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.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4SA007 The Development of the Welfare State: 1945-2010 (20 Credits)

4CJ003 Thinking About Crime (20 Credits)

4CJ002 Criminal Justice (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

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

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 2

5SA014 Families, Children and the State (20 Credits)

5CJ002 Theories of Crime (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)

5CJ006 Punishment and Society or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5SL001 Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SA007 Paying for Welfare (20 Credits)

5CJ003 Police and Society or 5CJ009 Victims and Offenders or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

6CJ006 Controlling Crime (20 Credits)

6SA003 Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion (20 Credits)

6CJ005 Contemporary Issues in Criminology (20 Credits)

6CJ007 Criminology and Criminal Justice Project or 6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy or 6SL004 Community Link in Sociology or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6CJ011 Serious and Organised Crime (20 Credits)

6CJ007 Criminology and Criminal Justice Project or 6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy or 6SL004 Community Link in Sociology or 6CJ002 Prisons and Prisoners or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets (20 Credits)

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.

What our students think

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.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you, will be able to:

  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. The ability to undertake research using relevant research methodologies and communicate findings appropriately.
  3. Critical awareness of 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.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • 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.
  • 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

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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