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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:M931
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

Criminology examines the problem of crime, why people offend and how crime is controlled.

This course will prepare you for a career in the criminal justice system or wider human services as you develop both theory and practical skills and understand how to apply them in real-world settings.

World-leading research into community safety, offending and youth justice informs this course.


  • Develop your research skills through your independent project
  • Study informed by world-leading research with staff expert in research and professional practise in Criminology
  • Develop the ability to make sound judgements based on your in-depth knowledge
  • Explore your commitment to the principle of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Benefit from a course that can lead you into careers in the criminal justice system, or the wider human services, including youth justice and youth work, offending teams, policing, community safety, local government and research into criminal behaviour

Graduates of this degree also benefit from opportunities for postgraduate study at the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime.


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Units

  • Introduction To Criminology And The Criminal Justice System (ASS073-1) Compulsory
  • Law, Society And Controversy (ASS071-1) Compulsory
  • Skills For The Social Sciences (ASS065-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding The Human Services (ASS066-1) Compulsory
  • Multi-Agency Working (ASS069-2) Compulsory
  • Researching, Representing And Evidencing The Social World (ASS081-2) Compulsory
  • The Social Sciences At Work (ASS099-2) Compulsory
  • Theorising Crime, Punishment And Justice (ASS100-2) Compulsory
  • Independent Project In Criminology (ASS117-3) Compulsory
  • Issues In Crime And Justice (ASS107-3) Compulsory
  • Comparative Youth Justice: Models And Approaches (ASS119-3) Optional
  • Crime And Media (ASS102-3) Optional
  • Violence In Modern Society (ASS112-3) Optional
  • Youth And Crime (ASS113-3) Optional

A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and demonstrate your acquisition of knowledge and skills. The assessment methods used across the course include: - Written assignments - these may vary from essays and reports to more in-depth research work on broader topics - Examinations: These will be a range of multiple choice computer examinations through to in-class tests and essay-based exams in your final year - Oral presentations and Poster presentations that demonstrate verbal and presentational skills in communicating information to others - Group work allowing you to demonstrate skills of group research while allowing you to submit a piece of individual work at the same time as your contribution to the group The Dissertation allowing you to undertake a complex research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations, in your final year on the course The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow you to gain skills and acquire knowledge, receive feedback and grow, thus allowing you to implement this knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments. Working in groups is an important attribute and as part of the assessment process you will work in groups with others. However, your contribution will be individually graded and you will receive a grade based on your contribution to the assessed group work. At the end of the course completion of the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse current knowledge and communicate this, in both written and presentational formats, and to demonstrate a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional employability.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


This course is designed to facilitate your entry to a career in the field of human services with a particular emphasis on criminal justice. Careers include teaching criminology, youth justice and youth work, offending teams, policing, community safety, local government and research into criminal behaviour.

Typical destinations for Criminology students include:

  • Criminal Justice such as Youth Justice or NOMs organisations including the private sector identified by government as contributing to the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. For example, Sodexo Justices Services and Interserve
  • Local and Central Government (Civil Service)
  • Charity Organisations but more specifically charities committed to work with offenders similar in nature to St Mungo's and St Giles Trust.
  • Research Posts in the private and public sectors
  • Further study at Masters level

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student