To reduce crime, we need to try and understand why it happens, how people feel about it, and the impact it has on individuals and society as a whole. This degree introduces the fascinating and evolving world of criminology, including the criminal justice system and foundations of law, sociology and psychology, moving on to more advanced topics such as criminological theories, white collar and corporate crime, and cybercrime. It also covers contemporary issues in criminology, such as gender, race, and crime, the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders; including an emphasis on research methods, victimology, crime prevention and community safety. This course is currently subject to validation - with a first year intake only - planned for September 2024. About the course: Year 1 (Level 4) Indicative modules: -Criminal Justice -Powers of the police -Offender Profiling -Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation and Photography -Study Skills Year 2 (Level 5) Indicative modules: -Bloodstain pattern analysis -Advanced Crime Scene Investigation and Management -Theories of crime -Sociological perspectives of crime -Victimology -Crime and deviance Year 3 (Level 6) Indicative modules: -Dissertation -Prison and punishment -Miscarriages of justice -Psychology in the courtroom -Criminal justice and inequality The final-year dissertation allows students to complete an independent body of research on a related topic of their choice. This will require students to demonstrate their ability to conduct original research, analyse data, and present their findings in a clear and concise manner. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme to a real-world issue in the field of criminology. Assessments: A variety of traditional and innovative methods will be used, designed to provide authentic experiences for students to demonstrate the real-world competencies they will be required to use in a professional context. These include individual and group presentations, discussions, essays, reports, case studies, research and project work, examinations, reflective journals and work-based projects. What does a criminologist do? Criminologists are social scientists who study crime, criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice system. They analyse crime statistics, conduct research to determine the causes of crime, and develop theories around criminal behaviour. They also study how effectively the criminal justice system responds to crime; including law enforcement, courts, and prisons. Careers and progression: With vital transferable skills that many potential employers are looking for, Criminology graduates will be well-placed to progress to postgraduate education or employment in the criminal justice sector and beyond. Traditional destinations might include the police, probation, prison and courts services and similar roles in HM Revenue and Customs, UK Border Force, social services, victim support, youth services and offender management. Graduates could also consider a career in broadcast media, journalism or teaching.
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Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. We expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy. We accept GCSE passes at grades 9 to 4 (previously A* to C). You may be invited to attend an informal interview. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but with relevant industry or life experience are very welcome to apply
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|An overall band score of 5.5; with no individual component less than 5.0.
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