Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice

Why choose this course?

Our criminology degree tackles a fascinating array of questions from why people commit crime and how it affects society, to historical landmarks in the justice system and high-profile cases which had a ground-breaking impact on the legal arena.

Students will:

  • Study criminology from a range of perspectives including social, political and psychological, focusing on modern methods of policing, development of policy and the workings of magistrates and crown courts.
  • Examine criminal law and the role and work of the agencies that make up a modern criminal justice system.
  • Take part in site visits to various operational areas of the criminal justice system.
  • Have a variety of voluntary work opportunities.

Entry Requirements

The academic requirements for the course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent.


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

  • There is an excellent range of career opportunities in the field of criminal and community justice. Graduates have progressed to careers in the police and probation services, victim support, the prison service, the youth offending service and drug and alcohol agencies, as well as jobs within the voluntary sector.
  • Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Course Details


The first year of our criminology degree provides an introduction to practice matters relating to working in the community justice system and understanding and engaging with offending behaviour. The range of modules explored in year one provide knowledge and understanding of the causes of crime at a societal and individual level and explores the work of the agencies that make up the criminal justice system.


The second-year is designed to build directly on the skills and knowledge acquired during year one. You will study criminal law and in traditional lecturers and field trips where possible e.g. to prison and court, you will learn about advanced issues in effective practice with particular types of offenders. Criminological and research theory is explored to begin the process of developing students’ abilities to think theoretically and critically about the practice of criminal justice.


In the final year, modules develop your abilities to apply theoretical and critical perspectives to criminal justice processes and practice. Some degree of choice is also offered in relation to modules options. The socio-political nature of criminal justice policy-making is explored and a critical lens is brought to bear on the criminal justice system.


Study Skills in Higher Education (core)
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (core)
Signal Crimes and Criminals (core)
Drugs, Alcohol and Crime (optional)
Crime, Society and Social Policy (optional)
Introduction to Forensic Psychology (optional)
Attachment and Crime (optional)


Research Methods (core)
Criminology (core)
Crime and Criminal Behaviour (core)
Working in Custodial and Community Settings with people who have offended (optional)
Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process (optional)


Research Project (core):
Control, Justice and Punishment (core)
Multi-Agency working to manage risk and dangerousness (optional)
Youth Justice (optional)
Terrorism (optional)
Policing Contemporary Communities (optional)
Constructing Guilt and Innocence (optional)

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