School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Criminology and Criminal Justice

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

Why choose this course?

Criminology and Criminal Justice is the study of what crime is, why people commit crime and what happens when they do.

During your degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Wolverhampton, you will study all the main areas of the subject – including the who commits crime and why, how they are punished, and how crime is controlled. You will be able to study a range of cutting-edge research-focused specialist modules that particularly interest you or may assist in your future career. These include, for example, working in the criminal justice system, police and society, rehabilitation of offenders, victimology, environmental crime, modern punishment, and youth justice and youth crime.

You will be taught by lecturers who are actively researching in their fields together with those working in the criminal justice system, plus a wide variety of other guest speakers. You will also have opportunities to go on relevant trips including prisons and courts. 

Your degree is highly focused upon building your employability profile and transferable skills ready for the workplace. As part of that, completion of your modules will enable you to receive the University of Wolverhampton Employability and Enterprise Award at Silver Level. You will have the opportunity to undertake work placement modules as part of your degree together with gaining further volunteering experience skills should you wish. You will also undertake a research project on an area of your choice which particularly interests you, or that you may wish to work in after graduation.

What happens on the course?

Crime and its impact are at the forefront of current political and social debate; therefore a degree in criminology and criminal justice 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.

During your course you will study criminological theories and gain an understanding of the development of policies and practices within the criminal justice system in England and Wales. 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 justice system through punishment and sentencing, policing of society, probation and rehabilitation of offenders, victimisation, as well as social inequalities and the law.

In your final year of study, you will also undertake a piece of individual research on an area of criminology or criminal justice that particularly interests you, and which will further develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills. This course is also suitable if you are currently working in a related profession and want to enhance your existing knowledge and skills.

Students who graduate from the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice course will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of crime, victimisation, social harm, and their consequences, both theoretical and applied. Subject specific topics, such as knowledge of the social processes of crime and the criminal justice system, human rights, rehabilitation and desistance, criminal justice history, and youth crime will be explored and complemented by the type of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in the graduate job market. These include the ability to present and develop a cohesive argument, the development of a wide range of IT skills, research and problem-solving skills, communication skills, and working effectively as part of a team.

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Everything you need to know about this course!

We pride ourselves on our supportive culture, with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care together with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree. We will help you achieve the very best work that you can throughout the rich, fascinating and varied subject matter that our degree offers; and to gain as many wide-ranging transferable skills and practical work experience as possible to enhance your future prospects.


As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment and specifically to employment within the criminal justice system and related areas.
  2. Understanding of 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.
  3. A critical and reflective approach to criminological theory and the practices of the criminal justice system.
  4. A broad range of transferable skills, both personal and academic, enabling you to maximise graduate employment opportunities.
  5. The ability to undertake research using relevant research methodologies and communicate findings appropriately.
  6. Critical awareness of social, political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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