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What makes Applied Criminology at Worcester special?

This course has been specifically designed as a preparation for work in the criminal justice field. To facilitate future employment the programme incorporates the knowledge base of the National Occupational Standards from the Skills for Justice Framework.

Work-based learning is a hallmark of the programme. During each of your three years of study you will gain knowledge and experience of work through access to a variety of placements across the justice sector. You will be asked to reflect on your experience and integrate the knowledge and skills gained with offending behaviour related theory.

Key features

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

280 UCAS tariff points

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Life experience is a valuable asset for work in the criminal justice system and related sectors. We therefore welcome applications from mature students.

Other information

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

Other courses are available for students who do not meet these requirements.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Foundations of Practice (National Occupational Standards)
  • Applying Sociology


  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Year 2


  • Professional Practice 1 (National Occupational Standards)
  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective
  • Construction of Crime: Media Representations and Policy Debates
  • Delivering Rehabilitation


  • ‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
  • Policing in the UK

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Professional Practice 2 (National Occupational Standards)
  • Crime, Criminals, Victims and Communities
  • Mental Health in the Context of Offending Behaviour and the Criminal Justice System


  • Domestic Abuse
  • Substance Misuse
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Responses to Crime: The Justice Process

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

  • The teaching programme is participative and interactive depending on discussion and group work as well as more formal lectures and seminars. You will learn by taking part and speaking out and reflecting on the relationship between theory, policy and practice.
  • Over the course of your three years of study you will be encouraged to become an independent learner and thinker. In the first year you are supported by the academic tutorial system and module and practitioner tutor guidance. In the second year you will begin to become an independent learner. By the third year you are expected to be able to study independently with minimal support and will complete an independent study on a topic of your own choice. In your final year placement you will be expected, with guidance, to take responsibility for your own supervised case work.








Where could it take you?


An applied degree in Criminology with practice placements in a range of settings provides an excellent foundation for work within the justice sector, particularly probation. However, as the degree is oriented to the broad field of criminal justice, graduates will be well prepared for entry into the prison and police services, and the increasing opportunities available in the private and third sectors.

Postgraduate study is a further option for instance in Social Work, Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Social Work and Community Studies or other vocationally oriented awards.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Applied Criminology BA (Hons) 5L38


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Kate Bramford
01905 542642