This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. You may also be interested in our three year BSc (Hons) Criminology course.
The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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.
Where the Foundation Year is taught at our Aylesbury Campus all subsequent years will be taught at our High Wycombe Campus.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: M931
What are the course entry requirements?
If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year programme or do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, this four-year programme including a Foundation Year could be for you.
You'll need to hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, and will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs.
International students should hold an IELTS of 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all areas).
Applicants will also be invited to attend an interview.
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:
Foundation Year Modules
- Ways of Learning about the Social World
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
Year 1 Modules
- Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment
- Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime
- Police Crime and the Media
- Criminal Justice Process
- Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
- Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
- Policy and Society
- Policy in Context
Year 2 Modules
- Knowledge of Policing (optional)
- Employability and Volunteering (optional)
- Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
- Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
- Race Ethnicity and Migration (optional)
- Research Methods
- Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
- Contemporary Criminology
- Forms of Crime
Year 3 Modules
- Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
- Comparative Criminal Justice
- Criminal Justice Policy
- Globalisation and Social Change (optional)
- Personal and Professional Development (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks