Exam Board: WJEC    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 4 in GCSE English and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Reasons to study BTEC Criminology


The Level 3 Diploma in Criminology provides you with a broad insight into the Criminal Justice System, exploring the nature of crime and the thought processes around it.

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminals, including the motivations and consequences of crime and its perpetrators, as well as preventative measures. Studying criminology can be seen as multi-disciplinary, as it contains elements of psychology, biology, statistics, law, and sociology.

After studying Criminology, you will have a developed understanding of the Criminal Justice System, with the ability to examine information to critique the verdicts of criminal cases and their impact on society.

Course Outline


Unit 1 Changing Awareness of Crime:
Different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported.

Unit 2 Criminological Theories:
Why people commit crime, drawing on what you have learned in Unit 1.

Unit 3 Crime Scene to Courtroom:
The criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.
You will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

Unit 4 Crime and Punishment:
You will apply your understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

Assessment Outline


Unit 1: 100 marks (controlled assessment)

Unit 2: 75 marks written exam (1 hour 30 minutes)

Unit 3: 100 marks (controlled assessment)

Unit 4: 75 marks written exam (1 hour 30 minutes)

The WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment. Units 1 and 3 are internally assessed through controlled assessments. Units 2 and 4 are externally assessed through two 1 hour 30 minute written exams in the summer of Year 13.

Progression Routes and Career Paths


  • Criminologist
  • Police Detective
  • Correctional Officer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Private Investigator
  • Crime Analyst
  • Judge
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Lecturer
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Criminal Psychologist
  • Police Officer
  • Lawyer

The Romero’s Criminology Department


Part of the recruitment process of establishing our Sixth Form is the appointment of a Head of Social Sciences who will oversee the teaching in Sociology, Psychology and Criminology.

We have already advertised for this position and had strong interest.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the BTEC Criminology course please contact:

Mr R Noye – Deputy Head and Head of Sixth Form [email protected]