School of Law, Criminology and Government

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies with Law

Put your incisive mind and probing skills to best use as a decision-maker, policy developer or in assisting in the treatment of offenders. This course helps you develop the analytical and practical skills to examine how and why people commit crime and how we as a society deal with criminality. You’ll also develop your legal skills, studying the English legal system and method, law in context and choices from a wide range of other legal subjects.

You will stand out from the crowd with a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. You will boost your employability and gain hands-on experience by volunteering with local and national criminal justice agencies. You’ll also be eligible for entry into our Graduate Diploma in Law programme, enabling you to convert your degree to a 'qualifying' law degree.

Key features

  • Make a difference – draw on our inter-disciplinary approach to study, with a focus on contemporary issues, to gain real insight into the nature of crime, the workings of the criminal justice system and the society around you, and equip yourself with the skills to bring about change.
  • Equip yourself with in-demand skills – our graduates are highly sought after by a range of criminal justice agencies, including the police, probation, prison and youth justice services or find careers as paralegals and legal executives.
  • Stand out from the crowd with a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing – Plymouth University is one of the few universities granted Approved Provider status by the National College of Policing for this award. The Certificate is recognised by all police forces in England and Wales and the achievement will help prepare those seeking recruitment to the Police Service as a Police Constable. (Please note: the achievement does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable).
  • Boost your employability and gain hands-on experience by volunteering with local and national criminal justice agencies. 
  • Open doors to a career in the private, public or third sector – highly transferable skills mean you’ll find career opportunities in a diverse range of settings.
  • Your Law minor means you’ll be eligible for entry into our Graduate Diploma in Law programme, enabling you to convert your degree to a 'qualifying' law degree.
  • To complement your formal learning we offer regular PALS sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll lay the foundations for your studies, exploring perspectives on criminology and examining theories on causes of crime and deviance. You’ll develop an understanding of the criminal justice process in England and Wales, and gain a grounding in criminal justice research, examining crime in the context of economic, political and social frameworks. You’ll also be introduced to the key areas of law and gain an understanding of the English, EU and international legal systems.
    Core modules
    • CCJS1112 Criminology and Crime Problems

      This module introduces students to the subject of criminology. It emphasises criminology's multi-disciplinary and the different perspectives, methods and sources of information that it draws upon in developing theories about the different causes and problematizations of crime and deviance.

    • CCJS1115 Being a Criminologist

      The module provides students with a grounding in the concepts, techniques, methods and skills necessary for developing a criminological analysis to crime and justice. Students will analyse key contemporary examples of crime, justice and social issues pertinent at the time which could include; murder, the war on drugs, police brutality and injustice within the courts. Students will assess the strengths and weakness of criminological and methodological approaches to understanding these examples.

    • CCJS1116 Crime in Context

      This module provides students with an introduction to key questions in the study of criminology and criminal justice, providing them with necessary skills to be a successful and reflexive student of criminology. The module places criminology in the context of economic, political and social interpretative frameworks, and contributes to the creation of a criminological imagination. Furthermore, the module uses this basis to introduce students to theoretical discussions that critique and question the role and practices of the main criminal justice institutions in England and Wales in relation to historical perspectives, equality, space and place and social justice, more broadly.

    • CCJS1119 21st Century Criminological Issues

      The module introduces students to the global challenges of crime and crime control. It does so by drawing on contextual examples of contemporary developments to the landscape of crime, deviancy, social problems, globalisation and criminal justice. Students will assess the strengths and weakness of criminological approaches to understanding these examples.

    • LAW1219 Legal Studies (Law Minor)

      This module focuses on providing an overview of key substantive areas of law with the integration of the development of legal problem solving skills for students on the Law Minor programmes.

    • LAW1220 Introduction to Law (Law Minor)

      This module focuses on providing an overview on the skills necessary to study law; of the English, EU and International legal systems; and of key substantive areas of law with the integration of the development of legal problem solving skills for students on the Law Minor programmes.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year you’ll broaden your skills – from learning how to assess, collect and use statistics, surveys, interviews and observational studies in researching crime and criminal justice, to examining theories of criminology alongside contemporary social, communications and cultural theories, urban studies, international relations and social harm. You’ll also have a choice of law modules including consumer law, tort and human rights.
    Core modules
    • CCJS2115 Crime, Theory and Culture

      This module examines contemporary criminological theory and scholarship, providing a critical analysis of new directions at the forefront of the discipline. The module covers the intersections of criminology with contemporary social theory, communications theory, urban studies, international relations, cultural theory and zemiology.

