Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Criminology and Criminal Justice Glyndwr University, Wrexham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)


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Our programme tackles a fascinating array of questions from why people commit crime to how it affects society, historical landmarks in the justice system and high-profile cases which had a ground-breaking impact on the legal arena.

Students will:

study criminology from a range of perspectives including social, political and psychological, focusing on modern methods of policing, development of policy and the workings of magistrates and crown courts
examine criminal law and the role and work of the agencies that make up a modern criminal justice system
take part in site visits
have a variety of voluntary work opportunities
learn from visiting lecturers such as judges, police, probation and youth justice staff
study in a subject area rated first in the UK for overall satisfaction (WGU analysis of unpublished 2018 NSS data)
leave ready to enter a wide range of sectors including youth justice, probation, prison, the police and voluntary organisations

Course details



The first year provides an introduction to practice matters relating to working in the community justice system and understanding and engaging with offending behaviour. The range of modules explored in year one provide knowledge and understanding of the causes of crime at a societal and individual level and explores the work of the agencies that make up the criminal justice system.



• Studying in Higher Education
• Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Signal Crimes and Criminals

• Drugs, Alcohol and Crime
• Crime, Society and Social Policy
• Introduction to Forensic Psychology
• Attachment and Crime


The second year is designed to build directly on the skills and knowledge acquired by students during year one. Students study criminal law and in traditional lecturers and field trips where possible e.g. to prison and court, student learn about advanced issues in effective practice with particular types of offenders. Criminological and research theory is explored to begin the process of developing students’ abilities to think theoretically and critically about the practice of criminal justice.



• Criminology
• Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process
• Social Difference and Inequality
• Criminal Justice in Practice
• Research Methods


• Work based learning
• Crime and Criminal Behaviour
• Working in Custodial and Community Settings with people who have offended

In the final year modules develop student’s abilities to apply theoretical and critical perspectives to criminal justice processes and practice. Some degree of choice is also offered in relation to modules options. The socio-political nature of criminal justice policy-making is explored and a critical lens is brought to bear on the criminal justice system.

Students may then chose to explore how guilt and innocence might be negotiated in police and courtroom, the contribution forensic psychology might make to understanding crime, youth justice or multi-agency criminal justice response to crime. Students also complete their own research project, exploring an area of interest to themselves under the supervision of one of the experienced criminology lecturers in the department.



• Research Project
• Control, Justice and Punishment


• Multi-Agency Working
• Youth Justice
• Terrorism
• Policing Society
• Constructing Guilt and Innocence

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

There is a variety of assessment methods for this course, including essays, presentations, case studies and examinations. In Year 3 you will be required to do a research project on a topic of your interest.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Innovative and flexible teaching methods are used with part of the course being delivered online. Face to face lectures take place two days a week. Students are encouraged to participate in site visits which in the past have included visits to a crown court and a prison.

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

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

Course code M240
Institution code G53
Campus name Wrexham
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 112 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 112 UCAS Tariff points
AS Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 112 UCAS Tariff points
Extended Project Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 112 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 112 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112 UCAS Tariff points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at for further advice and guidance.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 * Year 1
EU £9,000 * Year 1
International £11,750 * Year 1
England £9,000 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 * Year 1
Scotland £9,000 * Year 1
Wales £9,000 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Plas Coch
Mold Road
LL11 2AW

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