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What makes Criminology at Worcester special?

As an academic subject, criminology at university has its basis in both academia and practice. Our criminology degree holds a primary focus on research and debated explanations for crime, victimisation and deviance, and responses to those crimes, by societies and individuals.

The inter-disciplinary nature of the subject is mirrored in the construction of the criminology course. The core discrete criminological learning is complemented by modules in Psychology, Law and Sociology, prompting shared learning with students from other disciplines. It is an active and lively course that moves away from traditional teaching of the social sciences to embrace the contemporary and innovative topics and practices of 21st century criminal justice.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Our criminology degree is designed for individuals who have an interest in developing their knowledge and critical understanding of crime, its causes and impact on the victims and wider society.
  • Criminology graduates are able to engage with and draw upon a range of intellectual and critical processes in decisions they make in everyday practice.
  • Develops your understanding of the legal framework and criminal justice responses to crime.
  • Can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis.
  • Year 3 is open to all professionals who are working, or have already worked in the sector and wish to gain a degree qualification through the RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) system.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level)

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 1: The Legislative Context
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 2: Policy and Politics
  • Applying Sociology

Optional

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective
  • Crime, Race, Gender & Risk
  • Media and Crime

Optional

  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Policing in England and Wales
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Delivering Rehabilitation
  • Optional language modules 

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Children, Young People and Crime

Optional

  • Terrorism and Extremism
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety
  • Substance Misuse
  • Cybercrime and Internet Security
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, workshops and seminars. As part of your learning you will also be asked to attend areas of the criminal justice system such as the Court, to observe the sector in an operational setting. There is also some online learning activities and group activities where you will be provided with a structure of independent learning through which you will learn to organise and prioritise your research and design and develop your learning strategy. This will be supported through formative feedback and personal academic tutoring. Personal Academic Tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You will also have an opportunity to apply to study at the University of Malta for a semester of the second year. This opportunity will offer you a chance to study with students from many different countries and experience modular learning from a different institution. It will expose you to a very different way of life, culture and practices that will enhance your personal and academic development and your future employability.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 14-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 hours lectures
  • 6 hours interactive workshops
  • 4-6 hours group activities
  • 1-2 hours other activities (observations, online activities)

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 14 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve researching, reading, planning and designing projects, completing formative and summative assignments, working with other students in group activities and meeting with your PAT or Supervisor, writers in residence or librarian.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include case studies, essays, exam (these are from other subject areas) presentations, videos, reports, posters and a final year independent study.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 2 x essays
  • 2 x case studies
  • 1 x presentation (group)
  • 2 x reports
  • 1 x Poster presentation

Year 2

  • 1 x video and leaflet (group)
  • 1 x research proposal
  • 3 x essays
  • 2 x case studies
  • 2 x presentations

Year 3

  • 1 x Independent Study
  • 1 x essay
  • 1 x case study
  • 2 x presentations
  • 1 x report

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

In person teaching from September

We intend to start the academic year as planned in September 2020.

For many years, the majority of our teaching has taken place in small group settings such as seminars, laboratory classes, tutorials, clinical simulation and other practical sessions. We are planning to continue to teach these in person, while strictly following the Government safety guidelines in place at the time.

Other sessions will be delivered through a blend of in-person and online learning. You can read more about this approach in our coronavirus FAQs.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

The team includes senior academics with previous professional experience and professional practitioners currently worked within the sector.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 50% per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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Amy Johnson

Amy has been a lecturer at the University of Worcester for four years. Amy enjoys bringing real-world challenges and issues into her classroom and draws upon her experience of working with various client groups (homelessness, addictions, offending and domestic abuse) to demonstrate application. Specifically, Amy enjoys listening to her student’s ambitions and supporting them throughout their degree to reach their potential. Amy has been working with organisations across Worcestershire to ensure students have the best volunteer and work placement opportunities.

