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Criminology (WJEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA)


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How is the course assessed?

A combination of exams and controlled assessments. Units 1 and 3 are assessed in school through the controlled assessment. With Unit 2 and 4 being assessed via examinations similar to the A Level courses.

What is the average class size?

We have two classes of over 20, therefore expect classes to be a little larger than some courses. 

Are the teachers specialists in the subject area?

Mr Sharrocks is a graduate in Sociology, Criminology and Politics from Staffordshire University, with a PGCE in Social Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan University. Furthermore, Mr Sharrocks is currently studying for his MA in Education and Social Research at Lancaster University, which will ultimately benefit through an enhanced subject knowledge. Mrs Lee has a number of years experience in teaching across a variety of social science and humanities subjects, her expertise enables the best outcomes for our pupils.  

How successful have previous students been in this subject?

This is an entirely new course from 2020 at Forge Valley, our first cohort will be sitting their controlled assessment in January for Unit 1. Nationally in 2020, there was an 81% A*-C pass rate. Our current Y13s are on track for a 100% A*-C rate with a number of A*s.  

What other subjects compliment this course?

Criminology suits being used alongside other applied courses such as Health and Social Care, due to the research elements required in both, the skills are transferrable. Furthermore, you will find an overlap with A Level Sociology in some areas, as well as working alongside any course that requires a substantial amount of writing.  

Will studying this subject allow me to go to university?

Yes, the course is designed to allow for progressions onto university courses. You will find the course compliments progression in Criminology, Criminal Investigation and Policing, Law, Sociology, Psychology and Forensics.  

Is the point score the same as an A Level course? 

Yes, we are graded A*-E, we are the equivalent of one A Level, and the UCAS Tariff Points are the same.  

What careers can the subject lead to? 

As suggested above, Criminology can lead to many post-18 options. Obvious courses and programs designed to get people into criminal investigation or law are popular choices. As well as the fact there is a recruitment drive in the police at the moment. As well as other careers linked to social sciences, such as research or social work.