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Criminology and Policing (BSc)

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This programme is subject to re-validation.

The BSc in Criminology and Policing aims to provide students with an in-depth insight into criminology and policing. Why people commit crime, what deters people from crime, the policing of crime, victimology, the penal system and the wider criminal justice system will be explored. This degree aims to prepare students for a career within the criminal justice system, whether that be policing, prison and probation services, youth work or research (to name a few).

Your studies will prepare you for a career in the field of criminology and policing by developing your professional skills and intellectual skills, including critical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity and reflection.

You will gain a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of the institutions, practices, policies and processes relating to law, justice and punishment that emerge in response to crime at local, national and global levels and how these have developed.

Knowledge and understanding of professional policing standards, situations and contexts will be build and specific areas of policing responsibilities, evidence-based decision making and management of crime, covered.

Transferable skills nurtured on this programme include research, interpretation, critical evaluation and the ability to turn theory into practice as well as preparing you for research or further study in your field.


Criminology and Policing (BSc)
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Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.

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Contact Email: criminology@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Laura Knight

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. The course has developed strong links with local organisations to allow for relevant and professional work experience. Giving our graduates the best possible springboard from the academic to the working world. Some of the volunteer work opportunities that have been developed will allow for students to play an integral part of a professional working environment and will give a clear and in-depth insight into the profession.

  2. The course team provide a friendly and open environment for students to learn and develop. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The excellent levels of student care are reflected in the NSS results of the course and students feel valued and supported throughout their university career.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course will give you an understanding of the criminal justice system, social, cultural foundations in understanding crime, effects of criminal and deviant behaviours and contemporary criminology and policing.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BSc)

  • Behavioural Dynamics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Criminal Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Evidence-based Policing and Decision Making (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Legal Process (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Preparing for Employment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Study Skills (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BSc)

  • Police, Policing and Society (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Preparing for Criminological Research (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Social Inclusion, Victimisation and Welfare (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Terrorism and Public Service Responses (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Volunteering: the Gateway to Employment (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Conducting Investigations (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Crime and Vulnerability (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Gender, Race, Religion and Crime (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Serious and Organised Crime (20 credits; compulsory).

The programme uses a range of assessment methods to provide students with the opportunity to extend their academic and practical skills and to encourage independent research.

Numerous innovative assessment methods are adopted such as Vlogs, presentations and role play as well as traditional assessment methods in the form of essays and exams.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Related Links

Public Service

Swansea Business Campus

Volunteering with the South Wales Police

Key Information

Entry Criteria

96 UCAS points

Career Opportunities

The course team has developed very close links with a number of professional organisations in both the public sector and legal services fields. This has allowed for close consultation on the development of course content and the availability of unique work experience opportunities.

The course works closely with South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police and has developed a volunteer work programme for the students to gain valuable experience and insight into the profession. 

This will put the students in a more advantageous position to gain employment in their chosen profession. 

The course provides a good opportunity for students who would be interested in the Fast Track route into the Police.

The course works closely with other Public sector organisations, all of which have legal departments.  The combination of both legal and public sector understanding and knowledge would be seen as a benefit to such a position.

The team has developed close relationships with local Law firms and developing work experience opportunities which would benefit the students if they chose to extend into further legal study.

Additional Costs

This course has no additional costs.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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