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Criminology with Police Studies

BA Combined Honours

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Criminology with Police Studies

BA Combined Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019  Sept 2018 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
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Course Overview

This course is an exciting opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of Criminology whilst having the opportunity to explore issues related to policing in some depth. You will have the opportunity to study a range of subjects as part of your Criminology and Police Studies course including the Criminal Justice System, causes of crime, debates about rehabilitation and punishment, police investigation, community policing and policing sexual exploitation.

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Why study with us

  • Acquiring a detailed critical understanding of criminology and policing studies.
  • Having the opportunity to reflect upon policing and allied occupations so that they are better informed as to whether these would be suitable future careers for them to pursue.
  • Being to undertake work-related learning by undertaking placements.
  • Having an opportunity to develop a specialism in policing studies that few criminology undergraduates have.
  • A course of study that is contemporary and internationalised.
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Course Information

About this course >

Your studies will provide you with a wide range of knowledge and understanding of theories that have informed both the disciplines of Criminology and Police Studies.

Alongside studying key substantive areas of Criminology and Police Studies, you will be able to undertake research related topics. Your course will also provide you with an opportunity to undertake professional work placements that will enhance your future employability.

The combination of modules offered will make your Criminology with Policing Studies degree relevant and useful to you when you enter a variety of careers. It is anticipated that graduates will enter careers in the police, the charity sector, social services, teaching and a variety of roles within the criminal justice system. Postgraduate study might also be pursued.

The programme aims to produce confident, articulate, knowledgeable and critical graduates with the transferable skills to enable them to enter a wide range of graduate roles.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Further Study
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MSc Criminology and MA Sociology. 

Modules >


Year 1

You will develop an understanding of criminology and police studies. Within the first semester you will explore how theorising about the causes of crime has evolved throughout history. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the British Police Service alongside exploring the journey that has led to the development of contemporary policing. Additionally, you’ll be challenged to address your own preconceptions of crime whilst encouraged to consider the variety of ethical and social justice issues that arise within policing. Towards the end of the first year you will study in detail the various components and aims of the criminal justice system in England and Wales, exploring the agencies that an offender encounters from the police through to the courts, prison and probation services. Key research techniques will be introduced that are used to enhance our understanding of crime. Finally, you will finish the year by undertaking your first professional placement.

Year 2

How psychology contributes to routine police practice alongside how psychology can aid complex criminal investigations will be investigated. You will also explore the aims and practices of community policing and how this is evolving within contemporary society. In semester one you will also take a closer look at the serious violent crimes that occur within UK society. In semester two you will explore deviant subcultures and groups involved in criminality which may include football hooligans, honour based violence and child criminality. You will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminology research before finishing the year completing your second professional placement.

Year 3

In the final year of this unique degree, the discipline of forensic psychology will be introduced and you will explore in-depth child sexual exploitation and the challenges associated with investigating and preventing this contemporary societal issue. You will also get the opportunity to study the process of criminal investigation and the challenges that face the contemporary homicide investigator. Within your final year you’ll be required to undertake your own independent piece of research alongside having the option to tailor your degree to their particular interest from the study of domestic violence to the study of the UK penal system.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SOC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SOC4022 - Introduction to Criminology
  • SOC4032 - The Criminal Justice System
  • SOC4042 - Contemporary Research 1
  • SOC4062 - Introduction to Police Studies
  • SOC4082 - Understanding Murder
  • SOC4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SOC5002 - Serious Violent Crime
  • SOC5042 - Contemporary Research 2
  • SOC5062 - Contemporary Issues in Police Studies
  • SOC5072 - Cultures of Crime
  • SOC5082 - Psychology and Policing
  • SOC5222 - Professional Placement 2

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY6222 - Forensic Psychology
  • SOC6004 - Independent Social Project
  • SOC6012 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6042 - Crime and Policing Special Subject
  • SOC6044 - Professional Research Project
  • SOC6062 - Policing and Sexual Exploitation
  • SOC6072 - Criminal Investigation and Serious Crime
  • SOC6082 - Critical Criminology

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 15.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 199 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 861 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 169 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 881 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 10.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 130 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,070 hours of independent teaching

​​At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here


Modules on this programme are taught in sessions that facilitate interaction and there is provision for small group and individual support also.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements at Level 4 and Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 students focus on a topic of their choice within a 40 credit research project which offers extended opportunity to develop critical thinking. There is opportunity at Level 6 to build upon previous placement experiences by developing connections with employers.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year.  You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.



Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% written exams

Year 2 – 83.3% coursework; 16.7% practical exams

Year 3 – 96.9% coursework; 3.1% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

For our Clearing 2018 entry requirements please give us a call on 0330 058 4266

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admis​​​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs
We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online​

Placement Opportunities

​Professional Development and Placement is a compulsory part of level 4 and an option at level 5. It is anticipated that students will undertake placements with charities, schools, community projects, youth work settings and victim support organisations.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates might enter one of the following professions, or use their transferable skills to enter most areas of graduate employment which can include: the police, associated policing professions, education, social work, Youth Offending Teams, research, the charity sector and social services. It is anticipated that some graduates will also enter post-graduate study.

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What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Criminology Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.

If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.