Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

BA Criminal Justice and Criminology

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This Information is for 2017 entry only - to see the information for 2016 entry please see this page

Drawing on the leading research of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, this course will give you an understanding of crime and its control.

You’ll explore the complex questions around why people start offending, how they should be dealt with and how crime can be prevented, alongside the individual, social, legal and political forces that shape crime and how it is controlled. In addition, you’ll study the workings of criminal justice agencies like the police, courts, prisons and probation as well as the private companies and voluntary groups who have increasing roles in offender management and crime prevention.

Core modules will give you a grounding in the discipline of criminology, theoretical approaches and related aspects of law, sociology and psychology. From anti-social behaviour and drug use to war crimes and terrorism, the range of optional modules on offer will also allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career ambitions.


Year 1 lays the foundations of your degree and provides a background in criminal law, sociology and forensic psychology. You’ll explore the impact of key social issues and inequality on crime, and develop the academic and research skills to study criminal justice at undergraduate level.

You’ll build your understanding of criminological theory in Year 2, as well as learning about research methods in the subject and how new discoveries are being made. To give you a different perspective on criminal justice, further compulsory modules will examine the importance of victims’ experiences in the contemporary criminal justice system and the emerging field of transnational and international crime. Optional modules will allow you to explore a wide range of related topics in the social sciences, from youth crime to racism and ethnicity studies or drug policy.

When you enter your final year, core modules will give you in-depth knowledge of policing institutions and operations in the UK, in addition to penology – the study of how offenders are punished. You’ll also choose from further optional modules, exploring diverse topics from mass atrocities to disability rights, interpersonal violence and sex work. In addition, the year culminates with your dissertation – an independently research project on a topic of your choice, which allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 20 credits
  • Criminal Justice Study Skills 10 credits
  • Understanding Crime 20 credits
  • Introduction to Criminal Law 20 credits
  • Crime, Inequality and Social Issues 20 credits
  • Forensic Psychology 10 credits
  • Sociology of Modern Societies 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Criminology: Theories and Concepts 20 credits
  • Transnational and Comparative Criminology 20 credits
  • Researching Crime and Criminal Justice (for undergraduates) 20 credits
  • Victims, Crime and Justice 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Youth Crime and Justice 20 credits
  • Disability Studies: An Introduction 20 credits
  • The Sociology of Gender 20 credits
  • Crime, Race and Ethnicity 20 credits
  • Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Long Dissertation (Criminal Justice and Criminology) 40 credits
  • Penology 20 credits
  • Policing 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Gender and the Law 10 credits
  • Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective 20 credits
  • Mass Atrocities and Criminal Justice 20 credits
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies - Global Perspectives 20 credits
  • State Crime and Immorality 20 credits
  • Class in Everyday Life 20 credits
  • Understanding Interpersonal Violence 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Criminal Justice and Criminology BA in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods, including seminars and workshops where you can discuss in greater depth the topics introduced in traditional lectures. There will also be chances to hear guest speakers from local criminal institutions and visit criminal justice agencies.

However, independent learning is the basis of the course and you will spend much of your time reading around and researching the topics covered in your modules. We help you to develop academic skills through modules such as Criminal Justice Study Skills, and the University Library has extensive collections on Criminal Justice and Criminology that form a fantastic resource for your work.

Assessment

Modules are assessed using various methods including exams, coursework, group presentations and research-based activities. In your final year, you’ll also submit a 12,000 word dissertation.


Entry requirements

A-level: AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Two of your A-levels must be in traditional academic subjects. Please see our Accepted A-level subjects document to check your subjects.

If your choice of A-level subjects has been constrained by factors outside your control (such as if your school or college did not offer certain subjects), please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office to discuss your application.

GCSE: grade B or above in English Language, or an appropriate English language qualification.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Complete 60 credits with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction Grade.

BTEC

DDD.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3,D3,M1.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (6,5,5 higher).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAAAB.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAB overall (AB at advanced level).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Law Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Law Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: TBC

International: TBC

Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Career opportunities

This flexible degree will equip you with valuable subject knowledge and a wide range of transferable skills. It lends itself to careers in criminal justice, such as the police, prison or probation services, or as researchers in this area. Many of our graduates pursue postgraduate study in related fields.

We also see students pursue a wide range of careers, from the civil service to the media.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you can apply to extend your degree by a year and spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner institutions abroad.

You could study at one of three partner universities – currently Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Griffiths University in Brisbane, Australia, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Studying criminal justice and criminology in a different jurisdiction will provide you with a new perspective on your studies, as well as gaining an insight into life in another country with new social and cultural experiences.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.


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