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What makes Criminology with Policing* at Worcester special?

This course allows you to develop an understanding of criminology from varying perspectives, in areas such as crime, criminality and also victims and vulnerability, while also gaining specific policing knowledge. The course is aligned to the College of Policing Core Curriculum, which puts you in a great position to pursue a career in the police force. It is also relevant to the private security sector.

At Worcester you’ll be taught by practitioners who work in their specialist fields. So you learn from real-world experience, and get a genuine taste of the work you could be doing after you graduate.

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Key features

  • Designed for individuals who wish to join the police service, prison or private security organisations
  • You'll have the opportunity to develop specific police skills and/or knowledge and critical understanding of specific areas of criminality or leadership skills
  • Develops your understanding of the legal framework and criminal justice responses to crime
  • 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
  • Can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

Other information

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

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 1: The Legislative Context
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 2: Policy and Politics
  • The changing perception of policing – core skills
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Individual Differences in Criminal Justice Practice

Year 2


  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective
  • Media and Crime
  • Policing in England and Wales
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Crime Investigation


  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Blackbox Thinking and Emotional Intelligence
  • Criminal Law

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Public Protection and multi-agency working
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Victims and Vulnerability


  • Cybercrime and Internet Security
  • Leadership and performance management
  • Prisons, Terrorism and Extremism
  • Substance Misuse
  • Mental Health in the context of offending behaviour and the criminal justice system

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.


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. 


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 essay
  • 2 x case study
  • 1 x presentations (group)
  • 2 x report
  • 1 x Poster presentation                 

Year 2

  • 1 x video and leaflet (group)
  • 1 x research proposal
  • 3 x essay
  • 2 x case study
  • 2 x presentations

Year 3

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


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.

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:

  • Institute-of-Health-Society-Anne-Eason

    Anne Eason

    Senior Lecturer and Course leader for the BA (Hons) Criminology who is a qualified HE Teacher and Fellow of the HEA. She is also a qualified probation officer and has many years of operational experience in both probation and the drug and alcohol services.

  • Bill Say

    Bill is an Australian Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working within the drug, alcohol and mental health sector. He is a registered NLP Practitioner and Director of a charity Aspie for adults on the Autism Spectrum.

  • Dr_Gillian_Harop

    Dr Gillian Harrop

    Gill is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychologist and is a member of the British Psychological Society.

  • lesley-spiers-sociology-university-worcester-profile

    Lesley Spiers

    Lesley is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and the Associated Head of the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts.

  • Kate Parsons

    Kate is a practicing Senior Probation Officer and is currently undertaking the PGCTHE. She has many years of experience in the probation service and the criminal justice sector.

  • Les King

    Les is a retired Probation Officer and former Police Officer and delivers the Policing in England and Wales module.

  • Dr Clive Sealey

    Senior Lecturer and Associate Fellow of the HEA, Clive’s teaching focuses on the important of social policy and its relationship with criminology and crime.

  • Dr Kirsty Mcgregor

    Criminology lecturer who has recently completed her PhD and is working towards her PGCTHE.

  • Kate Bramford

    Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Applied Criminology and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She is a qualified Social Worker and has many years of experience in the probation service.


Where could it take you?

From 2020 all new police officers in England and Wales will be required to have been educated to degree level. Our programme is aligned to the College of Policing core learning of communication, ethics and integrity, evidence-based policing and leadership and management providing students with the required skills for candidacy.

This course can also lead to a broader range of roles within the prison service or private security sector for example, or as a pathway to post-graduate education.


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How much will it cost?


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 £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.

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 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £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 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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.

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Anne L Eason
01905 542809