The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sociology

Why choose this course?

The programme gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the complexities of the world we live in, particularly in relation to Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice system.

You will study a wide range of topics covering both legal and sociological issues of criminology and criminal justice including the social process of crime, the policing of society, social inequalities and the law, punishment and sentencing and the operation of the criminal courts.

The course has real practical application in contemporary society and equips students with knowledge and skills appropriate for a range of graduate roles in criminal justice agencies, including the Police Service, the National Probation service and related fields in the voluntary and public sectors.

Crime and its impact are at the forefront of current political and social debate. A degree in 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.

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

Semester 1 level 4

Semester 2 level 4

4CJ003

Thinking about Crime

20

C

4CJ002

Criminal Justice

20

4SA007

Introduction to Social Policy

20

C

4SA008

Contemporary Social Policy

20

Students must choose one of these modules

Students must choose one of these modules

4GK006

Success in HE

20

4GK006

Success in HE

20

4PO005

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

20

4SL011

Volunteering in the Community

20

4CJ005

Legal Issues in Human Rights

20

4SL010

The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance

20

4WL002

Basic Language

20

4WL002

Basic Language

20

4WL003

Elementary Language

20

4WL003

Elementary Language

20

Semester 1 level 5

Semester 2 level 5

C

5CJ002

Theories of Crime

20

C

5SL007

Doing Quantitative Research

20

C

5SA014

Families Children and the State

20

C

5SA009

Communities in Social Policy

20

Students must choose one of these modules

Students must choose one of these modules

O

5CJ006

Punishment and Society

20

O

5CJ003

Police and Society

20

O

5P0006

Contemporary Britain

20

O

5CJ009

Victims and Offenders

20

O

5SA007

Paying for Welfare

20

O

5SL008

Volunteering in Action

20

O

5SL001

Racism, Diversity and Difference in the British Context

20

O

5WL001

Basic Language

20

O

5WL001

Basic Language

20

O

5WL002

Elementary Language

20

O

5WL002

Elementary Language

20

O

5SA013

Social Science Placement

40

O

5LW022

Supervised Work Experience

40

Semester 1 level 6

Semester 2 level 6

C

6CJ006

Controlling Crime

20

C

6CJ005

Contemporary Issues In Criminology

20

C

6SA003

Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion

20

C

6SA001

Participation and Policy

20

6SA008

or

Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets

20

O

6CJ007

Criminology and Criminal Justice Project

20

O

6CJ007

Criminology and Criminal Justice Project

20

O

6SA004

or

Independent Study Project Social Policy

20

O

6SA004

or

Independent Study Project Social Policy

20

O

6SL004

or

Community Link in Sociology

20

O

6SL004

or

Community Link in Sociology

20

O

6CJ011

Serious and Organised Crime

20

O

6CJ002

Prisons and Prisoners

20

O

6SA005

Policy-Making in Britain

20

O

6WL001

Intermediate/ Advanced Language

20

O

6WL001

Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

Why Wolverhampton?

The combination of Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice, provides students with essential theoretical, methodological tools required to describe and analyse aspects of social life.

Graduates will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of crime and its consequences, both theoretical and applied.

Students have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through community-based learning programmes at each level of study.

You will be taught by skilled staff who are committed to high qualityteaching and whoare research-active. Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the latest debates in policy and practice.

What our students think

Career path

  • Graduates from this degree course are likely to be attracted to a wide range of careers in the public, statutory and voluntary sectors.
  • There are a range of options in a variety of criminal justice agencies including the police service and the National Probation Service and in related fields such as trading standards, HM Revenues and Customs, UK Border Agency and advocacy posts.
  • Not all graduates wish to work within the criminal justice system, this degree develops knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of careers from the civil service to management and social care.
  • You may go into teaching in Sociology. If you want to become a teacher you will need to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
  • You could also choose to apply for Postgraduate courses in Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, Masters degrees in the Voluntary and Public Sectors.

What skills will you gain?

A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Understand 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.
  2. Undertake research using relevant research methodologies and communicate findings appropriately.
  3. Critically understand social, political and cultural diversity in the context of Social Policy, criminological theories and the criminal justice system.
  4. Apply a critical approach to methods of inquiry and evaluation in Social Policy contexts.
  5. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy interventions
  6. Have developed knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment.

Who accredits this course?

No

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 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 321150

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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