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University of Plymouth

Police and Criminal Justice Studies

UCAS Code: LM42

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


88 - 104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H4,H4,H4

Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

D*D - any subject accepted.

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM-DMM

Any subject is considered.

Considered in combination

104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

88-104

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Criminal justice

Criminology

Ready to make a difference? Police and Criminal Justice Studies is a new degree for those with an interest in a policing-related career and the academic study of policing. It provides volunteering and work-based learning opportunities to put to practice the knowledge you gain from the course. We aim to provide you with an academically rigorous programme of study with plenty of opportunities to engage with the real world, developing skills and an employability profile to prepare you for your career.

You will benefit from practitioner involvement in teaching. You will be able to make the most of volunteering and placement opportunities. You will also acquire transferable skills equipping you for a career outside the criminal justice system.

* Recognised national qualification.

* Benefit from practitioner involvement in teaching.

* Make the most of volunteering and placement opportunities.

* Career destinations include the police service, but also other criminal justice-related occupations and the private security sector.

* Students acquire transferable skills equipping them for a career outside the criminal justice system.

Modules

In your first year, you'll develop foundation knowledge of the role of the police service and the wider criminal justice system. Interrogate theories which explain crime, criminality and deviance, alongside gaining an insight into the practical aspects of crime scene management. Participate in accredited volunteering opportunities in a policing context.

In your second year, you will study the first part of the national pre-join police certificate. Examine contemporary policing issues in depth and detail, and develop and apply practical research skills and critical thinking. Gain experience by participating in accredited volunteering opportunities in a policing context.

In your final year, you'll complete your independent research-based dissertation on an area of policing of interest to you. Study specialist policing and criminal justice related topics, which includes the concluding part of the national pre-join police certificate. Take part in a policing related work-based learning placement.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

17% of assessment is by exam, 83% by coursework.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Law, Criminology and Government

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.

82%
med
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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Sociology

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Caring personal services
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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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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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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