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Criminology

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30,P:0

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

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Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Criminology

You will immerse yourself in all aspects of criminology to understand how and why crime occurs at local, societal and global level. Based at our Fusehill Street Campus in Carlisle, you will develop a critical insight into the work of the criminal justice system in bringing offenders to justice. We will encourage you to sharpen your sense of social justice by exposing you to the realities of crime committed by the powerful and relatively powerless, and the different ways these impact victims.

From the outset, you will be able to satisfy your curiosity about criminology in innovative ways, such as exploring how crime stories are told. Through developing creative criminology research skills, you will be empowered to produce knowledge, not just learn it. Our strong links with criminal justice and community-based organisations and groups in Cumbria will provide you with excellent volunteering opportunities and job prospects.

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to work in any aspect of criminology. You may decide to work directly with offenders in a probation, prison or community-based setting, or, focus your career on the needs of victims. You will also be ideally placed for a career in crime policy or postgraduate criminology research.

From the outset, you will be able to satisfy your curiosity about criminology in innovative ways, such as exploring how crime stories are told. Through developing creative criminology research skills, you will be empowered to produce knowledge, not just learn it. Our strong links with criminal justice and community-based organisations and groups in Cumbria will provide you with excellent volunteering opportunities and job prospects.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

But you won’t just 'learn about’ criminology theoretically, you’ll apply your knowledge to real-life issues and modern day problems – giving you the edge as a future expert in this fascinating subject area.

You’ll have the flexibility to shape your degree with modules that interest you and fit your intended career path, because your employability is important to us.

- Our close links with the Police, Solicitors Regulator Authority, the British Psychological Society, Law Society and a number of voluntary and commercial organisations provide you with great job prospects

- Tutors regularly contribute to national and international research and policy debates, so you get up-to-date learning on key issues in the study of crime and criminal justice

- Taught in small classes, so we get to know you well and guide you in your studies

- Volunteering opportunities with organisations connected to the criminal justice system

- Student-led Criminology Society with socials, film nights and crime reading group

- Academic tutors are former or practising professionals in diverse fields including policing, probation, substance misuse, domestic violence work and the law

- Study in Carlisle, within 30 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. So, you’ll never be stuck for something to do when you’re not studying

- Employability is woven into our course through practical sessions and up-to-date learning, so you can get a firm grasp of the skills that employers require.

So, for a criminology degree that enables you to develop a critical understanding of the complex nature of crime and its impact on society and bolsters your career prospects, look no further.

**Modules**

**Year one**
Crime and Deviance
Criminal Justice System
Becoming a Criminologist
Crime Stories
Crime and Social Justice
Global Crime

**Year two**
Explaining Crime
Bringing Offenders to Justice
Prison and Punishment
Real World Research
Social Exclusion
Crimes of the Powerful

**Year three**
New Challenges in Criminology
Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System
Victimology
Research and Practice
Dissertation

Modules

Year one - Compulsory Modules:

Crime and Deviance,
Criminal Justice System,
Becoming a Criminologist,
Crime Stories,
Crime and Social Justice,
Global Crime.
Year two - Compulsory Modules:

Explaining Crime,
Bringing Offenders to Justice,
Prison and Punishment,
Real World Research,
Social Exclusion,
Crimes of the Powerful.
Year three - Compulsory Modules:

New Challenges in Criminology,
Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System,
Victimology,
Research and Practice,
Dissertation.
Optional Modules:

Criminal Law and Evidence, or
Representations of Crime.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Business, Law, Policing 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.

91%
high
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

74%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
62%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
29%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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, social policy and anthropology

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
31%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Protective service 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.

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

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

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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