    • CCJS2120 Researching Crime and Criminal Justice

      This module describes and assesses the reliability and validity of the different methodologies and sources of information utilised in criminal justice research, focusing especially upon the collection and use of official statistics, surveys, interviews and observational studies. The module also provides practical experience for students in using specialist quantitative and qualitative computer programmes for analysing data.

    • CCJS2121 Policing and Community Safety

      This module affords students an opportunity to explore, in depth, the structures, practices and key issues facing modern policing and community safety in the UK. It focuses particularly upon the police service, but also upon developments in plural policing, including the expansion of partnership policing.

    • CCJS2125 Prisons, 'Probation' and Penality

      This module draws on theories of penality to analyse and evaluate penal policy and practice. In particular it critically examines contemporary issues, developments and debates relating to the use of imprisonment and community sentences for adult offenders.

    • CCJSP200 Preparation for Work Placement

      This module is aimed at students who have elected to undertake a placement at the end of stage 2 of their degree. On completion of the placement year students will return to sit stage 3. It is designed to build on skills learned in stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    Optional modules
    • LAW2215 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW2216 Human Rights Law

      This module focuses on the law relating to human rights with reference to national, regional and international law principles. It examines the development and scope of fundamental rights in both theory and practice, and the legitimate limits and restrictions on rights in the interests of balancing conflicting interests in democratic societies.

    • LAW2218 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW2219 Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

      This module focuses on the key and topical issues in Immigration, Nationality and Refugee law in the UK. The UK¿s system of immigration control is fully considered and there is some emphasis on the application of decision making to those entering the UK both for immigration purposes and as refugees. There is consideration of the global and European context and of the influence of policy, politics and the media in the field.

    • LAW2220 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW2226 Tort Law (Law Minor)

      A module for Law Minor students introducing principles and concepts of tort law and examining the principles involved in a number of selected torts. The Law of Tort is concerned with the creation and imposition of civil rights obligations on people generally. It is focused on the legal protection of a number of key rights, such as the right to bodily integrity, reputation, enjoyment of property and privacy amongst others.

    • LAW2229 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll design and implement your own research project to produce your dissertation, working independently with the support of a member of our academic team. Choose from a variety of modules such as comparative studies, policing illicit drug use, anti-social behaviour, racism and criminal justice. Law options include criminal law, parents and children, media and information law, environmental law, European business law, and business regulation and corporate governance.
    Core modules
    • CCJS3142 Criminology/Police and Criminal Justice Studies Dissertation

      This module provides students with the opportunity to design and implement their own research project, working independently but under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

    Optional modules
    • CCJS3141 Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies: Work Based Learning

      This module provides students with opportunities to gain practical insights into the workings of criminal justice (and related) organisations, and to link such insights with criminological theory and knowledge. In addition the module will prepare students for the graduate job market and encourage their autonomous engagement in personal development planning.

    • CCJS3143 Professional Knowledge of Policing I

      This module provides students with a practical knowledge and understanding of policing and police law, situated within the relevant contemporary social context of England and Wales.

    • CCJS3144 Professional Knowledge of Policing II

      This module provides students with a practical knowledge and understanding of policing and police law, situated within the relevant contemporary social context of England and Wales

    • CCJS3148 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

      This module focuses upon a contemporary criminal justice-related issue that has received attention in the media and in official reports but may not be well covered yet in an established academic literature. The purpose of the module is for students to collect data on the issue and to subject it to a thorough criminological analysis, using the variety of concepts and perspectives covered throughout the degree programme.

    • CCJS3150 Crimes of the Powerful

      Criminology has tended to ignore crimes of the powerful instead focusing on everyday street crimes and the crimes of lower status individuals. This module rebalances this bias by focusing on the crimes that power makes possible. It introduces students to theory, research, and case-studies on corporate and white-collar crimes, as well as state crimes.

    • CCJS3154 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice

      This module examines the relevance of gender in understanding the experiences and treatment of women offenders within the criminal justice system. This gendered perspective draws on theoretical and empirical insights to engage critically with malestream criminology and to review the important issues in relation to policy and practice that arise from this.

    • CCJS3156 Criminology of War

      This module explores the issue of crime in the context of war and conflict. Theoretical and conceptual understandings of crime, violence, victimisation and justice will be used to interrogate acts considered as war crimes. The module will address the history of crimes committed in war and will critically explore international criminal justice responses.

    • CCJS3158 Drugs, Crime and Society

      This module critically examines the social construction of drug use and control in the UK and internationally, analysing the relationship between drugs, crime and society. A comparative approach will be utilized to explore the contextual dimensions of illicit drug use and control. Students will read criminological texts, engage with works from other disciplines and critically analyse non-academic sources, including popular journalism, internet sites and postings, and films.

