The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Criminology and Criminal Justice

Why choose this course?

Criminology and Criminal Justice is the study of how crime is defined, why some people commit crime and what happens when they do. It is also the study of the police, the courts and penal system, as well as the study of the prevention and deterrence of criminal behaviour. Crime and its impact are at the forefront of current political and social debate and a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice will enable you to explore the reality behind the newspaper headlines and examine a topic which is relevant and has real, practical application in contemporary society.

During your course you will study criminological theories and gain an understanding of the policies and practices within the criminal justice system in England and Wales. You will study a wide range of topics covering the legal and sociological issues of criminology and criminal justice including; the operation of the criminal courts, punishment and sentencing, the policing of society, and social inequalities and the law. You have the opportunity to undertake a research project on behalf of a relevant statutory or voluntary agency or you can undertake a piece of individual research on an area of criminology or criminal justice that particularly interests you.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces you to Criminal Justice, thinking about Crime and Research Methods. You will explore the relationship between Law and Society and examine how official knowledge about Crime, Punishment and Victimisation is constructed. Modules in Study Skills and Volunteering in the Community are also offered.

Year 2 gives you a deeper understanding of the Theories of Crime, Punishment, Sentencing and Inequality. You will explore the role of police and society and the history of the modern police force in the Criminal Justice System. You will also analyse principles of Criminal Liability through the examination of particular offences.

Year 3 investigates Contemporary Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (including issues in illegal drug policy and sex crime), how crime is controlled/prevented, Terrorism and State Crime; looking at both the UK and global perspectives. An independently researched project will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge further, or you may opt to undertake a work placement for an organisation within the sector.

Semester 1 level 4

Semester 2 level 4

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

C

4CJ005

Legal Issues and Human Rights

20

C

4CJ002

Criminal Justice

20

C

4CJ003

Thinking about Crime

20

C

4SL010

The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance

20

O

4GK006

4GK005

4WL002

4WL003

Students must choose one of these modules

Success in HE

Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950

Basic Language

Elementary Language

20

O

4SA008

4GK004

4SL002

4WL002

4WL003

Students must choose one of these modules

Contemporary Social Policy

Volunteering in the Community

Introduction to Sociological Research

Basic Language

Elementary Language

20

Semester 1 level 5

Semester 2 level 5

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

C

5LW002

Criminal Law

20

C

5SL007

Doing Quantitative Research

20

C

5CJ002

Theories of Crime

20

C

5CJ003

Police and Society

20

O

5CJ006

5SL001

5LW002

5GK015

5WL001

5WL002

Punishment and Society

Racism, Diversity & Difference in the British Context

Criminal Law

Contemporary Britain

Basic Language

Elementary Language

20

O

5CJ009

5PH001

5SA009

5WL001

5WL002

Victims and Offenders

Law, Morality and Society

Communities in Social Policy

Basic Language

Elementary Language

O

5LW022

Supervised Work Experience

40

Semester 1 level 6

Semester 2 level 6

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option


Module code

Module title

Credits

C

6CJ006

Controlling Crime

20

C

6CJ005

Contemporary Issues In Criminology

20

O

6CJ007

6GK008

Criminology and Criminal Justice Independent Study

Or

Business and Community Link in Law

20

O

6CJ007

6GK008

Criminology and Criminal Justice Independent Study

Business and Community Link

20

O

6CJ004

6CJ011

6SA005

6WL001

Take two modules if don’t do project in

sem 1

Counter Terrorism Law, Policy and Practice

Serious and Organised Crime

Policy Making in Britain

Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

O

6CJ002

6SA001

6WL001

If take project in sem 2 take 1 module here

Prisons and Prisoners

Participation and Policy

Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

Why Wolverhampton?

We pride ourselves on our supportive culture, with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care together with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree.

Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice and our work placement modules at each level will help you develop the practical skills you need for your career.

What our students think

“The work placement experience summed up everything I had learned throughout my time at the University of Wolverhampton. It was the best thing I did!”

Career path

Students who graduate with a BA Criminology and Criminal Justice course will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of crime and its consequences, both theoretical and applied. Subject specific skills, such as knowledge of the social processes of crime and the criminal justice system, will be complemented by the type of transferable key skills that are highly valued by employers in the graduate job market. These include the ability to present and develop a cohesive argument, IT skills, research and problem-solving skills, communication skills and working as part of a team.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in a variety of Criminal Justice agencies including the Police Service and the National Probation Service. Others are employed in related fields such as Trading Standards, HM Revenue and Customs, UK Border Agency and Social Work. Students who have particularly enjoyed the Law modules may consider undertaking the LLM Common Professional Examination.

This course provides the academic background and scholarship sufficient for postgraduate study at Masters and Doctoral level.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment and specifically to employment within the criminal justice system and related areas
  • Understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to crime, responses to crime and the practices of the criminal justice system
  • A critical and reflective approach to criminological theory and the practices of the criminal justice system
  • A broad range of transferable skills, both personal and academic, enabling you to maximise graduate employment opportunities
  • The ability to undertake research using relevant research methodologies and communicate findings appropriately
  • Critical awareness of social, political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system
  • Be able to apply knowledge to social problems and demonstrate ability to tailor proposed solutions to continuing debates on criminological issues.


Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC National Diploma grade DD
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

You will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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Telephone

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Email

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