BA (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice

Course details

  • UCAS CodeM240
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT) 6 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
Criminology lecturer walking with a student carrying criminology textbooks

Course Highlights

1st in the UK

for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)*

1st in the UK

for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*

1st in Wales

overall in the Criminology subject league tables (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

Why choose this course?

Our programme tackles a fascinating array of questions from why people commit crime and how it affects society, to historical landmarks in the justice system and high-profile cases which had a ground-breaking impact on the legal arena.

Students will:

  • Study criminology from a range of perspectives including social, political and psychological, focusing on modern methods of policing, development of policy and the workings of magistrates and crown courts.
  • Examine criminal law and the role and work of the agencies that make up a modern criminal justice system.
  • Take part in site visits.
  • Have a variety of voluntary work opportunities.
  • Learn from visiting lecturers such as judges, police, probation and youth justice staff.
  • *Study a course which is part of a subject area rated first in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
  • *Study a course which is part of the Sociology CAH3 subject group rated 2nd out of UK universities for teaching in the National Student Survey 2021. It was also rated 1st out of Welsh universities for learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning community, student voice, students' union and overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.
  • Leave ready to enter a wide range of sectors including youth justice, probation, prison, the police and voluntary organisations.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales overall in the Criminology subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022. In the same league tables, the subject area was also rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching, 1st in the UK for satisfaction with the course, and 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment.
  • *Study a course that is rated 1st in the UK for teaching quality and 1st in Wales for student experience in the Criminology subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Crime scene tape with police car in background

Take part in our annualreal-time training exercise

A high-profile Crime Scene Day learning simulation is held each year, with students from a range of courses acting out, witnessing, investigating and reporting on a high-profile crime on campus.

Key course features

  • You will have the opportunity to become involved with the active Criminology Society.
  • The lecturers in this area have wide and ongoing experience of working in the criminal justice sector and are research active in the areas of youth justice, prisons, homelessness, terrorism, and substance misuse.
  • Good links with all criminal justice agencies and employers such as police, probation trusts, prisons, magistrates courts and the youth justice service.
  • Innovative and flexible teaching methods are used with part of the course being delivered online.
  • Face to face lectures take place two days a week.
  • Staff are experienced practitioners and academics who bring issues to life through case studies.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated first in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
  • *Study a course that is part of the Sociology CAH3 subject group rated 2nd out of UK universities for teaching in the National Student Survey 2021. It was also rated 1st out of Welsh universities for learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning community, student voice, students' union and overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales overall in the Criminology subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022. In the same league tables, the subject area was also rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching, 1st in the UK for satisfaction with the course, and 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment.
  • *This course is rated 1st in the UK for teaching quality and 1st in Wales for student experience in the Criminology subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

The first year provides an introduction to practice matters relating to working in the community justice system and understanding and engaging with offending behaviour. The range of modules explored in year one provide knowledge and understanding of the causes of crime at a societal and individual level and explores the work of the agencies that make up the criminal justice system.

MODULES

Core

  • Studying in Higher Education: To support students for learning and on-going personal and professional development in higher education
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice: This module will give the student an underpinning knowledge of criminal justice and law. It will focus on key concepts such as the definition of crime and the philosophy of sentencing.
  • Signal Crimes and Criminals: By the end of the module students will have been introduced to key turning points and debates associated with the practice of criminal justice.

Optional

  • Drugs, Alcohol and Crime: To consider the range and extent of drugs that are used and appreciate the social context of their use. It will introduce students to the social construction of the 'drugs problem'.
  • Crime, Society and Social Policy: This module examines crime within a social context, for example, housing, education and health.
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology: To familiarise students with the main concerns for Forensic Psychology.
  • Attachment and Crime: This module applies attachment theory to understand problematic developmental prospects within forensic populations. The focus on attachment theory presents an approach that seeks to understand the influence of relationships on personality and social development. The module interrogates attachment theory research approaches that investigate adverse experiences most likely to lead to poor social functioning and criminal behaviour.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

The second-year is designed to build directly on the skills and knowledge acquired by students during year one. Students study criminal law and in traditional lecturers and field trips where possible e.g. to prison and court, students learn about advanced issues in effective practice with particular types of offenders. Criminological and research theory is explored to begin the process of developing students’ abilities to think theoretically and critically about the practice of criminal justice.

