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BA Criminological Studies

This degree is awarded by Hull University

This programme has been created for individuals looking to combine academic study with a desire to possibly seek work within the criminal justice system. This involves professions such as policing, probation, working in prisons and much more community-based work in the many support areas, such as drugs, rehabilitation, housing, mentoring and ex-offender support.

As a student on the programme, you will focus on issues such as the practical workings of the criminal justice agencies, such as the police and prisons, but you will also engage in theoretical, sociological, psychological and philosophical investigation into how we define and manage crime and deviance.
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Duration of Course:

3 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 120 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications.

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4:
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Foundations in Criminology
  • Criminal Justice Institutions
  • Thinking Criminologically
  • Crime and Society
  • Cultural Criminology
Level 5:
  • Policing
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Readings in the Sociology of Deviance I & II
  • Researching Crime
  • Developing a Research Proposal
Level 6:
  • Penology*
  • Forensic Criminology*
  • Human Rights
  • Crime and the Built Environment
  • Victimology
  • Independent Learning Pathways (Dissertation, Enterprise Project, Extended Essay, Work-Based Learning)*

*Signifies Optional Pathways Attendance.

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: traditional methods such as essays, examinations and presentations, but may also support more interactive assessment tools; for example poster production, oral examination, and case studies. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the criminal justice services such as working for the police in a variety of roles; the legal professions; the prison service; probation; community and/or youth work. Other careers include those within mental health, victim support, social care and drug rehabilitation; victim support, housing and community development work.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013