Criminology BA (Hons)

Coventry University
Program overview
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
Coventry University

About this program

Criminology BA (Hons)

In this course you will explore the causes of crime, control of crime and public reaction to crime. In addition to the focus on the causes of crime you will also study the means by which society, social groups and the state, including prisons and police, attempt to deal with it.

Throughout the course you will engage with contentious issues including ‘What are the causes of crime?’ ‘How can crime be prevented?’ and ‘Do prisons work?’ Examining these questions from a variety of perspectives and reviewing the evidence for and against different theories. This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the criminal justice sector, in professions such as policing, community safety or youth offending.

You will be taught through an innovative approach to learning which involves guest speakers from different spheres of criminological activity such as the UK Borders Agency, practising psychologists, victims and oversight agencies to provide effective learning insights which complements the expertise of lecturers and is designed to ensure you are engaging with the most contemporary issues in criminology.

We place a strong emphasis on relevant work experience and have excellent professional links with the Police, HM Prison Service and Youth Offending Service. Our partnership with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers was the first scheme of its kind in the country.

Admission requirements

UK students


A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma in a science or health subject to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

International students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year one

  • Introduction to Criminology: Theory and Skills
  • Crime Typologies
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Global Criminology
  • Exploring Crime

Year two

  • Community Safety and the Environment
  • Researching Crime
  • Punishment and Control
  • Policing and Society
  • Youth Crime and Justice

Placement year

  • Professional Placement

Final year

  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Violence and Exploitation
  • Current Issues in Criminology
  • Research Project
  • Deviant Leisure

Program delivery

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)


  • UK students : £9,250 per year.
  • International students : £15,000 per year.


On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theoretical approaches within criminology, including Classical and Radical perspectives, their historical development, and role within contemporary debates. 
  • Demonstrate awareness of the background and role of the main agents and institutions, such as prisons and courts that respond to crime and deviance and how to appraise their work.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to think reflectively about and to advance thinking on topics such as drug use, exploitation and policing in an international context.
  • Display insight into the options for and application of research methodologies applicable to Criminology, whether library-based or field-based studies. 
  • Develop enterprising behaviors by locating appropriate information from a variety of sources (e.g. NGOs, government materials, databases) and apply them to issues of justice and crime.

The BA (Hons) Criminology programme aims to:

  • Develop students’ critical understanding of crime and emerging criminological matters.
  • Enable students to undertake research examination of crime related issues in an ethical manner.
  • Foster students’ appreciation of crime in local, international, cultural and social contexts via field trips, overseas placements and online learning with international partners.
  • Develop students' transferable skills for employment including information retrieval and presentation, time management, team-working, digital literacy and communication in support of researching and presenting information on crime issues.
  • Augment students’ capacity for managing their own learning ability in the field of Criminology, including matching skills from the degree programme with further training needs.

Career paths

Successful completion of a Criminology degree from Coventry can provide you with an excellent basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the prison, probation and police service to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety and crime prevention.

About this institute

Coventry University

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Contact info

Coventry University

Priory St
CV1 5FB Coventry


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