MODULES

Core

  • Research Methods: Gain an understanding and critical appreciation of the nature and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in relation to issues of crime, victimisation, and responses to crime and deviance.
  • Crime and Criminal Behaviour: To provide students with critical knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary crimes and criminal behaviours committed within contemporary society.
  • Social Difference and Inequality: Students will develop a critical understanding of the relationship of social class, gender, race, age, ethnicity, language and other salient aspects of diversity in relation to crime victimisation and responses to these phenomena.

Optional

  • Work-based learning: This module will give students an insight and direct experience of professional criminal justice practice and will aim to prepare students for working within professional contexts.
  • Working in Custodial and Community Settings with people who have offended: This module will enable students to learn about and practice the skills which are essential to working with offenders effectively and reducing the risk of re-offending.
  • Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process: This provides students with an understanding of the nature and context of law, primarily focusing on criminal law. This will include the examination of the criminal justice Process including - courts and hearings for adults and young people, the theory and practice of sentencing, prison and community-based penalties, and the place of human rights in these processes.

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

In the final year, modules develop student’s abilities to apply theoretical and critical perspectives to criminal justice processes and practice. Some degree of choice is also offered in relation to modules options. The socio-political nature of criminal justice policy-making is explored and a critical lens is brought to bear on the criminal justice system.

Students may then chose to explore how guilt and innocence might be negotiated in police and courtroom, the contribution forensic psychology might make to understanding crime, youth justice or multi-agency criminal justice response to crime. Students also complete their own research project, exploring an area of interest to themselves under the supervision of one of the experienced criminology lecturers in the department.

MODULES

Core

  • Research Project: Produce an independent research project based upon primary data. Argue a thesis based upon a comprehensive understanding of criminology theory, good research practice and criminal justice policy. Synthesise knowledge and understandings gained throughout their criminology programme of undergraduate study.
  • Control, Justice and Punishment: A critical evaluation of the social and historical development of justice, sentencing and punishment and social control.

Optional

  • Multi-Agency Working: The study of criminal justice agencies that comprise the criminal justice system in England and Wales, critically analysing their contribution to the management of crime and the protection of the public.
  • Youth Justice: Critically examine the meanings attached to childhood, youth and crime and the provision made for children and young people who offend.
  • Terrorism: To explore the contemporary social construction of terrorism and the implications for society.
  • Policing Contemporary Communities: This module aims to explore the evolving nature of policing and contemporary issues in policing society.
  • Constructing Guilt and Innocence: The aim of this module is to study the legal and social constructions of guilt and innocence; To explore the problematic nature of “facts” and “truth” in constructions of guilt and innocence; To study the construction of guilt and innocence by different types of actor: accusers, accused, adjudicators, the media, researchers, and the public and to study a selection of cases which have gone to criminal trial.

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB) may be required for placement activity on optional Work-Based Learning module.

Teaching & Assessment

There is a variety of assessment methods for this course, including essays, presentations, case studies and examinations. In Year 3 you will be required to do a research project on a topic of your interest.

Innovative and flexible teaching methods are used with part of the course being delivered online. Face to face lectures take place two days a week. Students are encouraged to participate in site visits, which in the past have included visits to a crown court and a prison.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

There is an excellent range of career opportunities in the field of criminal and community justice. Graduates have progressed to careers in the police and probation services, victim support, the prison service, the youth offending service and drug and alcohol agencies, as well as jobs within the voluntary sector.

Our degree may also enable you to progress on to a law conversion course should you wish to do so or follow a completely different career path. 

If you are interested in postgraduate studies, you may wish to progress onto the MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

criminology students in corridor

Studying Criminologyat WGU

“I chose to study here because the lecturers I met on the open day were amazing - probably the best I've ever met! I felt treated as a student more than a number when I was talking to them.”

Louis Lambert-Ward, Criminology and Criminal Justice student