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Criminology BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU015

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
September 2018

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Our Criminology degree aims to guide you through all aspects of crime to ready you for a fulfilling career in the criminal justice field.

What are the causes of crime? How can crime be prevented? Do prisons work? What are the alternatives? Is sentencing fair? These are the cutting-edge questions posed by criminologists today and ones which are covered in detail on this course.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Studying Criminology at Coventry University provides the opportunity to examine many aspects of a diverse subject, in a way that is engaging and creates a hunger to know more.

Mollie Jenkins, Criminology BA (Hons)

Course information

Our degree programme aims to equip you with a critical perspective on a wide variety of phenomena associated with crime, victimisation, punishment and criminal justice, with a focus on its causes and the various means by which society and social groups attempt to deal with it.

You can gain a detailed understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system, policing and different aspects of punishment, enhanced by regular interaction with criminal justice agencies. You should hear regularly from guest speakers from different sectors of the criminological spheres, such as the Prison Service, Police, UK Borders Agency and Youth Offending Team. We also organise a number of practical field trips – in the past visiting Rye Hill and Onley prisons, The Old Bailey and The Holocaust Centre. 

90%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

In the first year the course aims to provide a general introduction to the study of crime. You will take the following modules: Introducing Criminology: Controlling Crime; Victims and Victimology; Representations of Crime; Introducing Criminological Research; and Academic and Professional Skills.

Modules

  • Introducing Criminology

  • Controlling Crime

  • Academic and Professional Skills

  • Representations of Crime

  • Criminological Perspectives

  • Victims and Victimology

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The second year introduces you to a range of topics around the key institutions that deal with crime including prisons and punishment, policing, media and culture and community safety. You will also undertake the planning of a research study as well as a module that allows you to develop career interests through a practice-based study.

Modules

  • Prisons and Punishment

  • Policing and Society

  • Crime, Media, Culture

  • Community Safety and the Environment

  • Careers for Criminologists

  • Criminological Imagination

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Optional enhancement year:

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year focuses on issues connected with crime and you will be given the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge; firstly through a module that introduces a series of current issues of criminological interest, and secondly through an individual research project that leads to the production of a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Modules on crime and social diversity and forensic mental health are also undertaken at this level, as well as a module that builds your employability profile through exploring enterprise in practice.

Modules

  • Current Issues in Criminology

  • Criminology into Practice 1 and 2

  • Crime and Social Diversity

  • Forensic Mental Health

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University is ranked 12th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2018.

In more detail...

  • Optional field trips (e.g. prisons, The Old Bailey, The Holocaust Centre).
  • Experienced teaching staff who bring both professional and research expertise in to their teaching.
  • Strong links with employers including Police, HM Prison Service, and Coventry Youth Offending Service.
  • The opportunity to visit the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, the Stasi museum in Berlin and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.
  • Guest speakers from different sectors of the criminological spheres such as the Prison Service, Police, UK Borders Agency and Youth Offending Team.

Your course will be based on a series of workshops with some lectures, associated seminars and individual or small group tutorials.

Meet our staff

Dr Brian Moss

Course Director

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An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 80%
  • Practical or project work: 15%
  • Formal examinations: 5%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

80% assessed by coursework, tests and essays

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: tutorials (or individual project supervision) and online support arranged according to the requirements of the module.
  • Medium-group teaching: 6-8 hours of workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 4-6 hours of lectures each week

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 15-20 hours each week of self-directed study.

You are able to undertake an Erasmus-funded study year abroad at an overseas institution. You may elect to do this following the successful completion of your second year.

There are also opportunities in the second year for a field trip to Krakow to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as the Stasi museum in Berlin and the chance to visit John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Studying Criminology at Coventry University provides the opportunity to examine many aspects of a diverse subject, in a way that is engaging and creates a hunger to know more.

Mollie Jenkins, Criminology BA (Hons)

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU015
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BCC, excludes General Studies. DMM. 27 points. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma in a science or health subject to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents. 

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

Studying Criminology at Coventry University provides the opportunity to examine many aspects of a diverse subject, in a way that is engaging and creates a hunger to know more.

Mollie Jenkins, Criminology BA (Hons)

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children


The following are additional items not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

Studying Criminology at Coventry University provides the opportunity to examine many aspects of a diverse subject, in a way that is engaging and creates a hunger to know more.

Mollie Jenkins, Criminology BA (Hons)

Career prospects

A criminology degree from Coventry can provide you with a basis for applying to a wide range of relevant professions such as the prison, probation and police service, to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety, security and crime prevention.

We hold an annual Criminology Volunteering Fair which is attended by Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support and many more, providing excellent professional networking opportunities. We currently have a partnership arrangement with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers, the first scheme of its kind in the country.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

£20K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £20,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

Studying Criminology at Coventry University provides the opportunity to examine many aspects of a diverse subject, in a way that is engaging and creates a hunger to know more.

Mollie Jenkins, Criminology BA (Hons)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.