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Welcome to the Criminology subject page. Below you will find a breakdown of each year group, including what is taught, how we assess, what enrichment opportunities there are and what can be expected in terms of homework. If you need any further information please contact the Head of Department, Miss Cavilla, at kcavilla@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk.

Click here to see a visual representation of our Criminology curriculum for Key Stage 5

Criminology Curriculum Map - Year 12 to Year 13 

Teaching Staff

Miss Cavilla

Miss Palmer


WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology

Criminology Level 3 

Studying criminology will enable you to develop an understanding of the different types of crime committed, the influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes go unreported.

What will I study?

You will explore how media campaigns may affect society’s understanding of crimes and have the opportunity to plan your own ‘campaign for change’.

As you deepen your understanding, you will learn about different theoretical perspectives that try to explain why crime is committed in the first place.

You will have the opportunity to debate:

  • 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 makes someone a serial killer, or abusive to their own families?

You will take the journey from crime scene to courtroom, enabling you to answer:

  • What happens to a suspect once charged by the Police and the Crown Prosecution        Service (CPS)?
  • What safeguards are in place to ensure a suspect has a fair trial?
  • You will also be given the opportunity to study real court cases.

You will learn to develop your skills to evaluate the effectiveness of the process of social control in delivering policy in practice. You will be equipped with the knowledge to answer such questions as:

  • Why do most of us tend to obey the law even when to do so is against our own interests?
  • What social institutions have we developed to ensure that people do obey laws?
  • What happens to those who violate our legal system?]

Where can this course take me?

A qualification in criminology will open doors into many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.

Examination Board: WJEC

Click here to view the Level 3 Certificate in Criminology exam specification