Criminology and Law BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

M930

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Course code:

M930

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLSU183

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Bringing together the closely related disciplines of Law and Criminology, this course explores the widely publicised and often emotive issues surrounding crime, punishment, justice and the legal system.

You will be introduced to the notion of crime, control of crime and legal treatment of crime. Students are taught using a mixture of lectures and small group seminars and ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. This supports students to explore topics more independently, in-depth and see their connection to real-world issues.

Designed and shared by Criminology and the Law School and also having input from International Studies, the programme aims to prepare you to think about deviance, victimisation, punishment and regulation of justice issues. It is designed to give you an opportunity to develop a rounded understanding of public and state responses to crime with guest speakers including staff from prisons, and victims providing real-world learning insights into such topics as mental health, court procedures and custody. Law modules also emphasise putting legal writing and research skills into practice.

Ideal for those interested in careers in criminal justice and with transferrable analytical and problem-solving skills useful in a wide range of jobs, the course considers the strengths and shortcomings of the legal system and the various philosophical, political, social, economic and moral issues which have shaped it and affect us today.

Coventry has a reputation for teaching excellence and excellent professional links with the Police, HM Prison Service and youth Offending Service. Our partnership with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers was the first scheme of its kind in the country.

Ranked 4th for Career Prospects in Criminology and 10th for Teaching Quality in Law – Guardian University Guide 2020.

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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

Our Facilities

Hospital Ward

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Ambulance

Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

SuperLab

SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say...

Studying Criminology at Coventry University allows for the exploration of assumptions beyond our common-sense, delving into the complex nature of crime. Lectures, seminars and workshops are taught in an engaging, stimulating way, encouraging students to work to the best of their ability.

Caitlin Owens 2020

Course information

Ideal for those interested in careers in criminal justice and with transferable analytical and problem-solving skills useful in a wide range of jobs, the course provides you with the opportunity to acquire insight into two complementary fields concerned with the nature of deviance and its composition and treatment by the law and its agents. You will have the opportunity to learn and apply research and analysis skills to theory, agencies and specialist topics including policing, organised crime and legal advocacy.

 

100%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year, we introduce you to the foundation principles of criminology and law – the causes of crime, controlling crime and the basis of the British legal system. We explore core ideas in criminology from key thinkers, such as Bentham, Lombroso, Foucault, Cohen and Young.

You’ll be exposed to a wide-ranging analysis of historical and contemporary issues in the area of social control, crime prevention, criminal justice and the legal system. For example, stop and search law and practices, mental health in relation to policing and custody, vulnerable victims and representation in court.

Modules

  • Year One – Module titles

    • Introduction to Criminology: Theory and Skills
    • Victims and Victimology
    • Exploring Crime
    • Legal Methods I
    • Legal Methods 2
    • Add+vantage module

     

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 major institutions involved in crime control and representation – the police, the prison service and criminal law. We will evaluate the relationships between the police, the state and the citizen, exploring the independence of the police and their accountability. You will also explore the theory and practice of researching crime-related issues in preparation for your final year project.

Modules

  • Year Two – Module titles

    • Researching Crime
    • Punishment and Control
    • Policing and Society
    • Criminal Law
    • Introduction to Practical Legal Skills
    • Add+vantage

     

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

After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

If you wish to do so, you can opt to take the Professional Placement year module or Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and provided that you confirm your interest in undertaking this option before the end of your second year, typically in August.

While these modules are non-credit bearing and do not incur any additional tuition fees, if successfully completed, these modules will appear on your final academic transcript.

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year of the programme is based around the development of your knowledge in contemporary topics. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with a member of academic staff and apply the knowledge of research methods obtained during the first two years of your degree to design and conduct your own piece of research in an area of your choice. In the past, students have researched conviction rates for rape, the prosecution of war crimes in Cambodia and the regulation of environmental crimes.

Modules

  • Final Year – module titles

    • Current Issues in Criminology
    • Violence and Exploitation
    • Research Project in Criminology
    • Global Organised Crime
    • Law of Evidence

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Excellent professional links with employers including Police, HM Prison Service and Positive Youth Foundation.
  • Coventry University is ranked 4th for Career Prospects in Criminology and 10th for Teaching Quality in Law – Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Opportunities to develop the skills employers’ desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication and report writing.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad, which have previously included the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Robben Island and Victor Verster Prison in South Africa and the Stasi museum in Berlin (additional costs may apply).**Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
  • Expert guest lecturers which recently have covered topics including policing and mental health, representing victims of sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, and deaths in police custody (subject to availability).

Links with employers including the Police, HM Prison Service, and Coventry Youth Offending Service.

