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    This is a brand new and exciting qualification that the Religion and Social Science Faculty are offering as part of the Enrichment programme for Key Stage 5 Students.

    Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective:  it looks at the causes and impact of crime and the criminals involved in the crime. Criminologists want to understand why criminals commit crime as well as finding out why people react in certain ways to crimes.

    This course is accepted by universities which means that as well as students gaining an additional qualification they will also gain UCAS points that can be used to gain entry to university courses.

    Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology

    Students studying Criminology will do so as part of their Enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon. Students will have two lessons a week dedicated to this.

    For students who successfully complete this course they will achieve the following qualification - Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology. This is equivalent to an AS Level qualification.

    Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology at Wath Sixth Form

    Students follow the WJEC Applied Certification in Criminology specification. Students will learn key criminological content but will also gain invaluable skills such as application of knowledge and analytical and evaluative skills. It is anticipated that most students starting the course will complete the full two year Applied Certificate in Criminology and sit the Unit 2 exam during Y12 and the Unit 1 Controlled Assessment element during Y13.

    What do students study in Criminology?

    There are two units of study:

    Unit 1: ‘Changing Awareness of Crime’ - this unit focuses on reasons why certain crimes are underreported in society as well as looking at reasons why crimes differ in each society. Students will also evaluate the impact that the media has on our opinions of crime.

    Unit 2: ‘Criminological Theories’ – this unit focuses on what causes people to commit crimes. Students will look at reasons why people commit crime by considering key questions such as: are people born criminal? Do we learn criminal behaviour from others? Students will also look at ways in which crimes can be prevented and whether these strategies are successful or not.

    Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology - Assessment

    Students will study Unit 2 ‘Criminological Theories’ in Y12. This is assessed via an external examination and will have a variety of both short mark and extended writing questions. The exam is 90 minutes long.

    Student will study Unit 1 ‘Changing Awareness of Crime’ in Y13. This will be internally assessed under controlled assessment regulations. This will be assessed in Y13. Both units are worth 50% of the Applied Certificate qualification.


    The Criminology department is part of the Religion and Social Science faculty. The department has a wealth of resources as well as a dedicated team of enthusiastic and experienced teaching staff. The faculty has 9 dedicated classrooms, three of which are computer rooms.