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Middlesex University

Criminology (Criminal Justice) with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L2FY

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE grade C or above in English or grade 4 if awarded after August 2017

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48
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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Criminal justice

Criminology

This criminology degree was one of the first in the world and is taught by leading academics in the field. The research produced by our department is used to develop policy by government, the EU and the UN. This course is the ideal choice if you wish to pursue a career in the criminal justice system or to progress to postgraduate study in a related field.

**Why study BA Criminology (Criminal Justice) at Middlesex?**

This specialist course is designed for you to learn about criminal justice practice and institutions from theoretical, practice-based and research-informed perspectives. You will build specialist expertise in the criminal justice system, within one of the world's oldest university criminology departments where we produce pioneering international research to support policy development. You will be able to pursue careers in the institutions of criminal justice such as the police, prisons, courts or probation, in the criminal justice support services, in organisations and charities that work on criminal justice policy and reform, in research institutions.

Many of our academics bring extensive professional experience from within agencies such as the Home Office, the police and the probation service and many also have professional experience within criminal justice institutions such as the Police, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, and Probation services. Your tutors are conducting influential research on current practice and policies which will inform their teaching and ensuring your learning is relevant and up to date.

This fusion of research and professional expertise ensures you receive a stimulating learning experience and the highest standard of teaching. Classes combine criminology theory with the examination of real life case studies from within criminal justice settings.

**Course highlights**

You will study at the centre of leading criminology research, ensuring you graduate with knowledge of the latest policy developments in criminology and criminal justice
You have the option to extend the course by a year in order to spend your third year in a paid work placement relevant to the course
Our leading academics provide a supportive learning environment, helping you to achieve the best possible academic results and this strong guidance will continue after you have graduated and are seeking employment
You could have the option to spend a year of study in a university abroad
You will benefit from guest lecturers and invited speakers who previously have included academics, activists and criminal justice practitioners
Our close links with key criminal justice agencies such as the police, the probation service and youth offending teams means you take part in real life projects that can support and inform your thinking
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Assessment methods

Foundation Year: World Literature for Social Sciences and the Law, SMART (Students Mastering Academic writing, Research and Technology), Foundation Mathematics, Foundation Project. Year 1: Crime and Control in Social Context (30 Credits) - Compulsory Explaining Crime (30 Credits) - Compulsory Skills and Methods in Criminology and Sociology (30 Credits) - Compulsory Understanding Contemporary Society: Issues and Debates (30 Credits) - Compulsory Year 2: Approaches to Research in the Social Sciences (30 Credits) - Compulsory Criminal Courts and Prisons (30 Credits) - Compulsory Criminology in Late Modernity (30 Credits) - Compulsory Institutions of Criminal Justice (30 Credits) - Compulsory Year 3: Justice, Punishment and Human Rights (30 Credits) - Optional Children as Victims and Offenders (30 Credits) - Optional Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice (30 Credits) - Optional Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (30 Credits) - Optional Gangs and Group Offending (30 Credits) - Optional Organised and White Collar Crime (30 Credits) - Optional Violent Crime (30 Credits) - Optional Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Criminology and Sociology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
Criminal justice
69%
low
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social policy

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Sociology

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social policy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Managers and proprietors in other services
9%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
66%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
5%
Managers and proprietors in other services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Criminal justice

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Criminology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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