BA (Hons) Criminology

Course overview

You will consider; whether criminal behaviours are learned or inherent, social order and resistance to it and measures that are available to sanction prohibited deeds. The course is designed to provide a range of skills which will equip you with far-reaching knowledge of the agencies and processes included in the criminal justice system.

The course combines theoretical and criminal procedural frameworks with the intellectual challenge of social science giving the opportunity to contemplate and reflect on some fundamental questions of human behaviour: Why do we create laws? Why do people break them? Why do we respond as we do? How can we prevent future crimes from occurring?

Using real-life case studies, theoretical perspectives and the framework of the law, you will tackle the phenomena of crime from an exciting and contemporary standpoint.

Key Facts

Arts, Law & Social Sciences
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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BA (Hons) Criminology


Several students have worked with Crimestoppers and launched the Peterborough Anti Cycle Theft campaign which led to the achievement of a National Award. Many of our current students are volunteering with the local probation services and work as intervention workers at local schools. Trips throughout the year include the local prison, the Royal Courts of Justice and Old Bailey in London. 100% of students who graduated in 2013 progressed into employment or postgraduate education.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Crime News and Criminology
  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales
  • Skills for Criminal Justice
  • History of Crime and Criminology
  • Media and Crime
  • Political Ideologies and Social Controversies

Year two core modules

  • Trials and Errors: Justice in Court
  • Contemporary Issues in Prison and Penology
  • Violent Crime: Body and Mind
  • Project Preparation
  • Cultures of War and Peace

Year three core modules

  • Major Project
  • Youth Justice Controversies
  • Comparative and Global Criminal Justice
  • Sex, Sex Offending and Society
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Criminology in Policy and Practice


Assessment is carried out via a very broad mix of methods including case studies, presentations, essays, patchwork texts, portfolios, poster presentations, data analysis exercises, examinations, group projects and an individual major project.

Special features

  • Student visits to local courts and the Old Bailey.
  • Job-shadowing a Crown Court judge and other professionals in criminal justice.
  • Guest lecturers from Crown Prosecution solicitors and other specialists from the field of criminology.
  • Criminology Society.
  • Volunteer opportunities with local agencies including Crimestoppers.
  • Attendance at criminology conferences.

Associated careers

Our course offers a stimulating and rigorous opportunity to a wide range of students. Criminology graduates have embarked upon diverse careers in many fields, such as the National Probation Service, the Police, the Prison Service, Youth Justice, the Home Office, scenes of crime work, the court system, social policy, research and much more.

Entry Requirements

88 UCAS tariff points.

A levels required;
2 A levels and 1 AS level in related subjects. 

BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject.

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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