WJEC Professional qualifications (not on 16-19 performance tables)

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WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (QCF)
  • England
  • Wales

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16 -19 performance tables.

The WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (QCF) allows students to gain a wealth of knowledge linked to criminal justice. They have the opportunity to acquire both practical and academic skills through applied learning.

The focus of some of the controlled assignments provides opportunities to learn from practitioners in the criminal justice sector. The flexibility of the courses enables students to specialise in individual areas of interest.

Education context

This qualification was introduced in 2012 to support the introduction of the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in England in 2011, the Department for Education announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Applied General qualifications have to demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables will not be recognised in 2016 and beyond.

The new characteristics define purpose, size, and recognition.

Qualifications to be included in the performance tables from 2018 will have to meet further requirements in respect of content, assessment, and grading.

The additional 2018 requirements are not reflected in this qualification.

UCAS has prepared a separate QIP for qualifications to be included in the 2018 performance measures.

This qualification was created for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)1 and has been updated to meet the requirements of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)2.

Awarding organisation
  • WJEC
Qualification code
600/3082/3 (WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology [QCF])

The WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (QCF) is a unitised qualification normally taken in one year.

Subject areas

Mandatory unit:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theories

* Optional units (student must select one):

  • Realities and Perceptions of Crime
  • Social Control: Policy and Practice
  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom

All units are equally weighted.


Level 3 qualification regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.


Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*


Each unit in the WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (QCF) is assessed which follows the JCQ instructions for conducting non-examination assessments. (New GCE & GCSE specifications. 1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019).

There are three stages of assessment:

  • task setting
  • task taking
  • task marking

TASK Setting

WJEC has produced model assignments for each unit. Centres are, however, allowed to modify the assignment within specified parameters.

TASK Taking

There are five areas of task taking that are controlled: time, resources, supervision, collaboration, and resubmission.

TASK Marking

All marking of evidence is made against the assessment criteria and performance band statements given in each unit specification.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Each unit is equally weighted, and each assessment contributes equally (50%) to the overall grade.

Resit arrangements

Students can resubmit for entry at any moderation point. Students must complete a new assessment, completed within the same levels of control. They cannot improve previously submitted work.

Students can resit the whole qualification as many times as they wish within the shelf life of the qualification.

Guided/notional learning hours
180 hours
UCAS Tariff points

WJEC Level 3 Certificate In Criminology (QCF)

Grade Points
D* 28
D 24
M 16
P 8


Key issues for UK HE admissions

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of HE courses, either by themselves or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

This qualification has been available to students since 2012.

Students usually combine this qualification with other Level 3 study such as GCE A Levels.

This qualification will be replaced by:

  • WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Criminology (601/6249/1)
  • WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (601/6248/X)

Available to students from September 2015 for first assessment in 2017.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Assessments can be submitted in January and June each year. Results are issued in August each year.

Qualification date
01 Sep 2012—31 Aug 2017
Reporting and certification information

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically

  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission

  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

The result of this qualification is reported through ABL. Information on candidate numbers and grade distribution are made available on the WJEC website after the results are issued in August each year.

Progression information

This qualification has been designed to complement other Level 3 qualifications, for example, GCE A levels in sociology and law, and to support progression to higher level study.