BA (Hons) Criminology

Are you interested in the problem of crime in contemporary societies? If so, our Criminology course may be for you.

As a Criminology student, you will investigate the nature of crime and criminality as well as studying societies response through the criminal justice system.

You'll learn about the social and personal impacts of crime and what it means to be a victim of crime. You will understand how societies control and punish disorder and study forms of transnational crime that cross-national borders. Criminology takes a social scientific approach to studying and classifying crime as well as exploring theories around criminal behaviour. In addition to theory, you will study the institutions of the criminal justice system including police, law courts, prisons and probation services.

Students will get the opportunity to take trips to the Crown Court (including the Old Bailey) and participate in the Peterborough Crime Walk, police riot training and prison visits. As a Criminology student, you will learn how to conduct independent research drawing on a range of methods utilised by social scientists. You'll also be encouraged and supported to adopt an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to social issues working collaboratively with students from other disciplines to find solutions.

Finally, you will hone in on your future career path, testing your interests and skills working with local organisations and building your professional network for when you graduate. You will have the opportunity to undertake a live research project with a range of local partners and undertake research that makes a material difference to people's lives. This will enable you to graduate not just with a good degree but a range of real-world experience which will help you progress into your desired career. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

88 UCAS points in any subjects:

  • A-levels (CCD or AB)
  • BTEC (MMM)
  • Cambridge Technicals (MMM)
  • Access to HE (45 credits)

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Academic and Professional Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Politics, Ideology and Society (15 credits)
  • Exploring Crime and the Media (15 credits)
  • Popular Culture Representations of Crime and Criminal Justice (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Exploring Issues with the Courts (15 credits)
  • Violence in Contemporary Society (15 credits)
  • Prisons and Punishment (15 credits)
  • Advanced Criminological Theory (15 credits)
  • Policing and Investigation (15 credits)
  • War, Globalisation and Security (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Global Transnational Crime (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy and Implementation (15 credits)
  • Investigative Psychology (15 credits)
  • Youth Justice (15 credits)


  • Sex, Sexual Violence and Society (15 credits)
  • Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits)
  • Live Research Project (15 credits)
  • Exploring Employment (15 credits)
  • Deviance in Pleasure and Leisure (15 credits)

If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

  • Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

40% Lectures
20% Seminars
40% Workshops

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • 90%    Coursework
  • 10%  Practical Exams

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • 80%    Coursework
  • 20%  Practical Exams

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • 90%    Coursework
  • 10%  Practical Exams

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience to aid their career development.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Probation Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Victim Support Worker
  • Police and Emergency Services
  • Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Local Government Officer

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Criminology degree at University Centre Peterborough. I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since March 2014 on a number of modules including Theories of Deviance, Violent Crime, Cultures of War and Sex, Sex Offending and Society. My HE experience includes being a personal tutor for Sociology and Criminology students. I also supervise as well as mark undergraduate dissertations in these degree programmes.

Criminology has always been one of my favourite applications of Sociology, as the Sociology of crime. It offers the chance to explore the theories behind why people commit crime, the types of crime committed by social characteristic, the impact of environmental, social and structural factors on criminal behaviour, and exploration of the role and legitimacy of the criminal justice system. Criminology is an interdisciplinary course that integrates applications from Sociology, Law, Media and Psychology, providing many opportunities to engage in broad Social Science theoretical and philosophical debates.

My current research interests include hate crime and the impact on Islamophobia, directed particularly at Muslim women. I will be looking forward to studying this further for my PhD. This research will incorporate both Sociological and Criminological research and theoretical frameworks.

The comprehensive teaching experience I have obtained has helped me to develop a pedagogic philosophy of teaching involving a reciprocal relationship between teacher and students. Therefore, I see my teaching role as being one where I am a partner in learning, which I have been able to put this into practice.

I organise the Undergraduate Dissertation Conference for final year students to present their dissertation ideas and progress to an audience of their peers as well as guest panelists from industry. The conference have included many distinguished guest panelists including Peterborough's Poet Laureate, Newsreader Carol Hinds, and Ray Bisby the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire to name a few.


  • MPhil Sociology, University of Leicester
  • BSc Sociology, University of Leicester
  • PGCE (Secondary) Social Science, University of Leicester

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

If you are currently studying

University Centre Peterborough are committed to supporting all of our applicants who are currently studying A-level, BTEC, Access to HE or other qualifications. We want everyone achieve the best possible outcomes and we will support applicants in the coming months so they are not disadvantaged in any way due to recent changes in exams and grading. All applicants should continue to work hard as this will help teachers assess your ability and help prepare you before starting your higher education or degree course.

When to apply

We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2022.


  • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 26th January 2022 
  • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.


  • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Friday 25th February to Monday 4th July 2022.
  • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.


  • From Tuesday 5th July 2022 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
  • Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
  • If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
  • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.

Types of offer

When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

  • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
  • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
  • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

Applicant days

  • We will be holding an Applicant Day for new students on Saturday 20th March 2021.
  • This invitation only event is available to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer. It will give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions to help prepare you before starting in September 2021.
  • If you are still deciding on where to study then this day can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

Advice Sessions and Open Days

  • If you would like help with your application, more information about student finances or have any questions, then you are welcome to book onto one of our regular Advice Sessions where you can speak to a member of staff for help and advice.
  • During our Open Days we run a series of talks on a variety of topics including applications and student finance.
  • For dates and times of the latest Advice Sessions and Open Days visit

Key Facts

Institution code
Tariff points
Validated by:
The Open University

Peterborough Campus

Duration and Delivery

Full-time 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
September 2022

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

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BA (Hons) Criminology

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