit 2

Criminological Theories

90 minutes
Total of 75 marks

Unit 3

Crime Scene to Courtroom

90 minutes
Total of 75 marks

Unit 4

Crime & Punishment


The focus of learning is on building informed, balanced and clear arguments through academic research and investigation of contemporary issues in crime and criminal justice. The course covers areas of sociology, psychology and law and therefore requires some extended writing in both coursework and exams.

Many students will continue to study Criminology or related courses at University. Employment possibilities in criminal justice include law enforcement, probation, parole as well as community support services. Opportunities also exist in research, policy analysis, journalism and information science.

Year 12 Curriculum Assessment Plan 

Year 13 Curriculum Assessment Plan

For further information regarding our Social Sciences Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Hume