Your main study themes are:

  • Criminological Perspectives on Crime, Justice, and Society: Exploring the wide spectrum of historical and contemporary criminological theories that help us to examine and analyse criminal activity, crime control, and prevention. These perspectives are applied to a range of criminological issues throughout each stage of the course.

  • Key Criminological Institutions: There is a strong emphasis on applying theory to practice by analysing the work of key institutions within the criminal justice sector, such as the police, prisons, and probation.

  • Applied Research: The course design includes a research thread that encourages students to engage with the idea and practice of research at each level, building expertise that culminates in their major research project in their final year.

  • Professional Practice: All elements of the course are intended to enhance job prospects and we strongly encourage students to gain practical work experience with a structured opportunity to do this offered as an optional enhancement year involving either study abroad or work experience.*

  • Criminal Law: Criminal Law involves wrongs, or prohibited conduct, consequences or states of affairs, which the State is responsible for prosecuting on behalf of the individuals involved. It generally consists of punishing individuals for their wrongful actions and seeks to protect personal or proprietary rights of individuals. You will become acquainted with the principles upon which a person's responsibility under criminal law will be assessed, analysing the nature of criminal offences and developing an appreciation of the circumstances in which people are absolved of responsibility under the law.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability, and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

You are taught using a mixture of lectures and small-group seminars and ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. This combination supports you to explore topics more independently and in more depth. We adopt an innovative approach to learning through involving guest speakers from different spheres of criminological activity such as the UK Borders Agency, practising psychologists, victims, and oversight agencies to provide effective learning insights.

The teaching team comes from a range of specialist backgrounds including mental health, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice to name a few and these feed into a rich and varied range of perspectives that underpins your learning. The teaching you receive will be informed by the research staff conduct and present at national and international conference presentations, and writing for publication on topical issues, such as gun control, drugs, violence, sexual abuse, policing and policy issues.

You will also have the opportunity to engage in international activities. A focus on out of classroom activity emphasises practical field trips to prisons, courts, and destinations including international destinations such as South Africa, Finland, New York, Germany, and Poland.*

We will also support you to apply for work experience through volunteering activities. Agencies such as Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support have attended events held at the university to advertise PCSO and support worker roles. This event also provides excellent professional networking opportunities for posts such as intelligence analysts.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability, and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

The course utilises a dynamic approach to assessing and learning, including digital stories, website design, poster creation and infographics, students undertaking their own research project, and practise in the University Moot room to mirror courtroom scenarios. This approach is intended to encourage student creativity and re-enforce progressive understanding of Criminology and mirrors modern, work-based tasks.

The course utilises a dynamic approach to assessing and learning, including digital stories, website design, poster creation and infographics, students undertaking their own research project and practise in the University Moot room to mirror courtroom scenarios. This approach is intended to encourage student creativity and re-enforce progressive understanding of Criminology and mirror modern, work-based tasks.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theoretical approaches within criminology, including Classical and Radical perspectives, their historical development, and role within contemporary debates.
  • Apply awareness of the background and role of the main agents and institutions, such as prisons and courts, that apply the law to crimes in appraising their work.
  • Advance thinking on topics such as drug use, exploitation, legislation and policing in an international context.
  • Display insight into the options for and application of research methodologies applicable to Criminology, whether library-based or field-based studies.
  • Develop enterprising behaviours by locating appropriate information from a variety of sources (e.g. NGOs, government materials, databases) and critically apply them to issues of justice and crime
  • Work independently and in groups to complete assigned tasks using established and innovative approaches.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-2 hours of tutorials or individual project supervision each week
  • Medium group teaching: 6-8 hours of skills workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 4-6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15-20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision.

As well as offering a range of short international field trips, which have previously included a visit to Krakow in Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a sandwich year spent studying abroad.

The University has links with over 20 institutions in Cyprus, France, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, as well as several other countries around the world. Courses are largely taught in English, but there are opportunities to learn and attend courses in a foreign language (subject to availability, additional costs, application and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements). In the past, students on this course have studied the youth justice system in Malta and the sex industry in the context of people trafficking in Madrid.

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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

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

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU183
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BCC, excludes General Studies. DMM 27 points Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels.
In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects.

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 9-4/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. 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.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

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What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law 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


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK 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


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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 Certificate (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

This degree is designed to provide you with an excellent basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the prison, probation and police service to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety and crime prevention.

You will have the opportunity to gain practical work experience and develop a range of skills and competencies that are intended to set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.

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

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2016/17

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate qualifications and work for a range of organisations, including The National Crime Agency, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, HM Prison Service, Coventry Cyrenians and West Midlands Police.

£20K

Our graduates earn £20,000 on average six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.