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If you are interested in why people commit crime and what society does to reduce offending, then Criminology is the course for you. Criminology combines sociological and psychological approaches to understanding criminal behaviour.

By the end of the course you will have a thorough knowledge of how the Criminal Justice System works to prevent crimes occurring, how offenders are punished and rehabilitated back into society and the key theories and practices of Forensic Psychology.


Course Benefits

  • Developed and taught by experts in the field of Criminology.
  • The course is taught in a mixture of lectures and student-led discussion groups.
  • All assessments are coursework based meaning there are no exams!

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

​You will have the opportunity to specialise in such topics as the effects of domestic violence, ethical issues arising from historical and cultural differences about the definition and management of crime as well as how to work effectively with specialist populations, such as juvenile offenders.

Work experience in the Criminal Justice System can be difficult to get - you often need experience to gain experience! Our professional work placement scheme gives you the opportunity to work for six-weeks in an area of your choice. We have great links with local Criminal Justice Agencies to help you gain relevant work experience.

A degree in Criminology will give you a good grounding to become a competent and ethical practitioner. Criminology opens doors for careers across the Criminal Justice Service, including police, prison and probation services, as well as the option to continue to postgraduate study​.

Read our full course terms and conditions.


Year 1

Year one is focused upon introducing you to the discipline of criminology. The year will commence exploring the development of criminology throughout history examining how accounts for crime causation have adjusted. You will be challenged to explore your own conceptions of crime and the ethical issues associated with dealing with offenders. 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. Finally, you will finish the year by undertaking your first professional placement.

Year 2

Year two builds upon the core knowledge that you’ll have developed in your first year. You will explore the psychological accounts for sexual offending and the variety of issues associated with sexual offenders. Examining 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 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

The final year of our criminology programme focuses upon one of the main issues currently facing the criminal justice system, that being 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. 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 choose an academic member of staff who will supervise you on one-to-one basis to undertake a specialised and independent piece of research.​

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


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 – 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​​​​

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​

Placements are always managed very well from the beginning to the end.

Wendy Moore

Co-ordinator at STEP - Supporting the Elderly

Professional Work Placements

Criminology student placements typically involve working with a client or service group that is relevant to the student's career aspirations.

Examples of the types of placement that our previous students have worked in include: forensic hospitals, HMP Leeds, working on the police national computer database, Leeds City Council anti-social behaviour project, crime prevention projects, charities that support ex-offenders, charities that support the homeless and drug and alcohol abusers, and educational providers that provide education to children with behavioural problems.

More about placements

Criminology provides a good basis to go into a wide range of careers, from the police service to working within social services or youth justice. This can be in a role where you work directly with offenders, such as becoming a probation officer or prison services officer, or a more analytical role, such as data analysis for the National Offender Management Service or Local Government Authority.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MSc Criminology and MA Sociology. 

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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Our campus


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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.

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


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


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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