The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Criminology and Criminal Justice with Foundation Year

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.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance (20 Credits)

4CJ003 Thinking about Crime (20 Credits)

4CJ002 Criminal Justice 20 SEM2 Core (20 Credits)

4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4CJ006 Victimology or 4CJ005 Legal Issues and Human Rights (20 Credits)

4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4CJ006 Victimology or 4CJ005 Legal Issues and Human Rights (20 Credits)

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

Year 3

5LW002 Criminal Law (20 Credits)

5CJ002 Theories of Crime (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

5CJ003 Police and Society (20 Credits)

5CJ006 Punishment and Society or 5SL001 Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain (20 Credits)

5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5PH001 Law, Morality and Society or 5CJ009 Victims and Offenders or 5SA009 Communities in Social Policy or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action (20 Credits)

Year 4

6SL012 Qualitative Research Methods (20 Credits)

6CJ004 Counter-Terrorism: Law, Policy and Practice or 6CJ011 Serious and Organised Crime or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6CJ004 Counter-Terrorism: Law, Policy and Practice or 6CJ011 Serious and Organised Crime or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6CJ002 Prisons and Prisoners or 6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6CJ005 Contemporary Issues in Criminology or 6CJ014 Youth Crime and Youth Justice or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6CJ002 Prisons and Prisoners or 6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6CJ005 Contemporary Issues in Criminology or 6CJ014 Youth Crime and Youth Justice or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6CJ007 Criminology and Criminal Justice Project or 6LW011 Business and Community Link in Law (20 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

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • 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

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.

Applicants 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
Part time # £2,975

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.

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

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