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What makes Criminology at Worcester special?

As an academic subject criminology has its basis in both academia and practice with a primary focus on research and debated explanations for crime, victimisation and deviance, and responses to those crimes, by societies and individuals.

The inter-disciplinary nature of the subject is mirrored in the construction of the programme. The core discrete criminological learning is complemented by modules in Psychology, Law and Sociology, prompting shared learning with students from other disciplines. It is an active and lively course that moves away from traditional teaching of the social sciences to embrace the contemporary and innovative topics and practices of 21st century criminal justice.

Key features

  • The programme is designed for individuals who have an interest in developing their knowledge and critical understanding of crime, its causes and impact on the victims and wider society.
  • The criminology graduate is able to engage with and draw upon a range of intellectual and critical processes in decisions they make in everyday practice.           
  • Develops the students understanding of the legal framework and criminal justice responses to crime.           
  • Can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis. 
  • Year 3 is open to all professionals who are working, or have already worked in the sector and wish to gain a degree qualification through the RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) system.              

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

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Course content

What will you study?

The course is comprised of mandatory and option modules studied over a two semester year. Modules include:

Year 1


  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 1: The Legislative Context
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 2: Policy and Politics
  • Applying Sociology
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Families and Criminality

Year 2


  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective
  • Crime, Race, Gender & Risk
  • Media and Crime


  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Policing in England and Wales
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Delivering Rehabilitation

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Children, Young People and Crime


  • Terrorism and Extremism
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety
  • Substance Misuse

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, workshops and seminars. As part of your learning you will also be asked to attend areas of the criminal justice system such as the Court, to observe the sector in an operational setting. There is also some online learning activities and group activities where you will be provided with a structure of independent learning through which you will learn to organise and prioritise your research and design and develop your learning strategy. This will be supported through formative feedback and personal academic tutoring. Personal Academic Tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You will also have an opportunity to apply to study at the University of Malta for a semester of the second year. This opportunity will offer you a chance to study with students from many different countries and experience modular learning from a different institution. It will expose you to a very different way of life, culture and practices that will enhance your personal and academic development and your future employability.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 14-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  •  4 hours lectures
  •  6 hours interactive workshops
  •  4 – 6 hours group activities
  •  1 – 2 hours other activities (observations, online activities)

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 14 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve researching, reading, planning and designing projects, completing formative and summative assignments, working with other students in group activities and meeting with your PAT or Supervisor, writers in residence or librarian.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include case studies, essays, exam (these are from other subject areas) presentations, videos, reports, posters and a final year independent study.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 2 x essay
  • 2 x case study
  • 1 x presentations (group)
  • 2 x report
  • 1 x Poster presentation                 

Year 2

  • 1 x video and leaflet (group)
  • 1 x research proposal
  • 3 x essay
  • 2 x case study
  • 2 x presentations

Year 3

  • 1 x Independent Study
  • 1 x essays
  • 1 x case study
  • 2 x presentations
  • 1 x report


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

The team includes senior academics with previous professional experience and professional practitioners currently worked within the sector.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 50% per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Anne Eason

    Senior Lecturer and Course leader for the BA (Hons) Criminology who is a qualified HE Teacher and Fellow of the HEA. She is also a qualified probation officer and has many years of operational experience in both probation and the drug and alcohol services.

  • Kate Bramford

    Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Applied Criminology and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She is a qualified Social Worker and has many years of experience in the probation service.

  • Dr Kirsty Mcgregor

    Criminology lecturer who has recently completed her PhD and is working towards her PGCTHE.

  • Dr Clive Sealey

    Senior Lecturer and Associate Fellow of the HEA, Clive’s teaching focuses on the important of social policy and its relationship with criminology and crime.

  • Les King

    Les is a retired Probation Officer and former Police Officer and delivers the Policing in England and Wales module.

  • Kate Parsons

    Kate is a practicing Senior Probation Officer and is currently undertaking the PGCTHE. She has many years of experience in the probation service and the criminal justice sector.

  • Dr_Gillian_Harop

    Dr Gillian Harrop

    Gill is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychologist and is a member of the British Psychological Society.

  • lesley-spiers-sociology-university-worcester-profile

    Lesley Spiers

    Lesley is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and the Associated Head of the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts.

  • Bill Say

    Bill is an Australian Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working within the drug, alcohol and mental health sector. He is a registered NLP Practitioner and Director of a charity Aspie for adults on the Autism Spectrum.


Where could it take you?

Criminology graduates are able to engage with and draw upon a range of intellectual and critical processes in the decisions they make, including the identification and significance of different value positions to everyday practice. 

This means that they make decisions which are not only rigorously analytical in scope, but also demonstrate active engagement with the different value positions representative  of the groups, communities and institutions involved in crime and criminal justice. 

Graduates will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge that will attract employment from a variety of agencies and organisations in the criminal justice sector, whether public, private or 3rd sector.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:

Criminology BA (Hons) L311

Joint Honours:

See our Criminology degrees page for Joint Honours options.


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

Anne L Eason
01905 542809