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Criminology (Extended), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Explore the social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime, victimisation and deviance and cover current concerns within the discipline
  • Cover key trans-national issues, including security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war
  • Designed to enhance your academic knowledge, develop your key skills and provide transferable skills to aid your future employment
  • Opportunity to apply for two placement-based courses.



Why study this programme?

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this extended degree may be for you. This new four-year degree programme (the first student intake was in September 2016) includes a foundation year.

The BA Hons Criminology (Extended) programme's foundation year is designed to give you:

  • An introduction to criminology
  • An introduction to social sciences
  • Improved communication skills
  • Academic writing skills.

After successful completion of the foundation year you will go on - over the remaining three years of the BA Hons Criminology (Extended) programme - to explore key transnational issues including security, terrorism, cyber-crime and the criminology of war. You will learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, criminal profiling and the criminal justice system in the UK. Then your learning will progress on to how to carry out research on crime and criminals, which equips you for a final-year dissertation research project on a criminological topic of your choice.

The programme is designed to enhance your academic knowledge, develop your academic skills and provide transferable skills to aid future employment. You will be encouraged to volunteer with various criminal justice agencies during your studies.

We currently offer two placement-based modules that you might decide to study; one based at a prison (which runs in the third year of this Extended programme) and a work placement (which runs in the final year, i.e. the fourth year, of this Extended programme). If you are selected for the prison course, you will study criminology alongside people currently serving sentences at the prison. If you are selected for the work placement, you will work in an agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the criminal justice system. Students selected for the work placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year.

In addition to the four compulsory courses in the foundation year, you will study either: Study Skills AND Academic Writing OR English for Academic Purposes 1 AND English for Academic Purposes 2.

The decision as to which pair of courses (i.e. Study Skills and Academic Writing OR English for Academic Purposes 1 & 2) will be studied by a student will be made by the university and will depend on a student's educational/academic background (please see the Entry Requirements section below).

Years 2, 3 and 4

For details of the course structure of Years 2 to 4 of this Extended programme, please refer to the course structure for Years 1 to 3 of the three-year, full-time BA Hons Criminology programme that begins 12 months after this Extended programme starts. (Please note that after successful completion of the foundation year, Extended students will remain on the BA Hons Criminology (Extended) programme for the entire duration, i.e. a further three years.)

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For entry in September 2018:

Applicants from a UK educational background should have:

A minimum of 80 UCAS points, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade). We will NOT accept other UK qualifications in place of GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths.

The 80 UCAS points might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐Level background in relevant subjects (please note that A-Level General Studies is not accepted)
  • Applications from those with an AS‐Level background in relevant subjects (please note that AS-Level General Studies is not accepted)
  • Other qualifications (in relevant subjects) which will be considered on application 

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full-time education (with qualification results being equivalent to a minimum of 80 UCAS points (for information on this, please contact our International Office - see below)), a demonstrable competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE Grade C) and a demonstrable English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above (with no component below 5.5). Applicants requiring a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK must hold a UK Visas and Immigration UKVI approved IELTS.
  • Successful applicants who have no IELTS skill less than 5.5 but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall will take the following two courses which are designed to support them: English for Academic Purposes 1, English for Academic Purposes 2.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background who require more information on entry requirements should contact our International Office ( / +44 (0)20 8331 8136).

In addition, for ALL applicants:

  • Applicants will normally be a minimum of 17 years of age (in exceptional circumstances applicants under the age of 17 may be considered).
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes which may include an interview with a member of the teaching staff.
  • Any applicant may be invited to interview.
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information


In your first year on the BA Hons Criminology (Extended) degree programme, you will be taught - on the element of the degree programme delivered by the School of Law (i.e. the 30-credit 'Introduction to Criminology' course/module) - through lectures and seminars and you will participate in group work and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor. You will be assessed predominantly by essays and portfolios. For years 2 to 4 of the Extended degree you will be assessed in the same way as for the three-year, full-time, BA Hons Criminology degree programme.


Potential career paths for graduates include the police and prison and security services, the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration and HM Revenue & Customs. Alternative career paths may include social work, child protection, mental health, community safety and crime reduction, and working for the Youth Justice Board.

In addition, the programme provides a good foundation for other occupations in both the public and private sectors.

To ensure we deliver the best learning experience for our students, the structure and delivery of courses may change to reflect knowledge and industry standards. Course options illustrated here may not be available to all students and may not run every year.

If you would like more information on this programme, please contact us at

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