• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

We offer a degree which examines crime from multiple perspectives to understand its impact on individuals and society.  On this course you will explore the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence attitudes, beliefs and behaviour.

You will also develop a range of research skills that enhance your employability, such as critical thinking and data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, presenting reasoned arguments and making ethical judgements.

What will this course cover?
Our modules are cutting edge and cover issues in contemporary society such as Radicalisation, Media and Crime and Disability in the Criminal Justice system.

Our teaching team is research active and committed to high student satisfaction within a clear underpinning theoretical framework.

The personal tutor system helps us support you and develop your professional identity and confidence. We also identify  visits and trips to academic and criminal justice related events to complement your studies.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: M930

Our teaching team is research active across a range of areas related to Criminology. We deliver at a variety of conferences and work with outside agencies and bodies.

We use different teaching and assessment strategies together with, where relevant, input from outside speakers. We recently had some guest speakers come in to speak with our current students regarding career prospects.

You may also go on trips relevant to your modules and attend academic talks to further enhance your studies. Recently our current students have benefitted from visits to academic conferences in London, the Supreme Court and Central Criminal Court in London as well as Bullingdon Prison in Buckinghamshire.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 3: 25 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 295 hours
Independent learning: 905 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

65 percent coursework 30 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

70 percent coursework 30 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Year 3

65 percent coursework 20 percent written exams 15 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applications will also be considered from those who have gained relevant skills through vocational qualifications or from mature applicants with experience of work-based responsibility and of self-directed learning.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Making Sense of Society
  • Police Crime and the Media
  • Social Policy and Society

Year 2 Modules

  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
  • Knowledge of Policing (optional)
  • Race Ethnicity and Migration (optional)
  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Forms of Crime
  • Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
  • Issues in Criminology
  • Research Methods

Year 3 Modules

  • Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Cyber Crime (optional)
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
  • Dissertation
  • Globalisation and Social Change (optional)
  • Personal and Professional Development (optional)
  • Radicalisation and Terrorism (optional)
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Victimology

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Employability

What are my career prospects

Criminal justice is a growth employment area and graduates will find themselves well qualified to pursue a range of related careers.

The police, prisons and probation service are perhaps the most popular employment channels, but criminological knowledge, awareness and experience are valuable in a range of government areas including the Home Office. Alternatively, you may choose to work in the private security sector.

You’ll also have the opportunity to further your criminology studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.