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What makes Criminology with Policing at Worcester special?

Our Criminology with Policing degree will prepare you for a range of rewarding roles in the criminal justice system. You'll develop an understanding of criminology from different perspectives, in areas such as crime, criminality, victims and vulnerability.

The policing course content takes key elements of the College of Policing Core Curriculum - a requirement for all student police officers – and combine these with forward thinking elements from other associated professional bodies.

Our criminology and policing modules will put you in a great position to pursue a career in the police force or to work alongside members of a police service. You'll learn from specialist practitioners and real-world experience, so you'll get a genuine taste of the work police officers perform on a day to day basis and work you could be doing after you graduate.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Designed for individuals who wish to join the police service, prison or private security organisations
  • You'll have the opportunity to develop specific police skills and/or knowledge and critical understanding of specific areas of criminology and policing, such as leadership
  • Develops your understanding of the legal framework and criminal justice responses to crime
  • 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
  • Our criminology with policing degree can be studied on a full or part-time basis
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level)

Other information

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

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 1: The Legislative Context
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 2: Policy and Politics
  • Evidence-based Policing
  • Individual Differences in Criminal Justice Practice

Optional

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective
  • Media and Crime
  • Policing in England and Wales
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Black Box Thinking and Emotional Intelligence: Crime Investigation

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Dissertation
  • Public Protection and multi-agency working
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Victims and Vulnerability

Optional

  • Cybercrime and Internet Security
  • Leadership and performance management
  • Terrorism and Extremism
  • Substance Misuse
  • Mental Health in the context of offending behaviour and the criminal justice system
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.

 

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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 essays
  • 2 x case studies
  • 1 x presentation (group)
  • 2 x report
  • 1 x poster presentation

Year 2

  • 1 x video and leaflet (group)
  • 1 x research proposal
  • 3 x essays
  • 2 x case studies
  • 2 x presentations

Year 3

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

Feedback

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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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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Amy Johnson

Amy has been a lecturer at the University of Worcester for four years. Amy enjoys bringing real-world challenges and issues into her classroom and draws upon her experience of working with various client groups (homelessness, addictions, offending and domestic abuse) to demonstrate application. Specifically, Amy enjoys listening to her student’s ambitions and supporting them throughout their degree to reach their potential. Amy has been working with organisations across Worcestershire to ensure students have the best volunteer and work placement opportunities.

Amy enjoys researching offending behaviour and exploring how the criminal justice system is set up to support individuals with behavioural challenges and those who have a lower intellectual ability. Amy has an interest in the development of behaviour change interventions and evidence-based practice, particularly within the community and healthcare settings. Most recently, Amy is working on a large scale research project relating to the development of an integrated intervention targeting men in substance use treatment who perpetrate intimate partner abuse. Over the past twelve months, Amy has been delivering intimate partner violence and ADVANCE training all over the UK to practitioners at substance use services.

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Michelle Clarke

Michelle joined the University of Worcester in 2019 as a Lecturer in Policing having served 17 years with West Mercia Police in a variety of roles. She achieved the rank of Sergeant, serving predominantly as a detective within the Criminal Investigation Department and associated specialist units.

During this time, she discovered a passion for investigating the most serious and complex crimes committed against our most vulnerable members of society, specialising in domestic violence and abuse investigations, and has experience working within associated specialist investigation departments, including Major Incident Units. For the last four years of service, Michelle designed, delivered and co-ordinated the training for the College of Policing accreditation of all newly recruited detectives across West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces.

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Les King

I spent a 45-year career within Police, Probation and working across the entire range of Criminal Justice organisations at a senior level. Having semi-retired in 2015 I took up the role of Associate Lecturing at the University of Worcester within the Criminology Department which I have continued until the present time. I specialise in teaching modules on Policing, Probation and Prisons but are regularly called upon to lecture across a range of subjects that are related to Criminology.

I originally joined the Police as a Cadet aged 16 years in 1970 but I remain as passionate about criminal justice and criminology as the date I commenced working. I love the work and would recommend the subject areas to either study or as a career to anyone providing you enjoy a challenging professional life!

I particularly enjoy teaching undergraduates and illustrating theoretical and academic concepts by drawing upon anecdotal experiences and relating these to practice.

Paul Williamson

Paul has substantial experience across the full spectrum of local, regional, national and international crime investigation and intelligence work in Policing. Over more recent years Paul has gained experience at the National Crime Agency (NCA). 

Paul is currently responsible for all of the NCA operational and investigative work tackling high end serious organised crime threats across the Midlands, Wales and South West Region.

 

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Our degree in Criminology and Policing can help you pursue a career in the criminal justice system, including:

  • Police force
  • Prison services
  • Private security sector
  • Criminology
  • Pathway to post-graduate education

Our programme is informed by the College of Policing core learning, providing students with the required skills for candidacy. This includes:

  • Communication
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Evidence-based policing
  • Leadership and management

Please note: From 2020, all new police officers in England and Wales will need to be educated to degree level.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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