Through the course, you develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the criminal mind, criminal justice system, the modern criminological environment and principles around the rehabilitation of the offender.
There is a choice of optional units for those with individual interests, such as youth justice, crime and the media, youth and crime, and violence in modern society. In your final year, you also undertake an independent research-based project, supported by expert staff who are all actively involved in research themselves.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Develop your research skills and the ability to make sound judgements based on in-depth knowledge
- Explore your commitment to the principle of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
- Study with academics who have world-leading research expertise in areas such as community safety, offending and youth justice
- Take the course over four years and include an optional year’s placement in industry (see below), allowing you to gain practical skills, build your CV and make contacts
- If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees entry to the undergraduate course
- Graduates of this degree also benefit from opportunities for postgraduate study at the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime
- It can lead into careers in the criminal justice system or wider human services, including youth justice and youth work, offending teams, policing, community safety, local government and research into criminal behaviour
The BA (Hons) Criminology course will allow you to achieve a range of skills and levels of personal enquiry deemed essential in the world of work.
On completion of the course you will have the ability to understand and have knowledge of the broader context of the discipline of Criminology. This, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills, together with the collaborative approach adopted in the learning and the ability to make sound judgements, will equip you with the qualities and skills necessary for employment.
You will be encouraged to take advantage of the many volunteering opportunities related to the discipline, so acquiring work related experience to enhance your CV.
Career destinations for graduates are varied but include Youth Justice and National Offender Management Service (NOMS) organisations including the private sector contributing to the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. In addition, Local and Central Government provide a range of opportunities as do the various charity organisations committed to work with offenders.
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