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Criminology and Policing

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

To include a literate subject For entry into Year 2 we would look for ABB to include one from Sociology, Politics, History, Psychology plus one other literate subject

HNC (BTEC)

D

Entry into Year 1 with HNC (BTEC) Health & Social Care

HND (BTEC)

D

Entry into Year 2 with HND (BTEC) Health & Social Care

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

To include a literate subject at S5 or H4

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3

To include a literate subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Health & Social Care Public Services Travel & Tourism

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Entry into Year 2 to include one from Sociology, Politics, History, Psychology, Modern Studies plus one other literate subject

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Police Studies - Graded Unit A Social Science - Graded Unit A Entry into Year 1 with an HNC in one of the following:- Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A Childhood Practice - Graded Unit A Counselling - Graded Unit A Legal Services - Graded Unit A Social Care - Graded Unit A Social Services - Graded Unit A Working with Communities - Graded Unit A

Scottish HND

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- Legal Services - Graded Units AA Social Science - Graded Units AA Entry into Year 1 with an HND in one of the following:- Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A Counselling - Graded Unit A

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

To include a literate subject

UCAS Tariff

104-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Criminology

Policing

Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of contemporary  policing and criminal justice. You’ll learn from both academics and invited speakers with real-world policing experience, getting a genuine feel for key issues related to police work.

In the first two years you concentrate on foundations of criminology and sociology. In years three and four you study the specific areas related to criminal justice and policing, such as:

Criminal investigation and policing in practice.
Cybercrime and policing technology.
Drugs, addiction and society.
Gender, crime and victimology.
The sociology of race and ethnicity.

If you are keen to work for the police, you have the opportunity to apply to be a special constable. This experience puts you in a great position to pursue a career in the police force or to work in the police service after graduation.

We place a strong emphasis on developing your research skills, which are highly valued in the workplace. Whether it's collaboration, assessing evidence, writing reports, researching or completing project work, your criminology studies will make you extremely employable.

After the first two years of study, you can choose to specialise in other areas or carry on studying this pathway. See more in the 'How the Course Works' section below.

Our Criminology degree scored 85% for Teaching and Learning Resources in the 2021 National Student Survey. 

Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't just take our word for it:

The Times and Sunday Times UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2021.
Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback.
National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.

Modules

Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - CRM101 Crime & Punishment; SOC101 Contemporary Social Issues; CRM103 Criminal Justice Processes; SOC120 Social Research in Action 1: Researching Scotland; SOC110 Media & the Digital Society; Abertay 101 Being Successful at Abertay.

You are also required to select three MySuccess modules of your choosing. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment methods

You’ll learn through a blend of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work.

Other assessment methods include supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, and reflective analyses. In your final year, you’ll design and produce a research project under the dedicated supervision of an academic staff member.

Around one third of the course is assessed through examination, although the exact proportion depends on your module choices.

Put simply, we aim to give you all the skills you need to move straight into a job or further study when you graduate.

The Uni


Course location:

Abertay Campus

Department:

School of Business, Law and Social Sciences

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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.

86%
high
Criminology
80%
med
Policing

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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

77%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A

Law

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

58%
Library resources
58%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
20%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other administrative occupations
11%
Other elementary services occupations

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

100%
high
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

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.

£16k

£16k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

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.

Law

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

£23k

£23k

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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