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Changes to Moderation Process

As of Summer 2016 onwards the moderation process for Level 3 pathways qualifications will change. 

Centre samples can be identified via the Internal Assessment Mark Input System (IAMIS) from the Summer 2016 series onward. The new system consolidates the sample selection process into a single electronic transaction. The system will automatically identify the sample candidates whose work is to be despatched to the moderator.  

Please note the online system will select samples based on the below formula.  This new formula will replace section 7 of the specification.

More information regarding the changes to moderation and samples can be found in this Pathways Level 3 (QCF) Internal Assessment Submission Summer 2016 letter. 

Why study Criminology?

This is an exciting new course which will allow students to gain a wealth of knowledge linked to criminal justice. A stimulating grounding in the study of criminology can be achieved. They will have the opportunity to acquire both practical and academic skills through applied learning, and the focus of some assignments provide opportunities to learn from practitioners in the criminal justice sector. The flexibility of the courses enables learners to specialise in their individual areas of interest.

Centres can choose which units they offer, enabling them to tailor the course to suit the needs of their learners, who can study for an Award, Certificate or a Diploma.

Award
12 credits
Mandatory unit
Certificate
24 credits
Mandatory unit
Plus 1 optional unit
Diploma
48 credits
Mandatory unit
Plus 3 optional units

Statement of purpose

QAN Code: 600/3082/3 WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (QCF)

Students need to complete 2 units for the Certificate (unit 1 and 1 other)

WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology
Unit Number
Unit Title
Credits
1*
Introduction to Criminological Theories
12
2
Realities and Perceptions of Crime
12
3
Social Control: Policy and Practice
12
4
Changing Awareness of Crime
12
5
Crime Scene to Courtroom
12

* Mandatory unit

Optional units are those in the shaded boxes.

The purpose of WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (QCF) is to offer experiences that focus learning for 16 -19 year olds through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts.

These qualifications are by nature Applied General qualifications; each unit within the qualifications has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study criminology.

The applied purpose demands authentic work related learning, but more than this it requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • the ability to apply mathematical and ICT skills
  • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment
  • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts

The range of units available would support learner's progression from any study at Level 2 but in particular, GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History and Humanities. Criminology combines well with a variety of GCE subjects at A and AS level such as Law, Sociology and Psychology, as well as with other Level 3 qualifications.

By studying this Level 3 Certificate students will gain the required knowledge to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice sector e.g. Probation Service, or use the qualification to support access to higher/further education courses e.g. Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law.

Statement of purpose

QAN Code: 600/3083/5 WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF)

Students need to complete 4 units for the Diploma (unit 1 and 3 others)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology
Unit Number
Unit Title
Credits
1*
Introduction to Criminological Theories
12
2
Realities and Perceptions of Crime
12
3
Social Control: Policy and Practice
12
4
Changing Awareness of Crime
12
5
Crime Scene to Courtroom
12

* Mandatory unit

Optional units are those in the shaded boxes.

The purpose of WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF) is to offer experiences that focus learning for 16 -19 year olds through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts.

These qualifications are by nature Applied General qualifications; each unit within the qualifications has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study criminology.

The applied purpose demands authentic work related learning, but more than this it requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • the ability to apply mathematical and ICT skills
  • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment
  • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts

The range of units available would support learner's progression from any study at Level 2 but in particular, GCSEs in Sociology, Law, Psychology, Citizenship, History and Humanities. Criminology combines well with a variety of GCE subjects at A and AS level such as Law, Sociology and Psychology, as well as with other Level 3 qualifications.

By studying this Level 3 Diploma students will gain the required knowledge to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice sector e.g. Probation Service, or use the qualification to support access to higher/further education courses e.g. Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law.

Higher Education

The following Universities have submitted letters of support which confirm they agreed to accept this qualification within a learner's portfolio for entry onto Criminology or related degree courses. There are no UCAS points associated with this qualification at this time.

Letters of support

CPD

To introduce a new specification from September 2015 there are FREE CPD events in London on 23 April.

The Autumn 2013 CPD material is available for teachers to access on the CPD section of the Secure Website.

Resources

For further information, please contact:

Karen Bushell - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5092
E-mail: karen.bushell@wjec.co.uk

Andrew O'Regan - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5097
E-mail: andrew.oregan@wjec.co.uk

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Level 3 Criminology (QCF) Examiners' Report Summer 2016
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Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2016 Principal Examiners' reports provide feedback on this Summer's examination series. The reports include helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next examination series.

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