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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.

Course modules, such as security and terrorism, and the criminology of war, help you to explore the current social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime. You will also learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology and miscarriages of justice. During your study, you can also apply for a placement to put your learning into practice.

Popular careers for our criminology graduates include roles in the police, working for the prison and security services, and the Home Office.

UCAS points

120 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

M312 G BA/C&CJ

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject that you can access with lower entry requirements.

Department

Law

Duration

3 years full-time

Start month

September

UK/international fees

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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, cybercrime and criminology of war.
  • You will learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, and the UK Criminal Justice System.
  • Optional modules include one where students study in a prison alongside serving prisoners and another which is a placement with an agency that is part of / complementary to the Criminal Justice System.

Criminology and Criminal Justice, BA Hons


Want to find out what studying Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Dr Alexandra Fanghanel.

What you will study

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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

If you are

For entry, you will require:

  • 120 UCAS points, including 3 A-levels at grades BBC or above.
  • A-level students should have at least 104 points from A2 A-levels.
  • GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 

General Studies is not usually accepted.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Additional Vocational Certificate of Education 
  • Scottish and Irish Highers.

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.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students.

You may be invited for an interview.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

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.

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject with lower entry requirements. Our extended degrees include a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

How you will learn

Teaching

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

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars 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. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective 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

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, 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.

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.

2019/2020 fees

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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 just over £100 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.

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

Financial support

Other costs

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 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. If you take the dissertation module, you pay for the printing and binding of two copies.

Travel: For the Level 5 module, 'Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice', we provide your transport. 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 can choose to apply for a 30-credit work placement in your final year alongside your other modules.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 150 hours in total.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are 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?

There may be work experience opportunities, but students are encouraged to source relevant work experience wherever possible, including internships. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though we will support you through the application process.

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.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in the industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

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.

Accommodation information

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