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BA(Hons)

Criminology

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2020/21
Course code:
M900
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Jane Nolan
Key fact:
Explore crime from multiple angles, and arm yourself with the specialist knowledge and skills that will get you noticed by employers when you graduate.

Page last updated 7 October 2019

Introduction

Why study criminology?

To tackle crime, we need to understand it why it happens, what people feel about it, and how it impacts on individuals and society.

Exploring these issues from different angles is an essential part of discovering more effective deterrents and better forms of rehabilitation.

Studying this subject will give you the knowledge and skills to play your part in that work whether you choose to move into the criminal justice system itself or a related field.

Why study at UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Criminology teaches you about crime and the criminal justice system, drawing on sociology, law, psychology and philosophy, and applying theories, knowledge and research to real, contemporary issues.

Work with inspirational practitioners and researchers to explore the different perspectives of victims, offenders, the criminal justice system and the cultural forces at play.

Learn how to think critically, write reports, interpret data, formulate arguments, and make ethical judgements.

You'll carry out your own research, hear from guest speakers, and take part in work-based learning through our links with organisations such as the Bristol Young Offenders Scheme, the Institute of Psychotherapy and the police.

Activities such as volunteering, placements and internships will deepen your professional skills and knowledge further, to make you highly sought after when you graduate.

Where can it take me?

Criminology studies society in all its forms so it's the ideal platform for many careers.

You could work in government, the police and prison services, the court services, the NHS, educational institutions or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working with young offenders or victims of crime.

You could also go into social welfare or the private sector, working in private security or law.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Understanding Crime
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Issues and Social Problems
  • Researching Crime and Society.

Study exchange (if applicable) 

If you choose the study exchange option, you'll spend the first and/or second semester of Year two studying at another university.  

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information. 

Year two

You will study:

  • Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology
  • Criminology in Action: Engaging in the Real World
  • Nature and Use of Research (Criminology).

Plus, optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Angels and Demons: Understanding and Managing Youth Offending
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Prisons
  • Crime, Youth Justice
  • 'Difference': Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Contemporary Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing. 

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • International Crime and Criminology
  • Criminology Project or Criminology Placement.

Plus, up to two optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):

  • Victims and Victimology
  • Terrorism
  • Punishment and Human Rights
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Hate Crime: Offending, Victimisation and Policing
  • Gender, Sex and Control.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through a balanced mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, media presentations, project work and reflective diaries.

Work with experienced and enthusiastic academics who are leaders in their fields and who incorporate their research into their teaching to give you access to the latest ideas.

Attend regular presentations from visiting practitioners and guest lecturers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Carry out your own criminological research, focusing on real-world issues that link into your career plans.

You'll learn how to think critically, interpret data and evaluate evidence, as well as developing skills in report writing, argumentation and making balanced judgements.

We offer modules that differ in learning approach, so you can choose those that match your style.

Your tutors will be on hand to support you, and you'll have your own personal academic tutor, as a mentor and guide.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
129%71%0%
224%73%3%
320%80%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Community and public projects

Benefit from our close links with local schools, to take part in education-focused projects, apply your knowledge and engage with the local community.

Get involved in our Social Science in the City series of events, which engage the public in research and ideas being pursued across the University.

Teaching

Studying criminology at UWE Bristol provides you with the opportunity of engaging with some of the leading scholars in their fields. Teaching is carried out by a team of experienced, enthusiastic and supportive lecturers dedicated to translating aspects of their research into their teaching.

Study time

During your degree, you'll have at least 12 hours of teaching and related activities each week.

Assessment

We'll assess your academic and practical skills using essays, seminar presentations, projects, literature reviews, and 'unseen' and 'seen' examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
150%50%0%
225%57%18%
337%63%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Placements

Students who undertake work experience, or a study exchange overseas, tend to graduate with better degrees and with improved employability skills, making you a sought after graduate.

We have links with lots of organisations. You could work with organisations including Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council or Victim Support. We also have strong links with the Bristol Young Offenders Scheme and Bristol Youth Education Service.

We also offer volunteering and other work-based experiences, to deepen your knowledge and skills.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study exchange

Grow your personal and professional network and develop specialist subject knowledge by spending a semester or academic year at one of our partner universities abroad.

Increase your confidence, intercultural communication skills and boost your employability.

Explore our study abroad pages to find out more.

Study facilities

Learn in our modern, well-equipped department facilities, including our University library, open 24 hours a day, which has spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You'll have use of books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This course provides the ideal platform for many careers. Employers will value you for your strong research, IT and communication skills, your ability to think critically, and your in-depth understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes.

Students go into careers in research, education, social work, counselling, charity work, healthcare, prison and court services, the police and the legal sector.

You could also go on to postgraduate study or a research degree

Read about how Jack's experience set him up for a graduate role with the Ministry of Justice.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year482

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: no specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Criminology (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our pre-sessional English programme.


Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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