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Undergraduate Course

Criminology with Police Studies BA (Hons)

Challenge traditional notions of crime, examine cultures of policing, and engage with practitioners of criminal justice.

On this course you will study crime and deviance and consider the challenges and functions of modern policing. By combining these subjects you will use criminological theories to examine complex social problems related to policing, debating and challenging perspectives on crime and policing.

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94% of Criminology with Police Studies BA (Hons) students thought that staff made the subject interesting. (National Student Survey 2022)

94% of Criminology with Police Studies BA (Hons) students thought that staff are good at explaining things. (National Student Survey 2022)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – L3N2
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022, September 2023
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

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Course overview

Combine the study of crime and deviance with the exploration of the police service's response to these issues. Together we will consider recent changes to the police service and how this affects their protection of the public. You will discuss controversies facing the sector with your classmates and examine how the police engage with victims, offenders and witnesses.

As you progress through the degree you can choose from a range of modules covering varied topics. This allows you to tailor your degree to your interests and future career ambitions.

On specialist modules you will learn the qualitative and quantitative research methods and apply them to your own research. We will introduce you to the different theoretical perspectives you will use to analyse topics such as:

  • Victimisation
  • Community policing
  • The criminal justice system
  • Police culture
  • Prisons and punishment

You will also have opportunities to engage with professionals working in different sectors. You can learn from their experiences and ask advice to help you prepare for the future. 

We will help you develop your critical thinking skills so you can back up your ideas with evidence and reason. Our team of academic staff will support you throughout your studies. They are all active in social research, meaning the material you cover is the most relevant it can be. Work with them in seminars, workshops and 1 to 1 tutorials and let their expertise become your own.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you study each semester will depend on whether you are a full time or part time student. 

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study: 

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Gain the knowledge and skills you need for successful study at university. We will introduce you to different approaches in social science research, and support you to develop an awareness of the philosophical, practical and ethical debates that inform them. You will gain skills in academic reading, researching, writing and presenting. By building these skills at the start of studies you will be equipped to make the most of your course and succeed in the field of social science.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is your introduction to theories of crime, deviance and transgression. You will study the history of criminological thought from the Enlightenment to the present day, and consider how it has evolved. We will start by looking at classicism, and move on to study positivistic theories and later critical forms of criminological theory. You will consider all of the theories alongside the social contexts in which crime and deviance occur today. Through this you will investigate the nature, cause and treatment of crime.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module provides an introduction to modern policing. You will consider the purpose and responsibilities of a modern police force, and evaluate about what it means to police society. We will encourage you to think about how policing has adapted to effectively serve a diverse and dynamic society. Studying this module will help develop your understanding of how the police service operates and how it engages with offenders, victims and witnesses.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore the idea that criminal behaviour can be prevented and, where that is not possible, can be justifiably punished. You will study the social construction of punishment, the purpose of punishment, and how we can evaluate its success. You will also consider different approaches to crime prevention, paying attention to both formal and societal approaches to policing. As part of your exploration of prevention, you will also consider rehabilitation techniques and how this can prevent reoffending.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will consider how some people are socially and culturally constructed as more vulnerable. You will also think about how society and the justice system interacts with these victims. This will allow you to recognise and evaluate the factors, such as age and gender, that can contribute to experiencing crime. This includes an exploration of how ignoring a victim can weaken attempts to handle crime.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will study developments in contemporary policing and learn about the types of community policing that are emerging as a result of these developments. We will introduce you to signal crimes, signal disorder and the development of problem orientated policing and partnership working. You will consider the relevance of community policing to different social phenomena, and develop a policy proposal to enhance community policing.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and 1 optional module in semester 2

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will build on the skills you gained in the first year module, Research and Presenting, further developing your knowledge, skills and techniques in qualitative research. You will examine and evaluate a range of qualitative methods, considering their strengths and weaknesses. Throughout the module we will encourage you to reflect on the ethical issues involved in qualitative research.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will focus on your employability. You will consider career opportunities that interest you, and plan how to gain the experience you need to secure employment after graduation. Not only will you consider your future in the workplace, you will apply your knowledge to discuss the changing nature of work and employment, and how power and inequality affect it. Guest lectures from experts in different professions will give you the chance to learn from their experiences and explore careers you may not have considered before.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will build on your knowledge of the criminal justice system as you study some of the ethical issues and controversies facing the institution. You will discuss claims that suspects' rights have been eroded over time, and address the ways victims are treated by the criminal justice system. You will discuss competing theories of punishment and social control, and consider how crime is becoming increasingly political.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the relationship between crime and the economy. We will introduce you to the key themes in economic thought and the practices that are used to explain crime. Topics covered in the module include:

  • Social class, poverty, and crime
  • Crime and economic recession
  • Economic theory and crime
  • Austerity and crime
  • Environmental crimes
  • International finance and crime

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the issues of race, ethnicity and structural inequality in society and criminal justice systems. We will introduce you to different theoretical perspectives on ethnicity, crime, victimisation and patterns of punishment. This will allow you to reflect on the policing and social control of minority groups across the world. You will study historical and contemporary accounts of minority groups' exposure to social control practices and experiences of criminal justice systems across the UK, Europe and the USA.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the culture of contemporary policing through a series of case studies addressing key issues in modern police practice. It offers an insight into the culture of the Police as an organisation, both locally and nationally within England and Wales. You will consider:

