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Level 3 Applied Diploma inCriminology

On the Level 3 Criminology course, you’ll learn about all aspects of crime from a social perspective: the causes of crime, its social impact and take a look into the criminals that are committing these acts. Criminologist study crime in an attempt to better understand what motivates the criminal to act in that way.

In Year 12 you will achieve the Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology and by the end of Year 13 you will have achieved the Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology which is equivalent to one A Level.

Awarded By:

WJEC (Formerly Welsh Joint Education Committee)

Key Facts

Programme Costs:

The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

Level:

3

Awarding Body:

WJEC (Formerly Welsh Joint Education Committee)

Course Code:

  • 24/25GCECRM1

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full Time

Course Duration:

2 Years

Dates:

  • September 2024

CourseContent

Applied Certificate – Year 12

  • Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime – Internally assessed (Coursework)
  • Unit 2: Criminological Theories – Externally assessed (Exam)

Applied Diploma – Year 13

  • Unit 3: Crime Scene to Court Room – Internally assessed (Coursework)
  • Unit 4: Crime and Punishment – Externally assessed (Exam

Features/
Benefits

This is predominantly an essay-based subject so English skills will be developed throughout the course, especially using key terminology and looking at improving academic writing skills. Maths and employability skills would be developed in this subject where appropriate alongside developing higher level thinking skills and critical analysis.

There will also be a visit to Derby University to explore their Law Court and a Crime Laboratory. You will also attend Nottingham Court for a visit (subject to Government guidelines).

Entry
Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
All Loughborough College Sixth Form courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:
English Language at grade 5.

Assessment
Methods

In both Year 12 and Year 13 there is on internally assessed unit (NEA/coursework) and one exam.

Progression
Opportunities

You can progress onto degree courses at many universities such as Criminology, Law, Sociology and Policing and Criminal Justice.

Long term, the qualification develops your understanding and skills so that you are able to consider employment in the criminal justice sector, such as in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service and the Police Service.


FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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