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BA Hons

Criminology & Law

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Key Facts

Level 6
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
3 Years
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Take a comprehensive look at the law, combined with studying crime, social order and social control that is central to the study of Criminology.


The programme has been designed to appeal to students who may wish to undertake careers within the criminal justice system including probation work, youth work, the police service and the prison service. Alternatively students successfully completing the BA (Hons) Criminology and Law programme can progress onto a Level 7 Masters degree externally in a relevant discipline.

The programme offers an academically focused curriculum which develops a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of crime and criminal justice both nationally and internationally.

The programme offers a broad base of subject knowledge covering issues such as penology, offending behaviour, criminal justice and victimology, in line with the subject knowledge and understanding expected of a graduate of criminology. In addition to this the programme offers a number of legal modules including Criminal Law, Immigration and Asylum Law and Criminal Litigation.

Course Features

Course Structure


Depending upon the pathway selected modules studied include:

Level 4
• An Introduction to the English Legal System (20 credits)
• An Introduction to Criminological Theory (20 credits)
• Legal Skills (20 credits)
• Crime and Media (20 credits)
• Political Ideology (20 credits)
• Youth Crime (20 credits)
• Public Law (20 credits)



Depending upon the pathway selected modules studied include:

Level 5
• Criminal Law (20 credits)
• Research Skills (20 credits)
• Human Rights Law (20 credits)
• Policing and the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
• Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
• Understanding Crime and Criminal Justice (20 credits)
• Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (20 credits)



Depending upon the pathway selected modules studied include:

Level 6
• Dissertation (40 credits)
• Globalisation and Crime (20 credits)
• Crime and Punishment (20 credits)
• Immigration and Asylum Law (20 credits)
• Contemporary Imprisonment (20 credits)
• Criminal Litigation (20 credits)


Entry Requirements


48 UCAS Points or an Access to HE Qualification. Including GCSE grade A*-C or equivalent in English Language and Maths. Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via out APL process for accreditation towards this course. All external applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.

Fees & Funding

 Full-time £6,950 per year.


Course Costs Included in the fees



Course Costs Not Included in the Fees



The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.
Bursaries and scholarships



Other Financial Support





Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Most criminology graduates who go on to further study choose from a range of vocational areas including social work, teaching and law conversion courses.

Some students choose to progress to Masters courses, including MAs in criminology or criminal justice. These courses enhance your subject knowledge, possibly with a view to going on to further academic research. Courses relevant to specific client groups also exist, such as a Masters in alcohol and drug studies.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in criminology.

What do criminology graduates do?

More than two thirds of criminology graduates are in employment six months after finishing their course.

Employed 63.9
Further study 19.4
Working and studying 7.4
Unemployed 4.8
Other 4.5

Source: Graduate destinations for criminology.





BA Hons Criminology & Law