Criminology and Criminal Justice (Including Foundation Year) at University of South Wales - UCAS

University of South Wales

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

Criminology and Criminal Justice (Including Foundation Year)

Course summary

The BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice is also available as a four year course including an integrated foundation year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. If you’re interested in studying crime, criminality, victimisation and the criminal justice system, the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice is for you. You will develop a critical awareness of theory and practice in criminology, and understand the social context of crime and how it is managed. You will also learn how agencies operate within the criminal justice system. We have strong links with criminal justice agencies and offer modules that reflect the current nature of this subject, often inviting guest speakers to talk to you about their work. As well as volunteering opportunities, you can complete a work placement module, which could help you secure employment when you graduate.


During the Foundation Year (Social Sciences) you will study the following compulsory modules: •Study Skills •Investigative Project •Psychology •Sociology You will also study two modules from the following options: •Statistics/Further Mathematics •Advanced IT •Social Policy •Childhood Studies •Principles of Youth and Community Work •Business Administration •Economics Course and module overview: Compulsory Modules Study Skills The module will provide the learner with opportunities to explore their examination and revision techniques and overall planning along with furthering their written and discussion skills. Skills addressed would include note taking, essay writing, discussions, referencing, planning assignments and revising for examinations, whilst also recognising different approaches to studying. Investigative Project To enable the learner to become competent researching, planning and writing an independent interdisciplinary project. The learner will develop oral presentation skills and deliver and evaluate an oral presentation. Sociology You will learn to understand the focus of the sociological approach, particularly the importance of learned behaviour. At the heart of this module are investigations into the primary patterns of inequality, class, gender & ethnicity as well as the sociology of crime and deviance. Throughout the module, the importance of institutions such as the family, the state and the mass media in determining the structure and function of society as well as their influence on the way we think and behave. Psychology Psychology is the study of behaviour and this module will investigate the development of behaviour throughout the life span, from birth right up to older adulthood. Through a variety of real life case studies and your own piece of psychological research, you will examine what happens when things work out positively (attachment and bonds, pro social behaviour), and also what can happen when things don’t work out as expected (mental health issues, anti-social behaviour). Optional Modules Statistics / Further Maths You will study a number of topics during this module including Introductory Statistics, Algebraic Techniques and Introductory Calculus. Social Policy This module provides an evaluation of welfare provision in the UK. It plots the origins and development of the public sector and the welfare state, as well as welfare provision in the voluntary sector. Subjects covered include, social security, community care, housing, homelessness, health and education. This module will analyse dominant political perspectives in the UK towards welfare spending as well as community based responses to welfare needs. Childhood Studies This module examines the concepts associated with the wellbeing of children and families. Topics include attachment, resilience, play, learning and safeguarding theory. Principles of Youth and Community The Youth and Community Work module teaches reflective practice, communication and planning skills appropriate for work with young people and families. Informal education theory and concepts of anti-discriminatory practice underpin the module; students learning about adolescent development, empowerment, and community development principles. Business Administration The module is designed to provide an understanding of the Business world, the function and structure of different organisations, and their relationship with their employees as they strive to gain competitive advantage over their rivals. Economics You will develop a broad understanding of the key features of the capitalist economic system, the role of governments in their attempts to influence the outcomes of the macro economy and address issues of inequality and the wealth gap.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £12600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the University website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. Students from Wales and the EU may be eligible for a means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant. Please visit the University website for full details.
Criminology and Criminal Justice (Including Foundation Year) at University of South Wales - UCAS