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Main entry requirements
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers97%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,000
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Our degree in Criminology will enable you to develop an understanding of the causes of crime and the impact crime has on individuals, communities and the wider society. You will also study the current challenges facing the criminal justice system. Criminology is multidisciplinary in nature and therefore when studying crime causation and crime reduction you will draw information from a diverse range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology and law. Modules in criminology research methods will also provide you with key technical and analytical skills necessary to engage in contemporary debates surrounding policies and practices designed to prevent crime. On completion of your degree, you will possess a repertoire of skills essential for pursuing a professional career in areas such as policing, prisons and youth justice. You will study within a university that is a top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). The degree in Criminology opens up a range of exciting opportunities for you. You will be a strong candidate to become a barrister or a solicitor. 95% of students were in employment or further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE, 2017). From the moment you arrive at the Aberystwyth Law School we will work with you to build on your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement with large organisations such as the County Council and NHS Wales. The third year module ‘Employability Skills for Professionals' is an opportunity for you to discover more about the industry sector and network with potential future employers. You can also take advantage of the Aber Forward and Aber Works schemes, which advertises paid placements or internships in various professional services departments across the University. These paid placements will give you a great insight of life in the workplace and provide you with the relevant skills that will be required upon entering the work environment after graduation. In addition, every student has the opportunity to undertake a Year in Employment placement also known as 'YES'. This programme is centered around a year long placement in a chosen industry by yourself between your second and third year. Aberystwyth University has a dedicated Careers department that are here to advise, help and mentor you during your time at Aberystwyth University. The department offers extra curricular activities, these include a competing mooting society, where the participants take part in national and international mooting competitions. The department also has a specific Welsh medium mooting society for those who wish to moot in the Welsh language. Students who are part of the mooting society develop key advocacy and litigation skills. The degree will not only help you to develop a range of key transferable skills that are important for employment in general, but will also provide specialist skills and knowledge relevant to a professional career in a criminal justice setting (e.g. Police, Probation or Prison Service).
During the degree you will explore the range of problematic behaviours which draw upon psychological, sociological, legal, economic and historical theories in its explanation. In your first year you will be introduced to the principles of crime control; the enforcement and prevention; gain an understanding of legal concepts and become familiar with legal method and argument; you will research design, data handling and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. In your second and third year you will explore; - the criminological research proficiencies; you will conduct your own research area for your dissertation. We also offer students a choice from our elective modules such as; • History of Criminology • Crimes and Misconduct in Business • Politics and the Professions • Psychology and Crime. During your degree, you will be able to undertake a work placement in one of the criminal justice agencies, giving your academic learning practical application
Aberystwyth University has a proud history dating back to 1872 when it was established by the people of Wales as the first Welsh University. Despite continuing expansion both of buildings and of student numbers, Aberystwyth has retained its traditional friendly intimacies, its vigorous student social life, and its high academic standards.
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