The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Criminology and Criminal Justice and Social Policy

Why choose this course?

Crime and its impact are at the forefront of current political and social debate. A degree in Criminology Social Policy and Criminal Justice enables you to explore the reality behind the newpaper headlines on crime and examine a topic which is relevant, topical and has real, practical application in contemporary society. You will study a wide range of topics covering the legal and sociological issues of criminology and criminal justice and the associated policy responses. The course equips students with knowledge and skills appropriate for a range of graduate roles in the statutory, voluntary and commercial sector.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social and political issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas

Further information on Criminology and Criminal Justics and Social Policy.

What happens on the course?

During Year 1 you will benefit from introductory modules including criminal justice and thinking about crime. Alongside this you will explore the development of the post war welfare state and the underpinning social policy theories of fairness, equity and social justice. You will also have the opportunity to explore the relationship between the citizen and the state. There is also an opportunity to gain academic credits through a volunteering placement which can provide valuable links with the world of work.

Year 2 looks at policy responses to social issues such as poverty, social exclusion, crime, ill health and social care and how these are linked to the economy. You will gain a deeper understanding of the theories of crime, punishment, sentencing and inequality and the history of policing and the criminal justice system. Year 2 also provides opportunities to develop research skills essential to year 3 study.

Year 3 modules will explore contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice, terrorism and state crime, controlling and preventing crime; looking at the UK and global perspectives. It also focuses on the application of theory and practice in social policy, looking at the way that welfare is managed and the joined up nature of policy implementation. Students will have the opportunity to work with an academic supervisor on a project tailored to your own interest or in a research project in a community based organisation

Why Wolverhampton?

Practical Experience: An opportunity at each level of the course to undertake a placement module which will provide invaluable practical experience.

Pastoral support: We pride ourselves in our supportive culture with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care and support together with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree.
Research-led: Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Social Policy:

"Three areas stand out. First, the enthusiasm and commitment of the course team is very impressive and one gets the feel of a student body that receives significant support. Second, the courses continue to have a strong contemporary orientation, with policy developments reflected quickly in course material. Third, the use of case study type assessment was particularly impressive".

What our students think

“Studying Social policy is an opportunity to understand and make more of the world around you. You get the opportunity to understand the difference that you can make within your community, the effect that you can have on policy and changes that you can influence on a larger scale.” Hayley Social Policy and Law graduate 2011

Career path

Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Policy graduates are attracted to a wide range of careers, mostly in the public and not-for-profit/non-governmental agency sector. Recent graduates are working 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. For those wishing to pursue careers outside the criminal justice system this integrated degree develops skills which are appropriate to a range of careers from the civil service to various management roles. All courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Master's and Doctoral level.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Social Policy:

"The assessment strategy and methods of assessment continue to be impressive and effectively address the learning outcomes of courses. Forms of assessment are suitably varied and in particular, I feel that the 'case study' type work is helpful - this allows students to explore an aspect of their own experience of work in the context of policy theory".

What skills will you gain?

  • 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.
  • 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 Social Policy, criminological theories and the criminal justice system.
  • Apply a critical approach to methods of inquiry and evaluation in Social Policy contexts.
  • Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy interventions

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • 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
  • 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 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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