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, and 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.

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 home 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 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.

  • There are trips to the Crown Court (including the Old Bailey), Peterborough Crime Walk, police riot training and prison visits.
  • We have guest speakers from the police, probation service, restorative justice service, crown court and various criminal justice charities.
  • Build a professional network in the criminal justice sector in Peterborough and the wider region.

88 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

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


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.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should 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, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. 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.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

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)
  • Globalisation and its Effects (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)
  • Youth Justice (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Research Project / Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits)
  • Global Transnational Crime (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy and Implementation (15 credits)
  • Exploring Employment (15 credits)
  • Plus 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway

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 includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one full day a week over two semesters per year).

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

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 20%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 20%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 20%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

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

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Probation Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Victim Support Worker
  • Police and Emergency Services
  • Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Market Research
  • Local Government Officer
  • Teacher / Lecturer

Salima Murji

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 panellists from industry. The conference have included many distinguished guest panellists 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 for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

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


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, 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 a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to 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.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

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

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

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

6 years part-time 
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019 or w/c 27th January 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% 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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