Criminology and Criminal Justice BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
M930
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Overview

Have you got an interest in what makes a criminal and how we should respond to crime in society?

Criminology goes hand-in-hand with criminal justice. You can study both of these subjects on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree course. You'll learn about key issues in criminal justice, such as the sentencing of offenders or the reputation and responsibilities of police forces, while you develop your understanding of the bodies involved in law enforcement, government, the court system and international agencies.

This course is ideal prep for a career working in police, probation, the prison service, community safety, and third sector roles such as victim support. You'll also set yourself up to do further research into crime prevention and criminology or continue your studies at postgraduate level.

97% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this Criminology and Criminal Justice degree course, you'll:

  • Examine different perspectives on crime
  • Join in lively debates in one of the country’s largest criminology departments and contribute ideas on how we should respond to crime as a society
  • Tailor your studies by choosing the topics that interest you most – topics you can choose include new approaches to policing, contemporary terrorism, hate crime, victimology and wildlife crime
  • Learn from criminology, probation and policing experts
  • Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

You can also:

  • Spend a year abroad, studying with an international partner university
  • Learn a new language and get credits towards your degree

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree?

When you complete this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to work in the police, probation and prison services in areas such as:

  • community safety
  • crime prevention
  • youth offending teams
  • the Home Office
  • fraud investigation
  • criminological research

What jobs can you do with a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree?

Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:

  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • emergency planning officer
  • offender case administrator

You could also continue your studies by doing a postgraduate course.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditation

By choosing certain optional units on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.

I chose to study here as the Institute of Criminal Justice has a high reputation and provided the best learning experience for me.

Sian Rowe, BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice student

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules currently include:

  • Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists
  • Psychology for Criminologists
  • Understanding Criminology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules currently include:

  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Researching Criminology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Community Justice
  • Crime and the Media
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Foundation of Economic Crime
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Law and Legal Skills
  • Learning from Experience
  • Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
  • Penology and Prison
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Policing a Diverse Society
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

 

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules currently include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Contemporary Criminologies

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Gender and Crime
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience
  • Management of Criminal Investigations
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Murder Investigation, Key Challenges
  • Political Extremism
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • a dissertation or major project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% by coursework
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    Placement year

    After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

    Previous students have done placements at organisations such as:

    • Aurora New Dawn
    • Why Me?
    • Answers Investigation

    You can also spend this year studying overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, south Asia and North America.

    We’ll help you secure a work or study placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

    Work experience and career planning

    To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

    We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

    This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

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    Teaching

    Teaching methods on this course include:

    • lectures
    • seminars
    • tutorials
    • group discussions
    • practical workshops

    You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

    How you'll spend your time

    One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

    At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

    We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Criminology and Criminal Justice degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

    Term times

    The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

    • September to December – teaching block 1
    • January – assessment period 1
    • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
    • May to June – assessment period 2
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    An 'ask me anything' session with BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Course Leader, Fiona Wadie.

    Watch this video for answers to questions such as 'What sort of job could I get after studying this subject?' and 'After graduation, is it possible to work internationally?'

    Extra learning support

    One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

    At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

    Personal tutor

    Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

    As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

    Learning Development Tutors

    You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

    They can help with:

    • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
    • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
    • understanding and using assignment feedback
    • managing your time and workload
    • revision and exam techniques

    Academic skills support

    As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

    ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

    • academic writing
    • note taking
    • time management
    • critical thinking
    • presentation skills
    • referencing
    • working in groups
    • revision, memory and exam techniques

    If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

    Library support

    Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

    The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

    Support with English

    If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

    Since graduating from this course, I've worked for Surrey Police, the Metropolitan Police and Hampshire Police, and now I'm training as a detective. Having visited a number of other universities, it's clear that Portsmouth is committed to leading the way in Criminology.

    Paul Sammons , BSc Hons Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies student

    Entry requirements​

    BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree entry requirements

    Qualifications or experience
    • 96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

    See the other qualifications we accept

    English language requirements
    • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    See alternative English language qualifications

    Qualifications or experience
    • 96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

    See the other qualifications we accept

    English language requirements
    • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    See alternative English language qualifications

    ​Course costs

    Tuition fees (2019 start)

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

    Additional course costs

    These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

    Additional costs

    Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

    You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

    You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

    We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

    If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

    You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.

    Apply

    How to apply

    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – M930
    • our institution code – P80

    Not quite ready to apply?

    Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

    In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    When you apply, you'll need:

    • the UCAS course code – M930
    • our institution code – P80

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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