The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Criminology and Criminal Justice with Sandwich Placement

Why choose this course?

Criminology and Criminal Justice is the study of what crime is, why people commit crime and what happens when they do.

During your degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Wolverhampton, you will study all the main areas of the subject – including the police, prisons and theories of crime - and have the opportunity to choose cutting edge research-focused specialist modules that particularly interest you, for example, serious and organised crime, prostitution, terrorism, victimology or youth justice.

You will be taught by lecturers who are actively researching in their fields together with those working in the criminal justice system (such as the police and magistrates), and have opportunities to go on relevant trips in the UK and abroad, including prisons and courts.

Your degree is focused upon building your employability and transferable skills, and as part of that, completion of your modules will enable you to receive the University of Wolverhampton Employability and Enterprise Award at Silver Level. You will have the opportunity to undertake voluntary work modules as part of your degree at every level; the option of taking a sandwich year or a summer placement in the UK or abroad to gain further work experience; and you will also undertake a research project on an area of your choice which particularly interests you, or that you may wish to work in after graduation.

What happens on the course?

Sandwich Year

You will have the oppurtunity to undertake a 40 credit placement at Level 5 of study.

5LW022 Supervised Work Experience (40 Credits)

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. We will help you achieve the very best work that you can throughout the rich, fascinating and varied subject matter that our degree offers; and to gain as many wide-ranging transferable skills and practical work experience as possible to enhance your future prospects.

Career path

Students who graduate with a BA Criminology and Criminal Justice degree will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of crime and its consequences, both theoretical and applied. Subject specific skills and work experience are 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, critical analysis, research and problem-solving skills, written and verbal communication skills, organisational and time management skills, independent working and team work.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in a variety of careers, including the Police, Probation and prisons; others are employed in related fields such as youth work, 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 in order to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. This course also 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:

  1. Knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment and specifically to employment within the criminal justice system and related areas.
  2. 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.
  3. A critical and reflective approach to criminological theory and the practices of the criminal justice system.
  4. A broad range of transferable skills, both personal and academic, enabling you to maximise graduate employment opportunities.
  5. The ability to undertake research using relevant research methodologies and communicate findings appropriately.
  6. Critical awareness of social, political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels grades of BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF 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.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • 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

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000

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 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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

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