Criminology and Criminal Justice BA (Hons)

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About the course

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree provides you with a broad understanding of the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, while providing the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area.

In the first year, you will gain a good foundation across all aspects of criminology and criminal justice. For the following years you will be required to choose one of two pathways;

Core or Working with Offenders; each offering a particular perspective of the criminal justice system.

Reasons why you should choose to study Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree at DMU
  • One of the largest practice-based criminologist teams in the country, our courses b…

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About the course

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree provides you with a broad understanding of the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, while providing the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area.

In the first year, you will gain a good foundation across all aspects of criminology and criminal justice. For the following years you will be required to choose one of two pathways;

Core or Working with Offenders; each offering a particular perspective of the criminal justice system.

Reasons why you should choose to study Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree at DMU
  • One of the largest practice-based criminologist teams in the country, our courses benefit from direct input from Leicestershire Constabulary and other agencies
  • The course is Skillsmark endorsed, the quality mark for learning and development in the Justice sector
  • One of the few criminology courses in the UK which is practice-based, so your expertise can be transferred directly to the workplace
  • Academic staff with links to the British Society of Criminology keep you up-to-date with contemporary issues and debates
  • Opportunities to join DMU Criminology Society enhances your university experience through stimulating seminars and social events
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Key facts

UCAS course code: L390

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time (one day per week)

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2013/2014 UCAS points Minimum of 260 points

GCSEs Five GGCSEs at grade C or above including English Plus one of the following: Alevels
  • Normally with at least 160 points from 2 A levels with a specified subject** at grade C or above
BTEC
  • BTEC National Diploma - BTEC with Distinction/Merit/Merit (280) points
  • BTEC National Certificate - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) - BTEC with Distinction/Merit/Merit (280) points
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) - Distinction*/Distinction
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma - (1 A2) only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
Access Course

Pass. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject

Interview: No

Work Experience: No

International Baccalaureate: 28+ points.

International Students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

Teaching and assessment

Our national and international research is incorporated in to our teaching. Projects include; the use of fantasy media by internet sexual offenders, probation training in Europe, and European victim empowerment.

Timetabled, taught time is 12–14 hours per week, which includes lectures, workshops and seminars and personal tutorials.

You are expected to engage in an additional 24–26 hours independent study each week, and you will be allocated a personal tutor. Assessment methods include essays, group and individual presentations, research, exams and case study projects.

Course modules

In the first year, the focus is upon providing a good foundation across all aspects of criminology and criminal justice. This allows you to make an informed decision whether to study towards a specific area of professional practice within the sector or to follow a broader path.

First year

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Diversity, Values and Ethics
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Research Skills
  • Legislation
  • Preparing for Practice

For the following years you will be required to choose one of two pathways; 'Core' or 'Working with Offenders', with each offering a particular perspective of the criminal justice system.

Second year

  • Research for Practice, Risk and Community Safety
  • Punishment and Society
    Choose two optional modules OR
  • Working with Offenders 1

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Young People and the Criminal Justice System
  • Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Victimology
  • International Perspectives
    OR
  • Working with Offenders 2

Industry links and professional accreditation

We have developed strong links with agencies in the sector providing the chance for voluntary work to enhance your learning experience.

Work experience and placements

Volunteering and research opportunities develop your practical and professional skills, and enhancing your employability upon graduation, and are available in local criminal justice agencies, including:

  • Prison
  • Probation
  • Youth Offending Services
  • Victim Support

Students are also encouraged to visit local magistratescourts and prisons.

Our Skillsmark endorsement assures you of our commitment to quality, and strong links with criminal justice and allied agencies encourage you to volunteer within the sector. You will be supported to find opportunities that suit your personal and professional development.

Graduate careers

Graduate career opportunities are varied, and many of our recent graduates have gone on to work in sectors including:

  • Policing
  • Youth Justice
  • Community Safety
  • Crime Prevention
  • Victim Support Prison
  • Probation
  • Drug and Alcohol Services

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Fees and funding


UK/EU Full-time £9000 Part Time 2013/14 4 Year Course £5925 6 Year Course £3950 Per Module (15 Credits) £988 International
Full-time Band 1 £10,750 Band 2 £11,250

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Scholarships

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Facilities

Recent investment of £8 million in to our first-class teaching and learning facilities, develop your practical experience and enhance your employability upon graduation.

At DMU you will benefit from 24 hour access to the library and Learning Zone for focussed group and independent study.

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