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Criminology and Criminal Justice, BA Hons

Our degree in criminology and criminal justice is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about the causes, consequences and prevention of crime at local, national and international levels.

The degree will give you an understanding of what causes crime, what its effects are, and how it can be prevented. You'll explore the latest social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime through subjects such as security and terrorism, and the criminology of war. This course is also your chance to enter the worlds of policing, forensic psychology, and miscarriages of justice.

Our criminology graduates have taken up roles in the police, prison and security services, and the civil services.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

M312 G BA/C&CJ

Location

Greenwich Campus

Duration

3 years full-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2024/25

£9,250 /£17,000

What you should know about this course

  • This course offers great opportunities to explore this fascinating discipline in both applied and theoretical context.
  • You will explore the social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime, victimisation and deviance.
  • You will enhance your academic knowledge of key issues, including security, terrorism, gender, cybercrime and criminology of war.
  • You will learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, and the Criminal Justice System.

What you will study

Students have the opportunity to apply for selective optional modules, including one module - 'Criminology, the Community and Work Based Practice' can be taken following a competitive application process which will take place in your second year. Success depends on your application and on the availability of placements.

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About the course team

This degree course employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and seminars are dynamic and interactive. You will be taught by an experienced team of lecturers, which includes academics and practitioners with criminal justice experience. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work, and more than 90 per cent of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

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Qualifications

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points. We accept A Levels, T Levels, BTECs, Access to HE and all other qualifications with UCAS Tariff points.
  • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C and GCSE English Language/Literature at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Contextual Admissions

  • We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions Policy.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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Further information about entry

For more information, contact us at courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call us on 020 8331 9000. You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use Prior Learning?

For entry: applicants with non-traditional qualifications or appropriate professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Direct Entry: We will consider applications for direct entry to Year 2 of this degree from those currently studying on Year 1 (i.e. Level 4) of a criminology undergraduate degree at a UK/EU university (or equivalent at a recognised overseas university).

The Level 4 content of the degree must compare to that of our BA Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice degree. Applicants must also complete and pass, at their first attempt, 120 CATS credits at Level 4 with an overall grade in the upper-second class (i.e. 60% or above).

Please note that we do not take any direct entrants into Year 3 of any of our criminology degrees.

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 100-110. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 20 hours per week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, watching and analysing relevant films and documentaries, and preparing for tests and exams. You can use Stockwell Street library and online resources to support you in these activities.

In addition, during the week you can also:

  • Attend additional support classes in some modules
  • Attend guest lectures from industry experts
  • Take part in employability and enterprise workshops
  • Join student societies.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively.

If you receive 72 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 228 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 N/A N/A
International £17,000 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Trips: The cost is activity dependant. Some may be free, while others may require a contribution. For the Level 6 module, 'Crime in the City, Crime and the State', trips might form part of the timetabled session. These are either free or heavily subsidised by the university. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from Stockwell Street Library and/or Moodle, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Travel: For the Level 6 module, 'Criminology, the Community and Work-Based Practice', you face an added cost of attending your placement one day per week.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will have the option to select a module for which you will be required to undertake a short-term placement. The placement will help you to transfer the skills learnt in the classroom to real life issues. Many placements are found through our existing network of industry contacts and alumni, and students are supported in securing these.

How long is my placement?

Placements are normally one day a week for either one or two terms depending on the number of credits available from the module.

What are the financial arrangements?

Placements are usually unpaid.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This degree sets graduates up for a wide range of professions. Many students go into human services (including the police and prison, probation and security services, youth offending services, or drug and alcohol counselling) as well as the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration, and HM Revenue & Customs.

Alternative career paths include social work, child protection, mental health, journalism, civil service, local government, and in NGOs and charities.

The BA (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice helps you develop skills in problem-solving, research and communication, providing a solid foundation for other occupations in the public and private sectors.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. In addition, your School has a dedicated Employability Officer who will be organising work-related activities throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.

More about careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.