University Centre Peterborough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Anglia Ruskin University

BA (Hons) Criminology

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Course summary

Are you interested in the problem of crime in contemporary societies? If so our Criminology course may be for you. As a Criminology student you will investigate the nature of crime and criminality as well as studying societies response through the criminal justice system. You’ll learn about the social and personal impacts of crime and what it means to be a victim of crime. You will understand how societies control and punish disorder and study forms of transnational crime that cross national borders. Criminology takes a social scientific approach to studying and classifying crime, and exploring theories around criminal behaviour. In addition to theory you will study the institutions of the criminal justice system including police, law courts, prisons and probation services. As a Criminology student you will learn how to conduct independent research drawing on a range of methods utilised by social scientists. You’ll also be encouraged and supported to adopt an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to social issues working collaboratively with students from other disciplines to find solutions. Finally you will home in on your future career path testing your interests and skills working with local organisations and building your professional network for when you graduate. You will have the opportunity to undertake live research project with a range of local partners and undertake research that makes a material difference to people’s lives. This will enable you to graduate not just with a good degree but a range of real world experience which will help you progress into your desired career. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Course details


You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Year one for full-time students (Level 4) Academic and Professional Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits) Introduction to Criminology (15 credits) Introduction to Criminal Justice (30 credits) Politics, Ideology and Society (15 credits) Exploring Crime and the Media (15 credits) Globalisation and its Effects (15 credits) Year two for full-time students (Level 5) Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits) Exploring Issues with the Courts (15 credits) Violence in Contemporary Society (15 credits) Prisons and Punishment (15 credits) Advanced Criminological Theory (15 credits) Policing and Investigation (15 credits) Youth Justice (15 credits) Final year for full-time students (Level 6) Research Project / Dissertation (30 credits) Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits) Global Transnational Crime (15 credits) Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy and Implementation (15 credits) Exploring Employment (15 credits) Plus 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered. A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Assessment method

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods: Year one for full-time students (Level 4) 90% Coursework 10% Practical Exams Year two for full-time students (Level 5) 80% Coursework 20% Practical Exams Final year for full-time students (Level 6) 90% Coursework 10% Practical Exams We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance. Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback. End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12. Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6. 70%+ First 60-69% 2:1 50-59% 2:2 40-49% Third

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeM900
Institution code P56
Campus nameUniversity Centre Peterborough
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

Unfortunately UCP are currently unable to recruit International Students

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 88 points A levels required; 2 A levels and 1 AS level in related subjects. BTEC/Access required; A BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required; 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)65.5 in each element

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
BA (Hons) Criminology at University Centre Peterborough - UCAS