Criminology and Security Studies

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Interested in security sector jobs in Birmingham? Our BA Criminology and Security Studies course covers a range of topics, from war and conflict to counter-terrorism. Our degree will equip you with a wide range of knowledge about both national and international politics and intelligence. It will also show how politics can impact both security and insecurity in Birmingham and the United Kingdom. In your second and third years, this wide knowledge base will be built upon as you specialise in your learning. Your knowledge of the core ideas in Criminology will be re-enforced throughout these two years, and you will learn more about topics such as the role of MI5 and MI6, extremism, terrorism and counter-terrorism, the Middle East and conflict in the modern world, and International Relations. Together these two years will provide you with a well-rounded knowledge of the political and historical issues which are leading to continued conflict and instability in the world today. This is an exciting and dynamic course whose modules directly reflect what is happening around the world and which is at the cutting edge of current scholarship. For full details, visit our website.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeML94
Institution code B25
Campus nameCurzon Building Campus
Campus codeF

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC A maximum of three subjects are considered (excluding General Studies). A levels and other level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Access to HE Diploma Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3. 18 level 3 must be achieved at either merit or distinction grade
Scottish Higher BBCCC Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers
AS AA - CC 112 UCAS tariff points. A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications. General Studies excluded
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualifications. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualifications. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualifications. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualifications. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualifications. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualifications. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Scottish Advanced Higher CCD Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Overall For Students who do not already hold GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Extended Project 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H5, H5, H5, H5 This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language and grade C/4 or above or equivalents level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Key Skills level 2:- Communication English Language grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 60% or above overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required
HND (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at l level 4 and 120 credit at level 5 and 60% or above overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and 5. A transcript will be required
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University - UCAS