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Criminology & Forensic Investigation

University Centre South Essex

UCAS Code: LF64 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Minimum 15 credits at merit or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language GCSE at grade C (4) or above, OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills Maths GCSE at grade C (4) or above, OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Criminology

This course is underpinned by the four key distinct disciplinary strands of Forensic Investigation, Criminology, Criminal Justice and Work Related Skills/Experience. These four strands enable students to analyse contemporary issues from a range of multidisciplinary perspectives, providing essential transferable skills for employment. In addition, the course provides students with a well-rounded knowledge base, application and experience of work-related skills for progression onto higher level educational courses or to relevant industry employment.

The course operates on a modular basis, all of which are compulsory. You will take 120 credits each year. In Year 1 you will take 3 modules weighted at 20 credits and two modules weighted at 30 credits. In Year 2, you will take 6 modules weighted at 20 credits each. In Year 3, the Dissertation is weighted at 40 credits, and you will take two modules at 30 credits and one at 20 credits.

Modules

Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4)

Semesters 1 and 2
CF101 Introduction to Criminology
CF103 Introduction to Policing
CF104 Introduction to Forensic Science

Semester 1 only
CF206 Forensic Taphonomy and Entomology

Semester 2 only
CF205 Role of an Expert Witness

Year 2 for full-time students (Level 5)

Semesters 1 and 2
CF201 Criminological Research Methods
CF202 Criminal Investigation and the Justice System

Semester 1 only
CF203 Cybercrime and Society
CF205 Role of an Expert Witness

Semester 2 only
CF204 Serious Offenders and Imprisonment
CF206 Forensic Taphonomy and Entomology

Year 3 for full-time students (Level 6)

Semesters 1 and 2
CF301 Dissertation
CF302 Professional Development
CF303 Terrorism, Security and Political Violence
CF304 Mass Disaster Studies

Assessment methods

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and the final year dissertation. The grades from formal assessments count towards your final module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:

Year 1
75% coursework 17% written exams 8% practical exams

Year 2
83% coursework 17% written exams

Year 3
100% coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£8,000
per year
EU
£17,930
per year
International
£17,930
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,000
per year
Scotland
£8,000
per year
Wales
£8,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Southend

Department:

Faculty of Higher Education

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

60%
low
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
71%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

48%
Library resources
48%
IT resources
43%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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