The course is a 4 year BA in Criminology including a Foundation Year. The course is aimed at students who may be critical of current criminal justice policies and who are seeking employment in either the criminal justice sector or associated fields. This course benefits from both a theoretical basis as well as a vocational and applied nature. There is a high level of face-to-face tuition delivered by practising criminologists who are currently active in this field of study. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of criminological theorising and will be able to apply this to current socio-economic policies and conditions. In order to achieve this, students will develop a critical understanding of the law in relation to current issues such as migration, terrorism, trafficking, drugs and mass incarceration. Criminology will be considered from a variety of different perspectives including feminist, critical, cultural, and race.
This course will be delivered over a 4 year period, with students undertaking 6 modules per year across 2 semesters. The degree programme is designed so that the Foundation Year provides an underpinning year, incorporating both academic and legal/professional related learning for applicants needing to improve their knowledge and understanding along with the necessary skills needed to participate in the undergraduate programmes at levels 4, 5 and 6. Students will be taught using a variety of digital media and resources. The final year will include a dissertation or research project and a research methods module. Students will have practical issues raised and develop relevant skills of analysis, research, problem-solving, and communication skills so as to resolve those issues but also the relevant skills to be able to communicate them.
Applicants are required to possess 48 UCAS Points from a maximum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications, plus GCSE English Language at Grade C/4. An interview with an academic may also form part of the application process which will take place either face-to-face or via phone/skype.
A non-standard application route is also available.
Students should demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience evidencing management of people and/or processes and provide a professional reference. Any applicant with no or limited formal qualifications will be invited to complete an in-house literacy test (for those without GCSE English language at grade C/4), as well as a formal interview.
Students should demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience evidencing management of people and/or processes and provide a professional reference. Students must also possess GCSE English Language at Grade 4 or equivalent, as well as successfully passing a formal interview.
Students who will be under the age of 18 but no younger than 17 at the commencement of the course are permitted.
International requirements: An English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or above with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
Careers in the criminal justice system, policing, probation service, customs, immigration, social researcher, housing sector and the NGO and charity sector.
Academic and Report Writing
Numeracy Skills in Context
Foundations of Business Management
Foundations of Law
Foundations of Social Science
Year 1: 31 study weeks
Foundations of Criminology
Society and Punishment
Media Crime and Control
Drugs in the Criminal Justice System
Criminal Justice in Modern Britain
Year 2: 30 study weeks
Gender, Sexuality and Crime
The Evolution of the Prison System
Youth and Crime
Zemiology (Social Harms)
Year 3: 30 study weeks
Urban Criminology - The City and Globalisation
Dissertation (all year double module)
Dissertation (all year double module)
Race, Ethnicity and Religion
The Politics of Policing
*All options are indicative and subject to availability.
At the end of each semester, you’ll get a week for revision before two weeks of assessments.
Exams: Two hours, ten multiple-choice questions and two long-form questions
Coursework: Essay, project report or portfolio
We run mock assessments to allow you to practise before too.
Full-time three-year Criminology
Designed by practising criminologists, this three-year degree programme will allow you to look at areas such as drugs, cybercrime, migration, mass incarceration, terrorism, and trafficking in detail. You’ll get to consider how these areas are viewed by groups from various backgrounds and with different outlooks, including how gender, race and cultural perspectives and issues can impact opinion.
This course is particularly interesting if you’re looking to work in the criminal justice sector or associated fields. You’ll benefit from learning in various ways, giving you a well-rounded understanding of both the theory and practice of criminology. This will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of criminology and apply this to current socio-economic policies and conditions.
You will learn through a variety of group sessions, workshops, digital media and a wide range of learning resources, completing a research methods module and a dissertation or research project in your final year. In addition to your knowledge of criminology, you will gain a wide range of analytical, research, problem-solving and communication skills, which are in high demand by employers.
Foundation Year (Four years)
You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start your course. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at the degree level. You will study six modules and on successful completion progress onto any of our three-year degrees.
How to Apply
Applications for all our undergraduate courses are open.