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BA (Hons) Criminology with Law

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  • UCAS Code:
    L375
  • Institution:
    B50

Please note that this new course is not yet open for applications as the first start date is September 2021. Applications will open in September 2020, enquire now to be kept up to date with information about this course. 

Does crime shape our legal system or does the law dictate our social reaction to crime?

New for September 2021 entry, this course examines the nature of crime, its causes and the legal responses. Criminology and law are two complementing areas which allow you to investigate legal systems, criminal law and legal evidence, along with the often emotive issues surrounding crime, punishment and justice.

Criminology concerns the systematic study of crime, criminal behaviour and its causes and prevention. This course provides the opportunity to enrich your learning by studying law as a complementary subject. The study of law also exposes a wide range of subjects, methods and techniques some of which are specific to law, but some of which are drawn from the social sciences.

The BA (Hons) Criminology with Law degree will provide the ideal platform for those looking to work within the criminal justice system or in sectors where a broad knowledge of the law is useful, such as policing, prisons and probation services, as well as postgraduate study options. Join us on live chat now to find out more or register to meet us at an Open Day.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week work placement, full time.

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 104 – 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry:  If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of each of the units. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

This course has been created as part of a co-ordinated suite of social sciences courses. When making your choice, we suggest you consider the following specialisations: BA (Hons) Criminology, BA (Hons) Criminology with Psychology, BA (Hons) Sociology & Criminology, BA (Hons) Sociology, BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Anthropology, BA (Hons) Sociology with Politics.

Please note: This degree is not accredited as a Qualifying Law Degree, in accordance with the requirements of Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 291kb)

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The programme offers two opportunities for you to undertake a placement, an optional Placement Learning Unit (20 days or 150 hours) in Year 2 and the Practice Placement (Sandwich option), a 30-week placement taken over the course of a full academic year between Year 2 and your Final Year.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad in locations such as Kosovo where the Department has established links with partners, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally, and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in the subject as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course
  • Have an ability to read, digest and analyse information
  • Can work independently as well as in groups.

Entry requirements

Careers

The course will provide you with the ideal platform for further specialisation in many careers, such as policing and probation services that require the expertise that this course will give you. You’ll develop a range of analytical and communication skills during this course that will serve you well when you enter the workplace.

Cost and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by expert staff who have an in-depth knowledge of criminology. As well as being skilled educationalists, members of our team are actively engaged in research and professional practice, which are integrated into the teaching of this course. In addition to our criminology team, you will also have the benefit of the input of others with particular areas of expertise, including senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. Please note that staff can change.