School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

Crime and its impact, are at the forefront of current political and social debate.

Crime and its impact, are at the forefront of current political and social debate.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code MM91
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  • Start Date(s) 20 January 2020, 21 September 2020, 23 September 2019
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

Crime and its impact, are at the forefront of current political and social debate. A degree in criminology and criminal justice with law enables you to explore the reality behind the newspaper headlines on crime and examine a topic which is relevant, topical and has real, practical application in contemporary society. You will also cover a number of key law subject areas which link to the criminology side of your course.

 You will study a wide range of topics covering the legal and sociological issues of criminology and criminal justice, including, the operation of the criminal courts through punishment and sentencing and policing of society as well as   social inequalities and the law. You will cover a range of law areas which are of specific relevance to this field of study.


What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4CJ005 Legal Issues and Human Rights (20 Credits)

4LW017 English Legal System (20 Credits)

4LW011 Constitutional Law (20 Credits)

4LW005 Law of Torts (20 Credits)

4CJ002 Criminal Justice (20 Credits)

4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance or  4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

Year 2

5LW002 Criminal Law (20 Credits)

5CJ002 Theories of Crime (20 Credits)

5CJ006 Punishment and Society or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5LW008 Alternative Dispute Resolution Law and Skills or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

5PH001 Law, Morality and Society or 5CJ009 Victims and Offenders or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5SA009 Communities in Social Policy or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5LW016 Housing and Welfare Law (20 Credits)

5LW004 Advanced Criminal Law (20 Credits)

Year 3

6CJ006 Controlling Crime (20 Credits)

6LW005 Employment Law or 6LW004 Law of the European Union (20 Credits)

6LW002 Research Methods and Project or 6LW011 Business and Community Link in Law or 6CJ004 Counter-Terrorism: Law, Policy and Practice or 6CJ011 Serious and Organised Crime or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6CJ007 Criminology and Criminal Justice Project (20 Credits)

6CJ005 Contemporary Issues in Criminology (20 Credits)

6CJ007 Criminology and Criminal Justice Project or 6LW002 Research Methods and Project or 6LW011 Business and Community Link in Law or 6LW043 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum or 6CJ002 Prisons and Prisoners or 6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6LW034 Internet Law or 6LW042 Law of Criminal Evidence (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Recent graduates in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law are working in a variety of roles including Criminal Justice Agencies, the Police and the National Probation Service, others are employed in related fields such as trading standards, HM Revenues and Customs, the UK Border Agency and social work.

This integrated degree develops skills which are appropriate to a range of careers from the Civil Service to various management roles.
All our courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Master's and Doctoral level.
You could also continue your study of law and undertake the LLM Common Professional Examination at Wolverhampton; to enable you to proceed to the Legal Practice Course or to the Bar Professional Training Course. Provided that you have taken the relevant foundation subjects as part of this course you May be eligible for exemption from part of the Common Professional Examination. For further details on exemption see

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Practical Experience: An opportunity at each level of the course to undertake a placement module which will provide invaluable practical experience. 

Pastoral support: We pride ourselves in our supportive culture, with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care and support together with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree.

Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice.

On succesful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Have knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and procedures of law and criminology and an understanding of how they operate.
  2. Apply knowledge to problem situations and demonstrate the ability to provide solutions to unresolved debates demonstrated over a wide number of legal and criminal justice issues.
  3. Act independently in planning and managing tasks with limited guidance in areas which you have studied and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with blended and technology supported learning.
  4. Understand the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to crime, responses to crime and the practices of the criminal justice system.
  5. Have a critical awareness of social political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system.
  6. Identify and use primary legal sources and journals relevant to topics under study.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

You will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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