BA Honours in Criminology

General

Program Description

Course summary

With crime frequently in the news and always an important issue, criminology has never been more relevant. The Criminology BA Honours aims to enthuse, inspire and equip you with the skills for a successful career in today's competitive job market.

Criminology draws on a wide range of human and social science disciplines, and the course has been designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of criminology as an interdisciplinary subject area. It will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Westminster's criminologists are concerned with who commits crimes and how offenders should be punished, but at the heart of criminology are fundamental questions about how 'crime' is defined, how criminal law is made, and how definitions of crime and justice vary historically and cross-culturally. Where better to study this fascinating discipline than in the heart of the UK's policing and criminal justice systems? Contemporary concerns are reflected as the subject engages with globalisation and culture throughout the theoretical, qualitative and the empirical.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Crime and the London Underworld
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • The Criminological Imagination

Credit Level 4

Year 2

Subjects of study include:

  • Forensic Criminal Psychology
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Globalisation, Crime and Control
  • Race, Crime and Justice
  • Radical Criminology
  • Research Methods in Sociology and Criminology
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

Credit Level 5

Year 3

Subjects of study include:

  • British Convict Criminology: Connecting Prisons and Universities Through Higher Education (available only to a limited number of students)
  • Criminological Research in Action
  • Dissertation
  • Human Rights and Global Injustice
  • Immigration, Crime and Control
  • Issues in State Crime
  • Media and Crime
  • Psychology Crime and the Popular Imagination
  • Punishment and Modern Society
  • Victims of Crime
  • Work Experience in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

UK

One of the following (or equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BBC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma / National Diploma – DMM / D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs - minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

EU/International

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

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With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated July 2019

About the School

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