BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice
Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree is a broad-based programme of study that explores both the social and personal aspects of crime. It examines some of the most serious concerns we face as a society, such as: What causes crime and criminal behaviour? Can crime be prevented? How and why should we punish offenders? How does criminal justice link to social justice? The course requires a critical engagement with criminology theory, research methods and the history of crime and punishment.
Why study this subject?
Studying BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice will provide you with a range of skills and knowledge useful for a career within the criminal justice system or in other areas such as public policy, social work or local government. You will gain an understanding of the social and personal aspects of crime, develop critical thinking skills, and become confident in your ability to analyse and reflect upon different sociological, legal and economic theories. You will also gain transferable skills in research, time management and written communication.
Teaching methods and style
Unlike a traditional university environment, our online degree courses utilise a Virtual Learning Environment. The system is designed to track and manage the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials wherever you are.
This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. Studying is carried out entirely online and the programme of study can fit your work and personal commitments.
You are supported throughout your criminal justice course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.
Methods of assessment
We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Criminology and criminal justice assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.
You will always be aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.
We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:
- showing your marks clearly in your grade book, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
- the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your grade book is always up to date;
- assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for the end of year exams;
- ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser;
- the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.
We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
On successful completion of your Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
Careers linked to criminology and criminal justice are very varied and this course provides excellent training for work within the police, probation, prisons, youth work, youth offending services and private and voluntary sectors. Other opportunities include roles within criminal justice services such as court custody officers and drug or alcohol workers. Students have also moved into civil service, journalism or professional positions within the voluntary sector such as fund-raisers and project managers.
We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree programme:
1 - Academic Entry Route
In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
- Two A-levels, or equivalent; plus
- If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.
- If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.
2 - Open Entry Route
We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open Entry Route.
Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.
Students admitted via this route will be allowed to start the course and make an assessment of whether it is right for them during the first three weeks. All applicants must pass their first assignment set during this time in order to continue with their studies.