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Criminology
SUBJECT LEADER
Mrs S. Van Den Broecke
s.vandenbroecke@kingsmeadschool.net


SUBJECT VISION

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 humanities learning. Together with other relevant qualifications, such as BTEC Law, A Level Psychology and A Level Sociology, it develops the understanding to support entry to higher education courses in the humanities sector.

KEY STAGE 5

Years 12 and 13

Autumn Term
Unit 1 Changing Awareness of Crime Controlled Assessment (internal)– 50%

Spring Term
Unit 1 Changing Awareness of Crime Controlled Assessment (internal)– 50%

Summer Term
Unit 2: Criminological Theories External Assessment – 50%

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
Criminology is a thought provoking subject, that makes you feel not only empathy for victims but allows you to dive into the reasons why criminals commit crime.

Cultural Capital Development
Criminology, as a subject, really ignites learners' imaginations through guest speakers, trips and through the Murder House, Kingsmead's very own Forensic house on site. Our guest speakers have included Mark Payne, Head of the Murder Team at West Midland's police, who gave a real insight into real criminal investigations. This linked well with the Year 13 students' unit of work: Crime Scene to Courtroom Controlled Assessment.

Cross Curricular Links and Projects
A unique element Kingsmead can offer to a prospective student is that we have our very own forensic house. This is used throughout the course to build on skills and knowledge of forensics and criminology and to also allow students to experience this on their own doorstep, giving Kingsmead the real edge as a provider for Criminology.

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology. The subject also offer opportunities to develop leadership skills, which naturally occur if you're wanting to pursue a career within this field.

Activities you will complete in this subject linking to the Kingsmead Edge
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 criminals.
A unique element Kingsmead can offer to a prospective student is that we have our very own forensic house. This is used throughout the course to build on skills and knowledge of forensics and criminology and to also allow students to experience this on their own doorstep, giving Kingsmead the real edge as a provider for Criminology.

Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
Throughout the course you will develop life-long learning skills for example, problem solving, Literacy skills, independent study skills and a chance to view the world in a very different way. Reading around the subject is always encouraged, as well as watching crime dramas and documentaries, to enable learners to become fully immersed in the world of Criminology.

Exam Boards and Links
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology

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