BA (Hons) Criminology

Studying criminology provides you with the opportunity to consider issues such as fear, sex, violence, youth offending, war, terror, genocide and moral panics in an environment where you are encouraged to ask questions, engage in debates wherever possible.

Starting with an introduction to criminology, you will be taken through some of the most important skills you will need for the field, as well as being introduced to how the media portray crime, victims, offenders and the criminal justice system, whilst learning about the different agencies within the criminal justice system.

During your second year you will consider in more detail theories of crime, as well as focusing on the police and courts system, before exploring prisons, cultures of war and violent crime. In the second semester you will have the opportunity to start thinking about your major project (or dissertation) to be completed in your final year, and explore how you will go about this, by narrowing down your topics of interest and exploring research methods.

Your final year will investigate different methods of profiling and how successful these really are, as well as writing your major project. You will also have the opportunity to consider how policy comes about and how it works in practice, as well as delving into youth justice and invisible crimes for a more specialised focus.

Studying criminology introduces you to a wealth of transferable skills such as learning how to write reports, engage in healthy discussion and debates, develop your writing, attention to detail and time-keeping.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • Lecturers have their own specialist areas as well as knowledge and experience gained from working or volunteering in the field.
  • 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.
  • We have links with charities and agencies looking for volunteers so you can gain experience and explore employment opportunities.

2017 National Student Survey (NSS) results

BA (Hons) Criminology

50.00%    Overall satisfaction
57.50%    The teaching on my course
55.00%    Assessment and Feedback
66.67%    Academic support

88 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical 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.

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)
  • History of Crime and Criminology (15 credits)
  • Skills for Criminal Justice (15 credits)
  • Crime News and Criminology (30 credits)
  • Political Ideologies and Social Controversies (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales (30 credits)
  • Media and Crime (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Policing and Crime Control (15 credits)
  • Theories of Deviance, Crime and Social Control (15 credits)
  • Trials and Errors: Justice and Courts (30 credits)
  • Violent Crime: Body and Mind (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Penology (15 credits)
  • Project Preparation (15 credits)
  • Cultures of War (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Youth Justice Controversies (15 credits)
  • Criminology in Policy and Practice (15 credits)
  • Comparative and Global Criminal Justice (15 credits)
  • Investigative Psychology (15 credits)
  • Plus 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

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).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 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:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Seminar
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Written examination
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Dissertation (final year)

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

After graduating you can gain employment with the police or probation service, within the courts or in the voluntary sector. Current graduates have secured employment with Cambridgeshire Constabulary as police constables and call handlers at BeNCH CRC and with St Giles Trust. We will introduce you to the voluntary sector where you can gain experience and develop your skills and relationships.

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Criminology degree at University Centre Peterborough.  I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since April 2016 on a number of modules including Policing and Crime Control, Perceptions of Crime, Violent Crime, Cultures of War and Sex, Sex Offending and Society to name a few.

I previously worked for a charity across the Thames Valley for two years, working with victims, offenders and their families.  During my time there I worked on a project which recruited volunteers to mentor offenders on their release from prison, meeting them when they were released and helping them to settle back into the community.

A major part of my role was developing the restorative justice project, coordinating the Hub which offered victim-initiated restorative justice, offender initiated restorative justice (both as part of a Community Order and whilst serving a sentence in prison) and presentence restorative justice. 

I also trained as a restorative justice facilitator and volunteered for the service.  This role allowed me the opportunity to work with a number of different agencies within the Criminal Justice System, not only statutory agencies but also charities, and allowed me to spend some time working within the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) at a time of dramatic change as the CRC and National Probation Service (NPS) split took place.

My BA (Hons) in Criminology was completed in 2012 and I completed my Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2014 with a specific focus on Restorative Justice.  My research involved conducting qualitative interviews with practitioners within the Criminal Justice System as a means to identify how restorative justice was implemented across Bedfordshire.  Research interests include Media and Crime, Female Offenders, Victimology, Restorative Justice, Violent Crime, Policing, Sex Offending, Offender Resettlement and Rehabilitation, and the Criminal Justice System.


  • MA Criminology and Criminal Justice, City University London
  • BA (Hons) Criminology, University of Bedfordshire
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), Anglia Ruskin University

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 17th September 2018

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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BA (Hons) Criminology

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