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Criminology and Criminal Justice is the study of how crime is defined, why some people commit crime and what happens when they do. It is also the study of the police, the courts and penal system, as well as the study of prevention and deterrence of criminal behaviour.

Crime and its impact are at the forefront of current political and social debate and a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice will enable you to explore the reality behind the newspaper headlines and examine a topic which is relevant and has real, practical application in contemporary society.


By studying a degree in Criminology, you will explore the issues relating to crime. Most people associate Criminology with the causes of crime but it goes well beyond this; it is important to consider that laws change over time and what may constitute as illegal in one society may be legal in another. The Foundation Degree allows you to explore the social and political impact crime has on individuals, groups and society as a whole.

You will graduate with a Foundation Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with the opportunity to progress onto a BA (Hons) top up degree. Whilst studying with us you will develop critical thinking, analytical and communication skills which will prepare you for a broad range of employment opportunities such as the police, probation, prison service, social work, youth work, criminal justice agencies and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Key Areas

Core modules for year 1 (Level 4):

  • Legal issues and human rights
  • Thinking about crime
  • Campaigning and citizenship: women in Britain and its empire from 1800 to 1950
  • Criminal justice
  • The media and the manufacture of deviance
  • Victimology

Core modules for year 2 (Level 5):

  • Criminal law
  • Theories of crime
  • Punishment and society
  • Doing quantitative research
  • Police and society
  • Victims and offenders

Entry Criteria

To study this course you will need one of the following:

  • 96 UCAS points from A Levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC Diploma grade DM
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

What Next

You could continue with education and progress onto the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree.

Previous graduates from Wolverhampton have gone on to work in a variety of criminal justice agencies including the police service and the National Probation Service. Others are employed in related fields such as trading standards, HM Revenue and Customs, UK Border Agency and social work.

Course options

  • 2019/20 Full Time Day


    South & City College Birmingham


    Bournville Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2019/20 Full Time Day


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