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Course summary

Jump-start your career in the criminal justice sector with our specialist Criminology and Policing degree in Cambridge. As a BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing student at ARU, we’ll help you work towards your career goals from day one. Through our relationship with regional police forces and practitioners, you’ll have opportunities to engage with professionals from the criminal justice sector through guest lectures (including those organised by our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region), workshop events, study trips and research projects. You may also have opportunities to work closely with local police forces. A recent student project, sponsored by Cambridge Constabulary, carried out research on police officer demographics and recruitment. You’ll learn from staff with real-world experience: a significant part of your teaching in some modules will be delivered by policing and criminal justice practitioners such as former and active Crime Scene Investigators. Our criminology lecturers are active researchers with experience of working on real-life crimes with the police. You can also choose to an optional placement year. We’ll support you to get involved in justice causes and campaigns, charities and voluntary work that contributes to civic duty so you can gain relevant experience in the criminal justice system. You’ll also boost your CV as you become proficient in critical analysis, research and communication. Throughout your BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing degree, you’ll benefit from one-to-one personal tutoring and dedicated criminology social media groups. You could also 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 Criminology and MA Contemporary Policing. Hands-on learning All our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing students have the opportunity to:

  • go on field trips in the UK and overseas
  • take part in workshops, research projects and other events with regional police forces and other professionals
  • study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue their own areas of interest.
Careers Our graduates go on to work in the police force, probation, prisons and youth justice, as well as the Border Force, the military, security, charities and NGOs, local government, and the public sector more generally. Others are using their skills in areas such as policy, PR, communication and the media. If you’re already working in the criminal justice sector, you could follow in the footsteps of former students who’ve been able to progress their careers to graduate level. You could also develop a specialism or start a career in research by taking part in our academic shadowing scheme or Cambridgeshire County Council’s violence prevention analysis programmes. Or there’s the option to study for a Masters, such as our MA Contemporary Policing, MA Criminology or MA International Relations. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees. 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.


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: Crime News and Criminology, Criminal Justice in England and Wales, Introduction to Policing, Media, Society and Crime. Year 3 core modules: Making A Difference, Evidence-Based Policing, Ruskin Module. Year 3 optional modules: Violence: Theories and Causes of Crime, Violence: Realities and Impact of Crime, Trials and Errors, Intoxicants and Intoxication, Resilience and Emergency Management, Leadership in Policing and Criminal Justice, Globalisation and Security, Revolving Doors: Punishment and Rehabilitation, Policing Vulnerability, Cybercrime and Policing. Year 4 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project, Politics and Public Service, Criminology in Policy and Practice. Year 4 optional modules: Negotiating Sex and Gender: accounts & accountability, Comparative and Global Criminal Justice, Investigative Psychology, Organised Crime, Neighbourhood Policing and Community Safety, Police and Counter-terrorism, Youth, Crime and Aggression, Concepts of Good and Evil, Sport, Globalisation and International politics, Race, Racism and Cultural Identity. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress using a range of methods, including essays, portfolios, problem-solving activities, case studies, blogs, policy documents, presentations, and a major research project.

How to apply

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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.

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Criminology and Policing [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS