You will explore causes and consequences of crime and criminality whilst investigating how society reacts and responds to crime and victimisation.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.
And GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science at grade 4 or grade C or above.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code 72H2
Duration Three years full-time or part-time options availableHow to apply for this course
Crime is everywhere – in the news, at the cinema, on our TV screens, and in the books we read. This course offers you the opportunity to look behind the headlines to explore the complexity of a subject which fascinates and worries us in equal measure.
You will study crime from a variety of perspectives ranging from seemingly simple questions such as ‘what is crime?’ to considering the impact of the media on our understanding of crime and the way we deal with crimes such as youth violence and domestic abuse. As a Marjon criminology graduate you will have a thorough understanding of the social, political and cultural nature of crime as well as how crime is addressed locally, nationally and globally.
You’ll see how your learning is applied in real world settings via our strong working relationships with a range of crime related and criminal justice organisations including Devon and Cornwall Police, The British Red Cross, various drug and alcohol service providers and HM Prison Service.
The tutors have all worked inside the criminal justice system.
You’ll also learn from guest lecturers who are currently working in the field.
Our teaching is always led by the latest research, so you’ll be well informed about, and able to debate at, the cutting edge of criminology.
Opportunities for exchange, study abroad, internships and work shadowing.
Small class sizes enable focused and personal tuition.
You’ll go on a range of field trips to criminal justice environments such as law courts, coroner courts, CCTV surveillance units and police custody suites and police stations.
“I really value the experience the lecturers have had in the Criminal Justice System, it is extremely useful to be able to hear about real life experiences and to go on trips such as the Magistrates Court. It is also great that we have guest speakers to talk to us about the work they do within their specialised fields. The lectures and essays challenge you in order to help you reach your full potential and the lecturers help you to learn.”
“I think the crime scene photography is great because of the practical element. I’m getting opportunities to learn about all aspects of Criminology and to do a research placement with the police.”
“I’ve been able to experience what court life is like by doing my placement with criminal defence solicitors. My researching and writing have improved massively. I am a more confident person now than when I started this course.”
What is crime?
Why is there crime in the first place?
Who commits crime?
Why do some people become criminals and others do not?
How best do we support victims?
How can we prevent crime and make our communities safer?
“ "I cannot tell you how excited we are to be working with the programme as there is a real shortage of qualified and experienced people in these fields that your programming is training and accrediting.””
There is a myriad of employment opportunities for graduates with a degree in criminology, these include community development worker, civil service, court, social worker, police officer, prison officer, probation officer and youth worker.
“ "In our first year we learnt about psychology in crime and the mindset of a criminal. We also learnt about the role of victims within the criminal justice system. This year we are learning about crime scene photography and how to take photos that can be used in court. There’s also 50 hours of research placement to set us up for our future careers. In the third year we’re going to learn about punishment, sentencing and how different countries handle crime. We will also learn about the ethics of being involved in criminal justice.”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Students are required to self-fund travel costs associated with placements and an annual trip within the UK.
Includes lectures, seminars, simulated scenarios, group and individual tutorials as well as site visits and guest lecturers form senior professionals in the justice fields.
Assessment methods are varied and include portfolios, essays and reports. There are two end of semester exams and you will be appraised based on your participation in the class room and in groups.
Sam has spent over 10 years teaching criminal justice and sociology in Higher Education. Prior to that she worked for six years in administration at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, working with youthful offenders, victims and eventually in educational programming. She teaches a broad range of classes and has a variety of research interests including globalization, criminal and social deviance, social control, and immigration. She is the author of The Criminalization of Immigration: The Post 9/11 Moral Panic (2013) and co-author of the forthcoming publication: Security and the State in the Era of Globalization: Criminology in the XXI Century.View full profile
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Having been a practising solicitor here in Plymouth, Alex draws on her knowledge and experience of the English legal system to teach crime and criminal justice.
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