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University of Portsmouth

Criminology and Criminal Justice

UCAS Code: M930

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

Entry requirements


96-120 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

96-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-56.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-29

27 points from the IB Diploma, with 644 at Higher Level - 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

MMM-DDM

96-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

98%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Criminology

**Overview**

Have you got an interest in what makes a criminal and how we should respond to crime in society?

Criminology goes hand-in-hand with criminal justice. You can study both of these subjects on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree course. You'll learn about key issues in criminal justice, such as the sentencing of offenders or the reputation and responsibilities of police forces, while you develop your understanding of the bodies involved in law enforcement, government, the court system and international agencies.

This course is ideal prep for a career working in police, probation, the prison service, community safety, and third sector roles such as victim support. You'll also set yourself up to do further research into crime prevention and criminology or continue your studies at postgraduate level.

97% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017); 91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this Criminology and Criminal Justice degree course, you'll:

- Examine different perspectives on crime

- Join in lively debates in one of the country’s largest criminology departments and contribute ideas on how we should respond to crime as a society

- Tailor your studies by choosing the topics that interest you most – topics you can choose include new approaches to policing, contemporary terrorism, hate crime, victimology and wildlife crime

- Learn from criminology, probation and policing experts

- Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

You can also:
- Spend a year abroad, studying with an international partner university

- Learn a new language and get credits towards your degree

**Careers and opportunities**

What can you do with a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree?

When you complete this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to work in the police, probation and prison services in areas such as:

- community safety

- crime prevention

- youth offending teams

- the Home Office

- fraud investigation

- criminological research

Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:

- investigative data analyst

- police officer

- probation officer

- youth offending support officer

- emergency planning officer

- offender case administrator

You could also continue your studies by doing a postgraduate course.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

**Professional accreditation**

By choosing certain optional units on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.

"I chose to study here as the Institute of Criminal Justice has a high reputation and provided the best learning experience for me." Sian Rowe, BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice student

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules currently include:

Crime and Society
Criminal Justice
Essential Skills for Criminologists
Psychology for Criminologists
Understanding Criminology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules currently include:

Key Issues in Criminal Justice
Questioning Criminology
Researching Criminology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Community Justice
Crime and the Media
Crimes of the Powerful
Foundation of Economic Crime
Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
Global, State and Corporate Security
Hate Crime
Introduction to Teaching
Modern Foreign Language
Law and Legal Skills
Learning from Experience
Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
Penology and Prison
Police, Law and Community
Policing a Diverse Society
Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules currently include:

Dissertation / Major Project
Contemporary Criminologies

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
Forensic Psychology: Investigation
Gender and Crime
Green Crime and Environmental Justice
Intelligence Analysis
Introduction to Teaching
Learning from Experience
Management of Criminal Investigations
Miscarriages of Justice
Money Laundering and Compliance
Murder Investigation, Key Challenges
Political Extremism
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
Social Policy, Justice and Crime
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

coursework
examinations
presentations
group projects
a dissertation or major project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% 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
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

83%
high
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

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

83%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Protective service occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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.

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.

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£24k

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£26k

£26k

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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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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