Politics and Criminology BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Crime, justice, policing – studying Politics and Criminology together helps you understand current political debates, theories of crime and crime reduction.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

ML22

Places available (subject to change)

15

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472272

About the course

What is the most effective way to police crime? How should society organise systems of justice? Crime, justice and policing are inherently linked to the world of politics. Studying the two disciplines together gives you a unique opportunity to see how they interrelate, and how political processes can shape the criminal justice system and vice versa.

Crime affects every economy and every nation across the globe. Yet as societies attempt to address criminal behaviours, the nature of crime is constantly changing. Organisations and societies urgently need professionals who understand the factors behind crime, and how to bring crime rates down.

This course is designed to help equip you with the critical analytic skills and experiences you need to create a career for yourself in this stimulating and rewarding sphere. You’ll look at popular conceptions of crime in the media, and criminal action ranging from petty theft through to state-sponsored terrorism. You’ll also be able to study the ideas and philosophies behind some of the most contemporary political issues in society, and how they are affect theories of crime and crime reduction.

Drawing on their research expertise your lecturers will encourage you to analyse social and political change, and what drives the two. During your studies you’ll be given every opportunity to develop your debating and research skills, which could prove crucial in your professional career.

Speaking of professional career, we’ll also give you the opportunity to experience politics and criminology in the real world, with a work placement in your second year in a field such as youth justice, charitable organisations, education, media or politics. It’s all about combining academic discipline with vocational skills, to give you every chance to secure employment once you’ve graduated. You may also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term during your second year.

Placements


This course includes a compulsory work placement module in the second year. You will be expected to undertake a 90 hour (15 day) 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.

Previous placement providers have included working within the public sector or with charitable and other voluntary organisations.

I undertook a work placement at Kirklees Council, this was very useful in allowing me to understand the dynamics of a professional workplace. It gave me the opportunity to experience different job roles before graduating and choosing a career path.

Jane Wallace, graduated Politics and Criminology BSc(Hons) 2016

Jane Wallace, graduated Politics and Criminology BSc(Hons) 2016

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.0 with no lower than a 5.5 in any single component. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

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.

Student story


Find out what student life is really like from our current student Yusuf who is studying Politics BSc(Hons).

Yusuf attended an Open Day and liked how the course structure balanced both domestic and international politics. At Huddersfield, we believe that politics is more than just a spectator sport. We believe that to study politics, you have to live, breathe and participate in politics. Watch Yusuf's film to learn more about how the 2010 elections changed his approach and thinking to politics and how his work placement gave him an insight into the reality of working in politics.

Course Detail

Core modules:

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.

Introduction to Politics

This module introduces you to conceptual and empirical issues in British and international politics. Through a group presentation and coursework you will explore evolution and reform in modern British politics, particularly through the lens of theories of the state. You will also be encouraged to explore the global as a realm of politics and engage with core debates and analytical frameworks through a final exam.

With option modules in your second and third years, you’ll be able to tailor your studies and select the areas that interest you.

Jane, graduated Politics and Criminology BSc(Hons) in 2016

“I thoroughly enjoyed my course and found the lecturers extremely helpful and inspiring. They enabled and encouraged me to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities which enhanced my knowledge of the material and assisted me in realising the career-path I wished to follow.”

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, lectures, presentations, written reports, case studies and individual tuition. Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination. 16% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions.

*Source: Percentage of graduates from this subject area who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15).

90-95%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 you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school 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 and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

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.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn 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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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