School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Criminology and Social Policy

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

Criminology and Social Policy combines the study of crime with our new social policy degree which has a focus social change.

Criminology and Social Policy combines the study of crime with our new social policy degree which has a focus social change.

Why choose this course?

Criminology and Social Policy combines the study of crime with our new social policy degree which has a focus social change. In society we face critical problems that pose challenges for the health and wellbeing of our society, such as crime, persistent poverty, food insecurity and climate change. How can we create solutions that tackle these problems – and why have we not done so already? 

Within Criminology, you will not only study who commits crime and why, how they are punished, and how crime is controlled, but you will also 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.

The Social Policy element of your degree will examine how social problems are identified, talked about and responded to, by politicians, by the media and by us, as citizens. It will further look at the relationships between government and society, and critically review how social policy has failed to address deep-rooted inequalities experienced by certain individuals and communities, relating to age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, locality, religion and sexuality.  Modules will allow you to explore the social divisions in our society and how we, as citizens, can play a role in bringing about the social change needed to enhance social inclusion. Therefore this degree will provide opportunities to engage with organisations and individuals within our community, whether that is through learning activities, applied research or volunteering.


What happens on the course?

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.

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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

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.

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.


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.


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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