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Do you want to think differently about the world you live in; gain experience in relevant organisations; and graduate equipped to help change society for the better? Studying BSc (Hons) Criminology will help you achieve this.
The course provides you with an understanding of the causes of crime and victimisation. You will also make sense of behaviour by studying the criminal justice system and punishment. You will begin to understand how characteristics such as race, gender, age and social class relate to individuals' experiences of crime, victimisation and justice.
This course provides an excellent foundation for a career in a number of criminal justice agencies, including the police, probation or prison services.
You will be able to develop specialities in criminology in the areas which most interests you and graduate with the knowledge and skills you need for a fulfilling career. These specialist pathways include: policing, surveillance and crime prevention; inequality, diversity and gender-based violence; psychology, mental health and offending; race, racism and criminal justice; and young people, crime and justice.
The additional pathway of 'applied criminology' allows you to undertake a placement in criminology. From this, you will gain valuable work experience. Furthermore, as part of the 'applied' pathway, you will have the opportunity to visit a criminal court or prison, as well as hear from practitioners. Finally, you are able to take advantage of ample volunteering opportunities offered to you, in relevant work organisations.
This course is taught via lectures, seminars, group work, computer-based learning, and independent study.
Your progress will be assessed with written coursework, research projects, presentations, and exams. Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.
If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. all modules are taught during the day, and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Many BSc (Hons) Criminology graduates develop careers in the police, probation and prison services, youth justice agencies, and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.
Graduates have also gone on to work at the civil service, local and central government, voluntary sector, and policy/research institutions.
From 2020, all new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level.
You can choose to incorporate an 84-hour work placement in your degree. This is an excellent way to gain real-world experience, and can help you decide which career path to take.
We have links with a number of organisations which offer placements and voluntary work opportunities, including Northumbria Police, the Probation Service, HM Prison Service, youth offender teams, community rehabilitation companies, criminal courts, and victim support agencies.
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