    • CCJS3162 Victims, Violence and the Criminal Justice System

      This module examines women's experiences of victimisation as victims of sexual violence, domestic violence and workplace violence.

    • CCJS3165 Crime, Punishment and Social Change

      This module responds to a growing criminological interest in the history of crime and punishment. It examines how attitudes towards crime and the punishments used have changed and developed since the 18th century. It introduces students to historical research methods by utilising both digital and local archives, and encourages them to research aspects from crime history and critically compare and contrast them with contemporary perspectives and criminological literature.

    • CCJS3166 Digital Crime and Deviancy

      This module explores the issue of crime related to digital technology, in particular the Internet. It will consider how digital technology normalises and legitimises criminal activity, with a particular focus on harassment, sexual crimes and activities related to children and young people. The module will also consider approaches to tackling digital crime, considering legislative approaches contrasted against human rights issues.

    • CCJS3167 Professional Investigations: Principles and Practice

      This module provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the role of private security provision within the mixed economy of security in contemporary society. The module incorporates completion of the Security Industry Authority's recognised award for Professional Investigations. Students are therefore offered the opportunity to learn the practice of professional investigation work and the principles underpinning such provision.

    • CCJS3168 Hate Crime

      This module will present the problem of `hate crime¿ to students by identifying legislation, policy and practice that has been framed within its context. It will deconstruct the notion of hate crime and provide a critical reflection on the notion of `hate¿ and its manifestations in late modernity.

    • CCJS3171 International Human Rights and 'Children First' Youth Justice

      This module compares and contrasts youth justice policies and processes in a range of different countries. In particular, it analyses the impact of socio-political and cultural factors on youth justice debates from a comparative international perspective. This includes an analysis of the extent to which countries comply with international human rights standards.

    • LAW3229 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW3230 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW3231 Criminal Law (Law Minor)

      This module provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of criminal law for Law Minors, including an introduction to modes of participation, and detailed analysis of selected offences and defences.

    • LAW3233 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • LAW3235 Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

      This module focuses on the key and topical issues in Immigration, Nationality and Refugee law in the UK. The UK¿s system of immigration control is fully considered and there is some emphasis on the application of decision making to those entering the UK both for immigration purposes and as refugees. There is consideration of the global and European context and of the influence of policy, politics and the media in the field.

    • LAW3238 Sex, Power and Legal Control

      This module examines how law and society controls and regulates sexual behaviour and conduct and why and how it criminalises and punishes certain activities and sexual expression. In particular it will focus on the enactment and implementation of laws relating to sexual autonomy and sex crime and examine how these are practically operationalized within the criminal justice process. Within this context the impact upon those affected by such legal regulation is also examined.

    • LAW3239 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW3244 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

    • LAW3248 Law, Literature and the Screen

    • LCG300A Research Traineeship

      This module affords students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of social research by working under the direct supervision of an academic member of staff on an established research project. In particular, they will be involved in the collection and/or analysis of research data, and will be encouraged to reflect on the practical application of their research knowledge and skills in an applied setting.

    • LCG300B Research Traineeship

      This module affords students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of social research by working under the direct supervision of an academic member of staff on an established research project. In particular, they will be involved in the collection and/or analysis of research data, and will be encouraged to reflect on the practical application of their research knowledge and skills in an applied setting.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies programme specification 3283

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104

A levels
Including a minimum of two A levels. 

BTEC
18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application. 

Access
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

IB
26 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.

GCSE
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

Other
14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.


For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Student societies

Our societies offer you the chance to expand your knowledge of the criminal justice system.

The Howard League student group and Crimsoc run events, invite guest speakers and arrange volunteering opportunities.

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Justice Works

Justice Works encompasses a range of activities within the Law School that aim to promote social justice.

Find out more about the work-based learning and volunteering opportunities open to you.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies news and events

You'll have the opportunity to get involved in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies events as part of your course.

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International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC

Looking for foundation level entry to Business courses?

The following foundation level programmes are currently being updated for a 2019/20 start:

  • BA Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year
  • BSc Business Management (2 year fast track and 3 year programme) with Foundation Year
  • BSc Economics with Foundation Year
  • BSc Events Management with Foundation Year
  • BSc Marketing with Foundation Year
  • BSc Maritime Business and Logistics with Foundation Year
  • BSc Maritime Business and Maritime Law with Foundation Year
  • BSc Tourism and Hospitality Management with Foundation Year

Look out for further details here and on our UCAS pages.

If you are interested in hearing more about these developments, let us know at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk and we'll keep you up to date.

Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

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