Amy enjoys researching offending behaviour and exploring how the criminal justice system is set up to support individuals with behavioural challenges and those who have a lower intellectual ability. Amy has an interest in the development of behaviour change interventions and evidence-based practice, particularly within the community and healthcare settings. Most recently, Amy is working on a large scale research project relating to the development of an integrated intervention targeting men in substance use treatment who perpetrate intimate partner abuse. Over the past twelve months, Amy has been delivering intimate partner violence and ADVANCE training all over the UK to practitioners at substance use services.

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Beverley Gilbert

Beverley has over 30 years of experience working within the criminal justice system.  She was a Police Officer in Birmingham deployed in various uniform and plain clothes roles, including in plain clothes surveillance roles and as a Detective Family Protection Officer. As a Probation Officer, Beverley worked with individuals who posed a high risk of causing harm, including perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence.  She was a semi specialist officer working with custodial cases, including those serving Life and Indeterminate Sentence prisoners. Beverley has been a sessional Expert Domestic Violence Risk Assessor for London based DViP and the Family Courts in the London and Greater London areas.

Beverley works internationally connected to gender based and domestic violence. She is an Individual UK Member of WAVE (Women Against Violence in Europe).  She is author of the Malta Government’s Multi Agency Risk Assessment Meeting guidelines (MARAM) and author of the Full Cooperation: Zero Violence Professionals’ Train the Trainer package, regarding multi agency best practice with those experiencing gender based and domestic violence.

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Pat Hayward

Pat completed her MA in Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence from the University of Worcester in November 2014.  She has been an Associate Lecturer for University of Worcester since 2015, completing her PGCE in 2017.

Pat has taught on modules for the MA Understanding Domestic & Sexual Violence, and many undergraduate courses within the School of Applied Health and Community and School of Nursing and Midwifery working with student Midwives and Paramedics and providing outreach training for Hospital and Community Midwives.

Pat has also worked within the School of Psychology as course tutor on the undergraduate Criminology module on Domestic Abuse running in 2019-2020.

Her special area of interest is how domestic abuse affects parenting and its impact on the health of babies and children. Her previous research has explored the impact of domestic abuse on the mother - child attachment and the role of the Health Visitor in supporting mothers and identified how health services need to be more innovative in the identification and delivery of their services in order to be more responsive to the needs of families experiencing domestic abuse. 

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Jenna Page

Jenna Page is a lecturer in Criminology and has worked at the University of Worcester for two years. Jenna's criminological interests include animal rights and welfare, criminal justice and youth justice. Jenna currently leads on the modules Criminological Theory, Criminal Justice, Families and Criminality and Children Young People and Crime.

Prior to moving into academia Jenna was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal executives and specialised in housing litigation law. One of Jenna's particular interests as a litigator was anti-social behaviour.

Jenna enjoys her current roles as a Personal Academic Tutor and Admissions Tutor within the Criminology Team. In particular Jenna enjoys visiting prospective students at colleges to talk to students about life as a University of Worcester criminology student. Jenna is currently studying her Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

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Max Hart

My name is Max Hart and I am Lecturer in Criminology within the department of Violence Prevention, Trauma and Criminology at the University of Worcester. I gained my BA (Hons.) degree in Criminology in 2017 and my MA in Criminology in 2018.

I have worked at the University of Worcester since October 2019, before this I worked as a Research Assistant at Birmingham City University and volunteered for a small charity who support homeless groups in Birmingham, with whom I still support in my free time.  

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Graduates from our criminology degree are able to engage with and draw upon a range of intellectual and critical processes in the decisions they make, including the identification and significance of different value positions to everyday practice.

This means that they make decisions which are not only rigorously analytical in scope, but also demonstrate active engagement with the different value positions representative of the groups, communities and institutions involved in crime and criminal justice.

Studying criminology at university will give you a wide range of skills and knowledge that will attract employment from a variety of agencies and organisations in the criminal justice sector, whether public, private or 3rd sector.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:

Criminology BA (Hons) L311

Joint Honours:

Criminology and Psychology BA/BSc (Hons) - L3C8
Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons) - L301

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

L311

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