  • The roots of cultural awareness
  • Issues such as language, misogyny and racial bias
  • The importance of subcultures within Policing
  • How cultures are researched
  • Multi Agency working
  • Policing by consent or by legislation
  • How to implement change

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will study how research has informed policing styles and strategies from the mid 70s to the present day. You will explore police culture and consider how embedding new methods and instigating change can cause difficulties. Starting with the Standard Policing Model, you will think about how developments in intelligence and community policing have started to challenge the traditional reactive methods.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will study quantitative research. You will look at the different sources relevant to sociological study, learn about the quantitative research process, and identify the most commonly used methods. We will support you to obtain your own primary data through surveys and to access and evaluate secondary data. You will also perform basic descriptive statistics on the data you gather, and write up your findings.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • Your Criminal Investigation module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 optional module in semester 1
  • 2 optional modules in semester 2

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This your opportunity to conduct an extended piece of research focusing on an area of policing which interests you. This could be an issue which is relevant to contemporary or historical policing, either locally, nationally or internationally. You will learn to conduct research in a systematic, ethical and reflective way, and to accurately record and analyse data. You will agree your research topic with a supervisor, who will support you throughout the process.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine the historical, legal, social and cultural elements of the sex industry. You will develop an understanding of the current politics of sex work reform, both locally and globally, evaluating research studies on crime, justice and the sex industry. In seminar groups you will investigate and debate the major criminological approaches to sex work, including feminist and queer theories.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will gain an understanding of the theoretical foundations of critical criminology. You will examine new views of crime, power and control and consider how you can use these to understand local and global crimes. You will analyse power structures, inequalities and surveillance systems through the perspectives of feminism, Marxism and abolitionism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Understanding youth is an essential part of understanding societal vulnerabilities, policies, cultures and inequalities. This module gives you the opportunity to build that understanding. You will engage in discussion about the nature and construction of youth and explore the cultural aspects of young peoples' lives. Focusing on youth justice, you will also analyse aspects of contemporary youth policy and consider different sociological perspectives on youth and resistance.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will investigate professional and organised crime in Britain. You will explore its evolution and history, considering how organised crime was sometimes perceived as a craft requiring apprenticeship by working class communities. You will examine concepts of entrepreneurship, consumption and overt narcissism as primary features of organised crime. Finally, we will look at the drugs market and consider how it has transformed the criminal landscape.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the social context of death by analysing how societies define, interact with and portray death. You will develop an understanding of the role death plays in contemporary cultures and societies, examining how attitudes to death are changing. You will cover a range of themes including:

  • Death tourism and death in museums
  • Consuming death, murder, and murderabilia
  • How death is managed on social media
  • Obituaries and the cultural dissemination of death
  • Corpses, cremation, burial and disposal

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will study crime in the media in a way that goes beyond traditional topics. You will draw on new developments in criminology to explore how crime is presented in video games, wound culture, and the aesthetics of crime. You will also think about the role crime plays in stories, about voyeurism, and the impact the media has on policymaking.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will focus on imprisonment and penal policy. You will engage with debates about the value of prison as you critique arguments on its value as punishment, as a deterrent, and as rehabilitation. By engaging with the theory, practice and history of imprisonment you will evaluate the development and use of prisons within the justice system. You will also examine the philosophy of punishment and consider how social control is fundamental to aspects of social relations.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

We deliver your modules through:

  • Lectures - explore different Criminology themes and issues
  • Seminars - discuss, debate and analyse material from your lectures
  • Workshops - discuss a topic with your peers

You will usually study 3 modules per semester. Each has 2 to 4 hours of contact time a week. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will be expected to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, writing tasks and research. You can also arrange academic tutorials with your module tutors throughout the year to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

Assessment types vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Annotated bibliography
  • Essay
  • Online portfolio
  • Podcast
  • Presentations
  • Research proposal

For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve your academic writing.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Criminology with Police Studies

On this course you will gain valuable skills which can lead to a variety of different career paths, some of which are directly related to criminology, and some which allow you to apply your skills more broadly. You will gain research, analytical and presentation skills that are in high demand in a range of careers. This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Criminal justice
  • Law enforcement
  • Government organisations
  • Educational institutions
  • Social work
  • Youth work

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate courses

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C, GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

This course is available with a foundation year.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

You can choose between 2 possible foundation year routes for this course, depending on where your interests lie:

Law, Policing and Social Sciences foundation year

If you are interested in the connections between law, crime and society, then the Law and Social Science foundation year is the perfect choice for you. This course explores contemporary topics related to crime, policing, criminal justice, law and sociology. It draws on the expertise of both research staff at York St John University and our external partners. This Foundation Year will equip you with all the skills you need to thrive at undergraduate level on courses in criminology, law, policing and sociology.

Law, Policing and Social Sciences foundation year

Liberal Arts foundation year
If you are interested in the broad implications of Criminology for society and culture, drawing on its connections with other subject areas, then you can choose the Liberal Arts Foundation Year. This is an interdisciplinary Foundation Year that explores topics and approaches across the humanities, languages and social sciences, including Sociology, Politics, History, Geography and Film and Media.

Liberal Arts foundation year

 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK, or internationally (outside the UK). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry onto this course is:

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time

These prices apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page:

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

International 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this course is £13,000 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree:

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk.

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