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BSc (Hons) Criminology provides you with an understanding of the causes of crime and victimisation. You will make sense of how society responds to crime and criminal 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 allows you to tailor your study to suit your interests and graduate with the knowledge and skills you need for a fulfilling career. You can explore specialist pathways including: 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 a criminology setting. From this, you will gain valuable work experience. As part of the ‘applied’ pathway, you will also have the opportunity to visit the criminal courts and prisons, as well as hear from practitioners. You can also take advantage of a number of volunteering opportunities in relevant work organisations.
This course provides an excellent foundation for a career in a number of criminal justice agencies, including the police, probation or prison services.
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.
The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
Our typical offer is 104 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
You also need three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
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.
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.