Criminology BA (Hons)

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Criminology BA (Hons)
Code LL61
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 6
Course type Full Time


This course is concerned with the investigation, analysis, and production of knowledge in relation to crime, criminal behaviour, criminal activity deviance, criminal justice and crime cessation. It is a discipline that takes its influence from sociology, law, psychology, psychiatry, history, biology, chemistry and geography. The programme provides a challenging and high quality academic grounding for the study of crime and society. It seeks to do this by encouraging you to develop a critical understanding of crime and justice, informed by criminological and sociological theoretical debates and research. It aims to give you the opportunity to develop your own understanding of crime and the criminal justice system.

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This degree will help you to become increasingly important within the local and national employment market. For example, criminal justice services are one of the largest employers in the area and the country. The newly formed Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), manages the local probation trust, the community rehabilitation companies (who are a partnership agency), and the majority of the local prisons (Hull, Lincoln, Moorlands, North Sea Camp, Humber). As these services modernise, they are looking for workers who have high-level qualifications. The police service are increasingly looking for graduates. This could be at an entry level or as part of a graduate scheme. Furthermore, court services also look for graduates from the local area and this degree will help you to prepare for such a job with this large employer within the criminal justice system. In addition to this, the local councils are a significant employer and they offer a wide range of jobs and opportunities for graduates at all levels. With the help of our employability team, this degree will ensure that you are able to enter professional services such as these, with a good quality degree that is sector relevant


In the first year, the areas of study focus on giving a foundational base of knowledge that is built on throughout the rest of the degree. This focuses on the key theoretical principles in criminology, whilst identifying significant issues that are experiences in the contemporary social world. The modules you will study include;

• Introduction to Criminal Justice

• Understanding Criminological Theory

• Study Skills for Lifelong Learning

• Introduction to Criminal Law and Policy

• Crime, Deviance and Social Control

• Introduction to Social Science Research

The second year of study gives the opportunity to build criminological knowledge, focusing on refining this knowledge, improving research skills and engaging further into contemporary criminological thought. The modules studied include the following plus one of the optional modules:

• Crime Media and Politics

• Understanding Desistance

• Doing Social Science Research 1

• Victims of Crime

• Doing Social Science Research 2

• Gender, Ethnicity and Disability (Optional)

• Global Crime and Justice (Optional)

The final year gives further opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and active position in specialised topics in Criminology. There are a selection of modules and options available for this academic year, so that the degree can be tailored to the profession or interest of choice. The modules at this level include:

• Green Criminology

• Genocide (Optional)

• Punishment and Society (Optional)

• Serious, Serial and Sexual Crime

• Morality and Evil (Optional)

• Family Violence (Optional)

The choices for the independent project are;

• 5,000 Extended Essay (20 Credits) + an extra optional level 6 module

• 10,000-word Dissertation (40 Credits)

How will it be delivered?

A wide range of assessment methods will be used throughout the programme, reflecting the diverse nature and levels of the cohorts. Assessment activities include those common to undergraduate education; essay, seen exams, case studies and presentations along with the use of oral exams or a viva voce. The unique experience of a viva voce will assess students on the understanding behind a previous assessment, allowing students to answer questions and discuss elements of their assessment in greater depth. All methods of assessment will allow students to demonstrate both depth and breadth of their knowledge and understanding of the key areas around criminology and social science.

The assessment activities associated with each module will all have opportunity for formative and summative feedback with the latter contributing to the final mark of the module. The process of formative feedback will assess the knowledge and understanding displayed by each student; feedback will be given to help students develop and improve their assessments.

Specific strategies for assessing intellectual thinking skills will include oral and written assessments that will test for critical analysis and evaluation of students’ criminological, sociological and research based knowledge. This will include students demonstrating the ability to synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of source.

Practical skills will be assessed using a variety of assessment techniques including written assignments, examinations and presentations. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills within an independent project or dissertation.

Entry requirements

All applicants irrespective of entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed.

Standard Offer 80 UCAS points from a minimum of two A’ Levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma or 60 Access to HE credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Students are also required to hold English & Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade 4/C or above.

In line with the widening participation brief, the University Centre Grimsby encourages applications from students who lack formal academic qualifications. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work, in the form of an essay question (1500 word essay) that will take into account their academic potential and relevant experience. The students will have access to help them successfully complete this task. For example, they will be able to access the learner services, the library, access to online resources and support via tutors and the Institutes success coaches.

Your next steps...

Upon completion of the BA Criminology degree, students will be in a position to take a number of alternative vocational, non-vocational, and academic pathways. Potential opportunities will include employment within the public or private sector - either within or outside of the criminal justice system - as well as other occupational options that can follow from a degree in social science, such as research based positions or working with communities and people. There are also a large number of opportunities for students to continue into postgraduate studies either taught or by research, to further progress knowledge already gained during the BA Criminology programme.