Topic Tests for Criminology WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate + Diploma

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

Write-on and non-write-on versions provided

Identify your students’ strengths and weaknesses and track their progress.

Build student confidence with these comprehensive topic-by-topic tests covering each of the Assessment Criteria of Unit 1 of the WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate/Diploma specification. A wide range of question types helps consolidate learning and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses for class recap or individual student support.

A good overall resource which could be easily used in teaching straight away and provide a variety of tasks for learners which could be appropriate to different levels

G Shepherd-Etchells, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

An easy-to-set homework or in-class exercise for periodic assessment.

Each test includes:

  1. Section A: Short, quick-fire questions easily identify gaps in knowledge on the key ideas/principles
  2. Section B: Analysis questions practise application & evaluation, often with an extract or scenario
  3. Section C: Exam/assignment preparation questions provide relevant assessment practice
  4. Comprehensive answers – quick and easy to mark!

Tests are typically 25–30 marks and designed to last for 30–45 minutes each.

What do teachers say about this resource? (11486)

This resource provided an extensive overview of unit 1 content to be tested. It tests students on the content for the unit 1 whilst not advertising itself as a controlled assessment style task.

The tasks allow for discussion after the test has been completed, and really allow for students to revise the content thoroughly for their own understanding and not simply to achieve the highest mark band in the controlled assessment.

The copy and complete tables in many topics of this resource are a great low-stakes recap activity for students and provide a competition element - this could also be adapted for a bingo style start activity. My students have prepared for their unit 1 controlled assessment using a variety of tables and they would enjoy using this resource. The mix and match activities included are also effective.

This resource subtly challenges students through the progression of difficulty from sections A to C. It also has scope through questions to delve deeper into criminology, whilst still remaining relevant to the specification.

This also provides students with the ability to reflect on their own work and revise in more depth, and the questions asked allow for larger responses and thinking time.

The scenarios provided in section B of the resource are very similar to the length of the briefs in the controlled assessment, which is good practice.

The AC3.1-AC3.3 section is very well thought through and increases the enjoyability of these topics - that some students often disengage with. It is perfect practice for the controlled assessment.

[Would you purchase this resource?] Definitely, a good formative assessment method in between teaching of unit 1.

C Hickman, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The resources were excellent - really good. I'm really waiting for Unit 2/2 now and hoping something similar is on the way very soon!

J Jan, Head of Psychology and Criminology and Happy Customer

I really like this resource. It is very interactive, having the learners to complete different forms of questions to test their knowledge. I like how it is scaffolded to test the different skills required and the marks allocated to the questions reflect this.

It covers the whole assessment criteria and will prepare learners very well for the controlled assessment, using some excellent examples to test their knowledge and understanding. I also really like the answers given as this will allow peer marking too in class.

It would be useful both as a formative assessment at the end of the assessment criteria or in revision and preparing for the controlled assessment. It also would be useful for class exercises, which could be used as group work etc. It would also be very useful for peer assessment exercises, especially with the answers already given.

It is easy to follow and contains a variety of different question structures which will help all levels of learners.

It matches the assessment criteria 1 to 3 for Unit 1 very well and works through it in a methodical way, ensuring that each area can be formally assessed. It also provides a good preparation exercise for learning outcome 3 which covers the plan, design and justify a campaign element of the controlled assessment using some very good examples for learners to review.

It is really good – I honestly cannot think of anything [to improve this resource]!

H Salter, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

I really like the set out of it. In a subject where there is little additional resources to support delivery and assessment, a well structured and differentiated resource is always welcome. I think it is set out clearly and well thought out. I think it would be very useful in classroom delivery.

I like the build up of difficulty of tasks which would work well for revision or quick questions for the higher ability but also supports the low/mid ability in being able to do structured revision and assessment.

This would be ideal for knowledge checking and would save a lot of teacher time producing new material. At the moment, I am limited to textbook material and my own or material produced by others and shared. I think this would allow for purposeful assessment in turn increasing the level of teaching.

[Matches the spec] perfectly - it is broken down into sub units and reflects the break down of the course perfectly.

K Seazell, Teacher of Criminology & Peer Reviewer

A good overall resource which could be easily used in teaching straight away and provide a variety of tasks for learners which could be appropriate to different levels.

I thought the use of student work was good, it was not only appropriate to the tasks set, but also gives students an idea of what they could produce. Critically analysing others works can provide useful insights into how to approach a question and what is required; this is a core skill for learners.

This is a relatively new qualification which has an absence of past questions to test knowledge. This resource fills this gap in the market. The mark scheme attached could be given to students to self-mark their answers and to provide guidance as to how questions should be approached.

I liked that there are a variety of different activities, tables to complete, matching exercises etc which split things up.

The resources match the specification very well, following the sequential learning outcomes. There are a variety of tasks which increase in complexity from basic factual recall to more evaluative tasks. All tasks are appropriate to how the course is examined.

I know teachers who would [purchase this resource] to support in class learning and to use particular exercises as homework tasks, especially if these were available for every unit, so that this could be consistently given at the end of every unit.

A very good resource!

G Shepherd-Etchells, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

I think this could be a useful additional resource for use as homework activities or revision activities prior to unit 2 exam.

I like the layout being one AC per page -easy for photocopying. And all AC's are covered.

A Ackland, Lecturer and head of Criminology & Peer Reviewer