Criminology with Law BSc(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

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Places available (subject to change)

25

About the course

Why Criminology with Law?

As crimes exists where laws prohibit behaviours and make provision for a criminal justice response, Criminology and Law are natural partners. Through a critical social sciences perspective this course will enable you to study the foundations of criminology in partnership with your study of legal systems, criminal law and legal evidence. You’ll explore key explanations for crimes and criminal offending, how crimes are defined and constructed, the work and practice of criminal justice systems and related work, as well as theories and practice of punishment and crime prevention.

Through the course you’ll have the opportunity to specialise your study around particular areas of interest in both criminology and law, from crime prevention, criminal justice and punishment, to particular types of crime or offending such as mentally disordered offenders or violent and organised crime. You’ll also be able to explore the law relating to particular criminological concerns, such as: medical, family, immigration and human rights law.

How will you learn?

  • You’ll be taught by experts from both criminology and law disciplines who have a wide range of research, practice specialisms and knowledge of the areas you’ll study. From policing work, prisons, probation and offender management, sentencing, legal advocacy and criminal law practice, they’ll give you an insight into key contemporary debates, concerns and practices, as well as insight into what it’s like working in positions in the criminal justice or legal practice fields.
  • In your second year you’ll complete a compulsory work placement. Previous criminology students have worked with the police, youth offending teams, in prisons, restorative justice organisations, CCTV units as well as in voluntary agencies supporting offenders and victims in the community.
  • You could also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term in your second year.

Huddersfield has produced a cutting-edge degree in criminology and law. The combination of law and criminology and the thought-provoking range of modules provides an exciting and innovative course. This opens up considerable opportunities for students wishing to pursue careers in both traditional and emerging crime, law and justice fields. The course provides students with extensive transferable skills that effectively prepares them for careers in a range of socio-legal and justice fields.

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Dr Angus Nurse, Associate Professor, Environmental Justice, Director of Programmes Department of Criminology and Sociology, Middlesex University

Course detail

English Legal System and Method

The English legal system is complex, rooted in history and constantly evolving. This module introduces you to the key elements of the English legal system and also looks at the procedure to enact legislation, an analysis of the anatomy of an Act of Parliament, delegated and secondary legislation and principles of statutory interpretation. A brief history of the evolution of common law is also considered, together with an analysis of the current English court system and the continuing importance of the doctrine of precedent. In this module you'll also learn the methods and techniques necessary for using legal resources, such as cases and legislation to construct legal arguments.

Exploring the Social Sciences

This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes. Assessment on this module is through coursework.

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

You’ll be introduced to the key areas of study within crime, criminology and criminal justice. The module is assessed through three pieces of coursework. Firstly your understanding of crime, antisocial behaviour and criminal law will be assessed in a workbook. Secondly you’ll consider the functions and decision-making involved in the criminal justice system through a group poster presentation. You’ll also explore some of the key theories that have been proposed to explain why people commit crime in a seen exam.

Law in Society

This module explores the original theories of law, as well as legal theories which disprove the myth of law as inherently neutral. By exploring areas such critical race, feminism and/or postmodernism, this module is inspired by Woodie Guthrie: this module kills fascists. The module explores depictions of law and legal injustices in popular culture and looks at the nature of human rights, the Human Rights Act 1998, and the place of the individual in society.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a Grade B at A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including a Higher Level at grade 6
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.

We are keen to support a wide and diverse range of applicants on to our courses. If you don't have the requisite standard entry qualifications, but you have the academic skills, experience and dedication needed to commence an undergraduate degree, you may be suitable for the Summer School as a stepping-stone onto one of our undergraduate courses. The Summer School is a short supportive programme, held one day a week over 6 weeks in the early summer period where you'll be introduced to academic subject content and academic skills, and then assessed through an individual written assignment. For further information visit our Summer School page.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


This course includes a compulsory work placement module in the second year. You will be expected to undertake at least 30 hours of work placement during that year. The module is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Your placement module tutor will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

Previous placement providers within the division have included working in courts, such as victim and witness support, private legal practices, youth offending teams, prisons, probation, police stations and Local Councils in CCTV and anti-social behaviour units. As well as in voluntary agencies that provide support to adult and juvenile offenders and victims in the community.

You can find more information on placements here.

My work placement at West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company gave me a true insight of the role, it clarified that I wanted to work with offenders and made me confident in my abilities and potential to reach my goals.

Sarah Batey, graduated Criminology BSc(Hons) 2016

Sarah Batey, graduated from Criminology BSc(Hons) in 2016 and is now a Contact Officer at West Yorkshire Police

Your career


Previous Huddersfield Criminology graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, social services, healthcare, legal, research and military and protective services in organisations including Lancashire Constabulary, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Probation Trust, Offploy C.I.C, the National Probation Service, Her Majesty Prison Service Leeds, Private Prison Service, Wakefield Prison, NHS, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, YMCA, Warrington Community Living, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Active Social Care, British Transport Police, Calderdale Council, Leeds City Council, Kirklees Council, the UK Ministry of Justice, HSBC.**

 

*Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

85% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of Dictaphones.

Academic Skills Development Team:provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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