|Study location||United Kingdom, Nottingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
At least 1 reference(s) should be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
A Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) will be necessary if you wish to become a Special Constable, but it is not required for admission onto the course.
The BA (Hons) Criminology offers students an exciting combination of the theory, policy and practice of criminology and criminal justice studies. Students have the opportunity to take a number of modules underpinned by cutting edge research and strong relationships with the police, probation and other criminal justice agencies.
NTU, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Constabulary, have recently introduced an innovative police pathway to the degree. This pathway provides students with the opportunity to train as special constables, undertake specialist modules in a wide range of contemporary policing issues and build their practical policing experience throughout the degree.
Why choose this course?
Students have the chance to specialise through choosing distinctive optional modules, delivered by experts in their subjects.
All modules draw on external practitioners experiences and knowledge to provide additional real world perspectives.
Modules on the policing pathway are delivered by NTU experts alongside active serving police staff.
Our students can gain unique insights into the practical dimensions of criminology through accredited work experience opportunities in a number of organisations. There is also the opportunity to study abroad through our Erasmus programme as well as the option to undertake a research project that will make a difference to a local organisation’s work within the community.
We’re building successful graduates
93% of our full-time BA (Hons) Criminology graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving. (Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2012-2013)
What will I study?
This degree offers students the opportunity to specialise through choosing distinctive optional modules, delivered by experts in their subjects. All modules draw on external practitioners experiences and knowledge to provide additional real world perspectives.
In Year Two of the course, students can gain unique insights into the practical dimensions of criminology through accredited work experience opportunities in a number of organisations. There is also the opportunity to study abroad through our Erasmus programme. The opportunities for work experience continue in year three with the chance to undertake a research project that will make a difference to a local organisation’s work with the community.
NTU, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Constabulary, has introduced a police pathway for its BA (Hons) Criminology students This pathway provides students with the opportunity to train as special constables, undertake specialist modules in a wide range of contemporary policing issues and build their practical policing experience throughout the degree. During the first year, police pathway students share their modules with the wider Criminology group.
In Years Two and Three, their bespoke modules focus on the requirements of a graduate wishing to enter the police service. Modules are delivered by NTU experts alongside active serving police staff.
Modules for the BA (Hons) Criminology and policing pathways include the following:
Year One core modules (all students)
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
Introduction to Psychology and Sociology of Crime
Law, Sentencing and Punishment
Developing a Criminological Imagination
Explaining Criminal Behaviour
Understanding Crime and Society.
Year Two core modules (all students)
Crime Reduction, Community Safety and Risk
Diversity of Crimes and Prejudice.
Police Interview Skills
Police Practice (One).
Year Three core modules (all students)
Contemporary Criminological Theory and Research.
Criminology Year Three optional modules
Year Three policing additional core modules:
Crime Scenes and Criminal Investigation
Public Order Policing
Operational Traffic Policing
Police Practice (Two) and Applied Dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
In your first year the majority of your work will be assessed through formal examinations with some coursework based assignments. In your second year you will be assessed by a combination of exams, course based essays and reports, policy papers as well as practical group and individual presentations. Assessments in your final year will focus around your dissertation / independent study as well as coursework and exams.
In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.
Learning from expert staff
You’ll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. 94% of our full time BA (Hons) Criminology students agree that the staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2014). The course draws upon the multi-disciplinary nature of the team through their expertise, research interests and experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest. Our NTUshell video series highlights just some of the staff expertise within the School of Social Sciences.
To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.
Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop:
discussion about a wide range of views.
Tutorials with staff
As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you’ll have the opportunity to:
discuss and gain feedback about your work
ask questions about the projects you’re working on
raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.
Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You will still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.
Learning from experts
In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study you’ll also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences. In the past criminology students have heard from:
Forensic Psychologists from HM Prison Whatton
the On-Street Prostitution Team from Nottinghamshire Constabulary
the 2XL London Gang Project
the Course Manager of the Cross-Governmental Hate Crime Strategy
the Interim Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Virtual learning environment
You’ll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
Where will I study?
As a member of the School of Social Sciences’ community, you will study on our vibrant City site. You will typically be based in the Chaucer building although you will also learn in the recently regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings. All of our teaching rooms and learning resources are within a short distance of each other.
Your career development
When you graduate you will be eligible for graduate membership of the British Criminological Society and you be well placed to embark on a successful career in the police, prison and probation services. You’ll have developed a range of knowledge specific and transferable skills including communication, presentation and problem solving skills. You will be able to use a selection of forms of information technology to gather, analyse and present criminological data.
On completion of the course you may also be interested in a career working in local community safety initiatives, drug projects or other welfare contexts. Others continue studying on a postgraduate criminology course.
Did you know, 93% of our full-time BA (Hons) Criminology graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving? (Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2012-2013)
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Criminology graduates are following:*
Civil Enforcement Officer
Community Safety Assistant for Council
Criminal Case Worker
Data Intelligence Developer with Police Force
Domestic Abuse Support Worker
Emergency Helpline Operator
Intelligence Researcher for Government Agency
Learning Disability Support Worker
Probation Hostel Manager
Support Worker for Victims of Domestic Abuse
Victim Support Officer in Police Force.
*Taken from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2008 – 2013.
Other graduates go on to a range of professional careers in Law and psychology following further training.
Our Employability Team
We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.
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