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Are you interested in why people commit crime? Do you want to explore what society does to reduce offending?

Criminology combines sociological and psychological approaches to understanding deviant behaviour and society’s response to criminal acts.


Course Benefits

Learn from the experts. Our courses are developed and taught by active researchers within the field of criminology.

Take charge of your learning through group discussions and collaboration.

We work closely with criminal justice practitioners, ensuring your course content blends theory and applied criminology.

You’ll be assessed by coursework instead of exams. We do this so you have the chance to demonstrate a deeper understanding and application of theory in a variety of assessment forms.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You’ll explore a wide range of topics, from examining the role of the media in how we understand crime and justice, to explanations for serious violent crime by both individuals and the state. We’ll look at ethical issues arising from historical and cultural differences in the definition and management of crime, as well as how to understand people at the margins of both society and criminal justice, such as women and young people.

Experience is crucial, so you’ll put theory into practice on your two professional work placements. You’ll benefit from our links with local criminal justice agencies, which will give you the chance to gain degree-relevant work experience.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have a thorough knowledge of how the Criminal Justice System works, including how society is policed and individuals are punished. Using the key theories and practices of criminology, you’ll also develop critical thinking skills that will enable you to ask key questions about crime, deviance, and social control.


Year 1

Year one is focused upon introducing you to the discipline of criminology. The year will commence by exploring the theoretical development of criminology. You will be challenged to explore your own conceptions of crime and the ethical issues associated with dealing with criminalised individuals. The psychological reasons for offending will be explored and you will be introduced to the discipline of forensic psychology. Towards the end of year one you will study in detail the various components and aims of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales, exploring all the agencies that an offender encounters from the police through to the courts, prison and probation services. You will also be introduced to the key research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of crime.

Year 2

Year two builds upon the core knowledge that you’ll have developed in your first year. You will explore the extent of serious violent crime within society and exploring the theoretical accounts for violent offending will also be investigated. During semester one you will also study a specialised module in policing which will cover the historical development of the police, the powers of the police, and the challenges faced by the police force in contemporary society. Deviant subcultures and groups involved in criminality will be explored in the second semester, alongside the role of the media in how we understand crime and justice. You will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminology research, including a court room observation, before finishing the year completing your professional placement.

Year 3

The final year of our criminology programme focuses upon one of the main issues currently facing the criminal justice system: punishment and rehabilitation. You will explore the UK’s National Offender Management Service in detail from prisons to probation. You will explore the range of contributions that forensic psychology offers in the rehabilitation of offenders including: treatment programmes, interventions, and forensic mental health hospitals. During the third year we will also push you to think critically about criminology and criminal justice, in order to understand how criminal justice is not always the same as social justice. Within the final year you will also study child and youth justice alongside exploring the issue of domestic violence. Throughout the entire final year, you will undertake a specialised and independent piece of research, or an independent social project, with one-to-one supervision from one of your tutors. 

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

  • PSY4202 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • SOC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SOC4022 - Introduction to Criminology
  • SOC4032 - The Criminal Justice System
  • SOC4042 - Contemporary Research 1
  • SOC4082 - Understanding Murder
  • SOC4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability

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

  • PSY5202 - Forensic Psychology in Theory and Practice
  • SOC5002 - Serious Violent Crime
  • SOC5032 - Policing
  • SOC5042 - Contemporary Research 2
  • SOC5072 - Cultures of Crime
  • SOC5222 - Professional Placement 2
  • SOC5252 - Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)

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

  • CYP6072 - Child and Youth Justice
  • PSY6402 - Applied Forensic Psychology
  • SOC6004 - Independent Social Project
  • SOC6012 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6044 - Professional Research Project
  • SOC6082 - Critical Criminology

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 16.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 203 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 857 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 167 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 879286 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 10.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 129 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,071 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

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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.


Assessment

 

Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% written exams

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 84.4% coursework; 15.6% 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.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

​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​sions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​​.

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

​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.

Sarah Barnes

​​My name is Dr. Sarah Barnes and I'm the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Criminology. 

I'm heavily involved in the programme development and very excited about the prospect of it starting in a few months’ time. 

I've worked for a wide ra​nge of agencies associated with the Criminal Justice System including the courts, police and probation services. 

I'm very passionate about working with offenders and reducing re-offending as an aim to reduce the number of people who become victims of crime. 

My research interests focus around sexual offending, victims of crime and gaining gender specific services for female offenders.

Academic staff profiles

BA (Hons) Criminology combines sociological and psychological approaches to help understand the causes of criminal behaviour and what interventions can be put in place to reduce it. 
Our lecturers are both professionally qualified and have experience in the area of criminology and related fields. 
Our students get a good grounding to become a competent and ethical practitioner.

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Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students have completed placements in a wide range of roles and organisations, including forensic hospitals, HM Prison Service, the Police National Computer, Leeds City Council anti-social behaviour project, crime prevention projects, charities that support ex-prisoners, charities that support the homeless and drug and alcohol abusers, and educational providers for children with behavioural problems.

More about placements

A Criminology degree opens doors for a wide range of careers across the Criminal Justice System, including police, prison and probation services. Your degree will give you a good grounding to become a competent and ethical practitioner, which you could use to work directly with offenders as a probation officer or prison services officer. You will also be well-prepared for a more analytical role, such as data analysis for HM Prison and Probation Service or local government.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Criminology and MRes Social Research. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

 
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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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.

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90%

of our students are satisfied with their learning opportunities, making us the top University in Yorkshire for student satisfaction with learning opportunities (NSS 2017).

90%  

of Leeds Trinity University students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).

97%

of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity University above all other universities in Yorkshire and 17th nationally (DLHE 2016).

Work Placements​ 

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year.

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