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Course summary

Explore the nature of crime, justice and punishment and prepare for a career in criminal justice and crime prevention by studying for our Criminology degree in Cambridge. Explore the causes of crime, the effectiveness of punishment, and how crime and victimisation are represented in the media. In doing so, you’ll challenge your existing opinions. You’ll also develop skills in evaluating contrasting evidence, critical thinking and crafting arguments by learning how sociologists, psychologists, political theorists and law experts approach crime and complex social problems. Our BA (Hons) Criminology course places value on hands-on learning. You'll learn through case studies, the latest research and interactive sessions – and you might also have the opportunity for field trips to courts, prisons and sites such as Auschwitz. We have a supportive community of staff and students at ARU. Throughout your BA (Hons) Criminology degree, you’ll benefit from one-to-one personal tutoring and dedicated Criminology social media groups. Together, we’ll explore the causes of, responses to, and media representation of the most relevant crimes of today. These include violence against women and girls, crimes of the powerful, opportunistic crimes, war crimes, corruption and urban culture. You’ll prepare for your future career from the first semester: building a portfolio and CV, attending volunteer and employment fairs, taking part in our annual Criminology conference, and hearing from key figures in criminal justice debates and the authors of important criminology texts. What’s more, our links to local and national organisations, including Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire police forces, give you the chance to gain work experience, and lay the groundwork for your final-year research project. You could also take up a volunteering placement with organisations like Romsey Mill, a local charity committed to overcoming disadvantage, challenging injustice and promoting social inclusion with young people, children and families. You could enhance your CV by studying abroad for a semester – with funding on offer to help cover the cost. Once you’ve graduated, you can continue to develop your skills with one of our Masters degrees, such as MA Sociology or MA Criminology. Hands-on learning All our BA (Hons) Criminology students have the opportunity to:

  • go on field trips in the UK and overseas
  • study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest.
Careers As a BA (Hons) Criminology graduate you’ll be well-equipped for a career in a number of public services. These include the probation service, prison service (officers and governors), police (crime scene and victim liaison officers), the Home Office (researchers and policy analysts), the Crown Prosecution Service, the Court Service, youth offending teams and crime reduction partnerships. The multidisciplinary nature of this course, and its focus on employability and transferable skills, can also open doors elsewhere for example in adult guidance work, charity work, counselling, local government, political analysis, and legal careers. Whichever path you choose, you can be sure you’re graduating with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Our past students have taken up volunteering placements with organisations such as Romsey Mill, or completed their undergraduate major project research with a number of police forces including Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might choose to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MA Criminology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Modules

Year 1 core modules: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Critical Thinking, Composition and Style, Ethics, Fundamentals of Law, Business Law, Criminal Law. Year 2 core modules: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Criminology; Criminal Justice in England and Wales; Media, Society and Crime; The Evolution of Crime and Criminology. Year 3 core modules: Making A Difference; Revolving Doors: Punishment and Rehabilitation; Ruskin Module; Violence and Confrontation. Year 3 optional modules: Lessons Learned: Inquests, Tribunals and Truth; Cybercrime and Policing; Sociology of Health Inequalities; Sociology of Religion; Hanging, Prisons and Community Service: Crime and Punishment in Britain throughout the Ages; Using Linguistics: An Introduction to Forensic; Clinical and Computational Linguistics; Violence, Gender and Victimisation; Dark Web Policing and Control; Intoxicants and Intoxication; Anglia Language Programme. Year 4 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project - Criminology; Youth, Crime and Aggression; Criminology and Policing in Policy and Practice. Year 4 optional modules: Exploitation, Trafficking and Sexual Violence; Race, Racism and Ethnic Identity; Investigative Psychology; Feminist Debates and Activism; Politics and Social Media; Concepts of Good and Evil; Organised Crime; Sexuality and Social Control; Police and Counter-terrorism; Comparative and Global Criminal Justice; Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress using a range of methods, including case studies, presentations, essays, short, weekly pieces of writing, portfolios, poster presentations, data analysis exercises, examinations and group projects. You’ll receive constructive feedback throughout the course to help you improve your work.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
L391
Institution code:
A60
Campus name:
Cambridge Campus
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
87%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

https://www.aru.ac.uk/student-life/preparing-for-university/help-with-finances
Criminology [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS