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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Entry requirements

A level


We also accept other combinations equivalent to 120-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


29 points from the IB Diploma, with 655/754 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

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


Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma


Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)


Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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


120-128 Tariff points.

T Level


UCAS Tariff


120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course

This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option


Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022




Why do people commit crimes? And what should we do about it? From offender to victim, punishment to rehabilitation, this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree asks questions about the causes and consequences of crime. The answers may surprise you. They’ll certainly help you choose the right career path.

As you become an expert on the criminal justice system in England and Wales, you’ll develop skills for a range of careers – from policing and prisons, to probation and rehabilitation, as well as roles fighting fraud in the private sector or influencing Government policy. And because crime doesn’t respect borders, this course also gives you a uniquely international perspective.

**Course highlights**

- Explore the latest national and international debates and research in topics as varied as hate crime, state crime, terrorism, gang crime and victimology

- Get career-ready with an emphasis on skills and employability, including volunteering opportunities with organisations such as Hampshire Constabulary and local charities like Aurora New Dawn (supporting victims of crime) and Read and Grow Society (helping ex-offenders learn to read)

- Learn from an international team whose experience spans law and criminal justice, policing, probation and more – including a former private detective doing important research into missing persons and an expert in European responses to domestic violence

- Join lively debates in one of the country’s largest criminology departments and contribute your own ideas on how we should respond to crime as a society

- Build a professional network by meeting practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charities

- Customise your degree to match your ambitions: some modules reduce the amount to time you’d need to train for a policing career or as a probation officer ?

**Careers and opportunities**

Crime is a fact of life, which means there will always be career opportunities around preventing it and dealing with the fallout. As our graduates’ career paths show, you’ll complete this course with a range of different professional routes open to you in the public, private and charitable sectors.

There is good demand for jobs in the criminal justice and penal sector. For example, Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has developed a Probation Workforce Strategy to recruit skilled people to probation officer roles and invest in ongoing professional development.

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the police, probation and prison services in areas such as:

- community safety

- crime prevention

- fraud investigation

- youth offending teams

You'll also have relevant skills or knowledge to progress into other areas such as:

- counter fraud roles in banking, the NHS or the DWP

- economic crime investigation

- policy analysis and formulation for councils or the Government

- community rehabilitation

- postgraduate study and research

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for organisations including:

- Hampshire Constabulary, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police, South Wales Police, Kent Police

- National Probation Service

- G4S

- Financial service companies

Roles our previous graduates have gone onto include:

- investigative data analyst

- police officer

- probation service officer

- youth offending support officer

- offender case administrator

- detective

- personnel security analyst

- private investigator

- witness service team leader

Ongoing careers support

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role


Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Crime and Society
- Criminal Justice
- Essential Skills for Criminologists
- Psychology for Criminologists
- Understanding Criminology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Key Issues in Criminal Justice
- Questioning Criminology
- Researching Criminology

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Community Justice
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Cultural Criminology
- Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
- Forensic Developmental Psychology
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
- Gang Crime
- Global Environmental Justice
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Hate Crime
- Introduction to Teaching
- Modern Foreign Language
- Learning from Experience
- Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
- Penology and Prison
- Policing and Society
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
- Psychology and Security
- Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
- Underworlds: Crime, Deviance and Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Placement year (Optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Dissertation / Major Project
- Contemporary Criminologies
- Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Black Criminology, Race and the Criminal Justice System
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
- Crime and New Technologies: Theory and Practice
- Critical Penal Studies
- Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
- Forensic Psychology and Mental Health
- Forensic Psychology: Investigation
- Gender and Crime
- Green Crime and Environmental Justice
- Information Security Management
- Intelligence Analysis
- Introduction to Teaching
- Learning from Experience
- Management of Criminal Investigations
- Miscarriages of Justice
- Money Laundering and Compliance
- Murder Investigation, Key Challenges
- Policing: Law, Policy and Practice
- Policing:Communities, Intelligence and Information
- Political Extremism
- Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
- Social Policy, Justice and Crime
- State Crime
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

group projects
a dissertation or major project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% by coursework

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The Uni

Course location:

University of Portsmouth


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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.

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