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Course Overview

Not all types of crime are alike.

What different types of crime take place in our society? How do we decide what behaviour is criminal? What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance? How do we explain why people commit crime? What happens to those who commit a crime? Why and how do we punish people? What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality? These are the questions we will be asking on the Criminology (WJEC) course and researching to find the answers to key questions about crime and the behaviour of criminal defendants.


WJEC Diploma (equivalent to 1 A-Level)

Course Topics

  • Changing Awareness of Crime (Internal)
  • Criminological Theories (External)
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom (Internal)
  • Crime and Punishment (External)


Course Features

The purpose of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology is to provide learners with an introduction to criminal justice and to give a context for learning within the social sciences sector.

Together with other relevant qualifications, such as A Level Law, Psychology and Sociology, it develops students’ understanding to support their entry to higher education courses in the social science sector.

trips & visits

Take a look at some of the amazing trips and visits that our students have embarked on this year. These experiences have been carefully crafted to support their studies in this subject and we hope they will leave you inspired and motivated!


  • External Assessment: 50%
    Internal Assessment: 50%
  • Awarding Body: WJEC


  • Pass Rate – 100%
  • A*-C – 82.7%
  • High Grades (A*-B) – 51.9%

Where Courses Become Careers

Studying Criminology at the Sixth Form College also gives you the skills needed to progress to higher education to study criminology, law and forensic science. An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.
Students will get the chance to interact with different professionals within the criminal justice system, such as a solicitor from the Crown Prosecution Service, ex-police officers and probation officers whilst they study Criminology.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

By taking this course you will develop key attributes and skills that employers and universities are looking for, this includes:

  • Problem Solving
  • Resilience Literacy
  • Independence
  • Lifelong Love of Learning

If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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