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BA Criminology and Policing

Course Overview

This BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing* degree combines our expertise in contemporary criminology and professional policing to give you a comprehensive understanding of criminological theories that you will be able to apply to current socio-economic policies and conditions. You’ll develop an understanding of criminology from different perspectives in areas such as crime, criminality, victims and vulnerability. Our Criminology and Policing degree will prepare you for a career within the criminal justice system in roles such as policing, research or youth work. On this course, you’ll benefit from a theoretical basis as well as a vocational application of the course content, preparing you for a career in the criminal justice sector, police service or associated fields.


This three year degree allows you to combine criminology study with policing modules which cover aspects of the national policing curriculum. You’ll look at areas such as drugs, cybercrime, migration, terrorism, and trafficking in detail. You’ll consider how these areas are viewed by groups from various backgrounds, including how gender, race and cultural perspectives can impact opinion. Students will be taught by experts in criminology who have worked directly with government departments, as well as former police officers for a practical, hands-on education. This course sets students up for a career in the criminal justice sector, the police service or the NGO and charity sector, among others. Please note that this BA Criminology and Policing programme does not qualify as a pre-join degree to enable direct entry into a police service. Students wishing to pursue a career as a police officer on graduation would need to enter a service via the degree holder entry route. You will learn through a variety of group sessions, workshops, digital media and a wide range of learning resources, completing a research methods module and a dissertation or research project in your final year. In addition to your knowledge of criminology and policing, you will gain a wide range of analytical, research, problem solving and communication skills, which are in high demand by employers. You will also learn through realistic scenarios and the use of a crime scene suite or pop-up facilities
Foundation Year

Semester 1

  • Citizenship
  • Academic and Report Writing
  • Numeracy Skills in Context

Semester 2

  • Foundations of Business Management
  • Foundations of Law
  • Foundations of Social Sciences
Year 1

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Criminology
  • Understanding the Police Constable Role and Professional Standards
  • The Criminal Justice System: Key Legislation, Offences and Civil Matters

Semester 2

  • Drugs in the Criminal Justice System
  • Core Principles of Evidence Based Policing, Information and Intelligence
  • Contemporary Criminology
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Gender, Sexuality and Crime
  • Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour and Introduction to Road Policing
  • Public Protection: Understanding Abuse and Impact

Semester 2

  • Cybercrime
  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Response Policing and Police Investigations
Year 3

Semester 1

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (double module across both semesters)
  • Urban Criminology
  • Responding to Major and Critical Incidents

Semester 2

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (double module across both semesters)
  • Investigating Serious Crime and Understanding Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime

Choose one:

  • Race, Ethnicity and Religion
  • Politics of Policing
  • Terrorism
  • Counter-Terrorism and Advanced Road Policing

Entry Requirements

Level 3 or equivalent qualifications are desirable. European and other International qualifications are accepted.

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