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Why study this course

Experienced and knowledgeable tutors

Supportive learning environment

Classic and contemporary criminological modules

Career focus

Course summary

The criminology degree is designed to ensure students graduating from this programme has advanced knowledge and a systematic understanding of the complexities, debates and contradictions relating to the criminological field. At each level of the degree, the student will build upon the previous year’s knowledge and be encouraged to engage in deeper and more critical analysis of the topics under investigation. Questions such as ‘why do men commit more crime than women?’, ‘do prisons actually work?’ or ‘is there such a thing as a ‘victimless’ crime?’ These are the sorts of questions that will be addressed in various modules throughout the degree.

Please note - the intended start date for this course is September 2024

Key facts


BA (Hons)

UCAS code



3 years

Mode of study


Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code


Course details

About this course

To ensure knowledgeable and confident criminologists emerge from the programme and into the workplace, engaging, applicable and enlightening subjects will be delivered over the course of the programme by experienced and knowledgeable tutors. Each subject focus is varied, yet linked, and draws attention to the complexities of the criminal debate. Over the course of the degree, you will be deliberating on the effects of media on crime, addressing the political and social responses to crime and examining crime from a victim’s perspective. You will also be exploring the influence of gender on crime, questioning the role and purpose of punishment and reflecting on transnational crimes such as body, arms and human trafficking, money laundering and cyber-crime.

Entry requirements

You will normally need 96-112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications that meet this requirement, such as A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.

However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

Find out more about the international application process including English Language requirements.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study within many courses at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.


In Criminology, we see assessment as a powerful driver of student learning and a means for demonstrating what students have learnt. We believe it’s a great way to develop the employability skills that employers demand from graduates. As a result, the course incorporates a range of assessment methods which will allow you to demonstrate a wide range of skills whilst providing a selection of post-degree career paths. These assessment methods include coursework, case studies, oral presentations, multi-modal presentations (posters, videos, print) and individual dissertation projects.

Careers & Further study

Our Criminology degree will provide a firm basis from which you can pursue a wide range of employment opportunities in the community and with statutory-based services. Possible future career paths include:

•Support in the Community for example, support with homelessness, health, WoMen’s aid, reintegration or working with young people

•Youth Justice worker


•Police officer (Degree Holder and Detective Entry Programme(DHEP) required)

•Prison officer or supporting role

•Probation officer (Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) required) or supporting role

•Social researcher

•Social worker (further specific training required) or supporting role

Should you wish to pursue further study, the design of the programme is varied yet detailed enough to inspire and enthuse you in extending your learning.

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Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

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Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2023 entry, the application fee is £27, and you can make a maximum of 6 choices. For 2024 entry the application fee is £27.50.
For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.