Birmingham City University

Criminology Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Looking to study criminology degree at University? Our BA (Hons) Criminology course is supported by our close links with local criminal justice organisations, including West Midlands Police Force.

Make sense of the world of criminal justice by getting the big picture perspective on crime, punishment and victimisation.

This course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the core schools of criminological thought, their historical and political foundations and practical application.

Our curriculum offers you a variety of subjects, through which you will be able to develop your interests before focusing on specialised fields within Criminology. The programme also utilises guest speakers, external visitors as well as unique assessments to enhance students understanding of the discipline.

The course's real world applications are supported by its close links with local and national criminal justice agencies, including police forces, charities, pressure groups, criminal justice agencies, criminal rehabilitation, probation service and prisons.

The course is delivered by expert staff in the fields of policing, security studies and criminology, and you will also enjoy regular guest lectures from highly influential voices in the discipline.

For full details, visit our website.

How to apply

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

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Course code M900
Institution code B25
Campus name Curzon Building Campus
Campus code F

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Accept most subjects including Citzenship Studies and Critical Thinking
Subject excluded - General Studies
A maximum of four subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM subject excluded in Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall including 45 at level 3 of which 18 Level 3 credits are at merit or distinction grade. Must be in a Social Sciences/Humanities or Law pathway. Must also hold GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above, then credits must also include English at Level 2.
Scottish Higher CC One or two Higher subjects only considered if offered along with two Advanced Highers. grade CC (2 Advanced Highers)

subjects excluded - General studies
AS AA - EE Accept most subjects including Citzenship Studies and Critical Thinking
subjects excluded - General studies
Maximum 2 AS Levels accepted in combination with a minimum of 2 A Levels. Must be in different subjects to the A levels and only if applicant is holding at least two A levels.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Considered in combination with either two A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas / BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diplomas etc to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points
Extended Project Considered in combination with either two A-levels / BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas / BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diplomas etc to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points
subjects excluded - General Studies
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Required at the point of enrolment.
Acceptable equivalents:
- Functional Skills / Essential Skills level 2 - English
- Key Skills level 2 - Communication
- IGCSE English language grade C or above
HNC (BTEC) M In a related subject. May be considered for 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) M In a related subject. May be considered for entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
NB: Entry into the third year is not accepted.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme For Students who complete the full IB Diploma obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher level subjects.
English Group A – Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab initio – grade 5
If applicant does not hold GCSE English at grade 4+, then we require at least grade 4 in English. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Grade C or above in English language
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered in combination with either two A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary or Introductory Diplomas etc to achieve minimum 112 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered on its own or in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory or Subsidiary Diplomas etc to achieve minimum 112 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered in combination with either two A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma etc to achieve minimum 112 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma etc to achieve minimum 112 points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered on its own or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points

subjects excluded - Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
Subjects NOT considered: Early Years
Scottish Advanced Higher BCC subjects excluded - General Studies
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) B Grade B plus grades BB at A Levels (or equivalent qualifications)
Must also hold GCSE English with grade C or above, or equivalent
Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas / BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diplomas etc to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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Birmingham City University
University House
15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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