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UDCRIPOL - BSc Criminology and Policing

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course is delivered through a range of pedagogic methods including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, project-based research activity, groupwork and individual tutorials held in staff hours. There is an emphasis upon the link between teaching and research so that staff research provides the basis for teaching on a range of modules, as does staff expertise derived from experience as practitioners in relevant fields.

The course integrates face-to-face with online learning. All modules use Weblearn/Blackboard facilities making key information available and also providing a convenient place for handbook information, calendars and class announcements. Some modules, for example Researching Crime and Deviance, focus specifically on the development of CIT skills. The course will also progressively examine ways of further developing the link between face-to-face and online learning as ideas and technology develop, and as resources permit. The course encourages contact between students and tutors and, in the course of this, encourages active learning. CIT and other media are used to encourage collaboration among students.

Course aims

The course aims to:
1. offer a course relevant to a range of careers in criminal justice and/or policing
2. develop the intellectual skills necessary for the understanding, critical evaluation and application of a range of theoretical approaches to the study of crime, deviance, policing and conceptions of rights and justice
3. develop students’ competence in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
4. provide a framework in which students identify and distinguish between some comparative models of policing and for understanding the differing forms of policing systems
5. explore practical applications of operational policing
6. offer the opportunity to develop the above in relation to specialist areas of interest culminating in the production of an in-depth piece of independent research focussed on policing at level 6.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry in relation to Criminology and Policing
2. devise and sustain arguments and/or solve problems using ideas and techniques some of which are at the forefront of research on Criminology and Policing
3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, focussed on Criminology and Policing, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
4. manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Criminology and Policing)
5. apply the methods and techniques they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), make judgments and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or identify a range of solutions, to a problem
7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts
9. undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through a combination of essays, module-specific research projects, seen and unseen examinations and an individual largely self-directed project focussed upon Policing. At level 4 assessments seek to encourage students to specify and describe theories and institutions. At level 5 assessments require students to extend and critically to evaluate the knowledge they have encountered. Students at this level are also required to produce research reports including data analysis and interpretation. At level 6 assessments test students’ critical knowledge of applied areas of Policing and Criminal Justice and their ability to think and research independently.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

There will be opportunities for students to study for part of their degree in another European country. ERASMUS is part of the European Union SOCRATES programme for cooperation in the field of education. Under ERASMUS the university has student exchange agreements with 16 different European countries.

Modules required for interim awards

See Course Structure

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in policing and within the Criminal Justice System more generally.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have at least:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above, or Higher Diploma (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the BSC Criminology, Policing and Law Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2015/16 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2014 Last validation date 01 Sep 2014  
JACS codes L300 (Sociology): 100%
Route code CRIPOL

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SC4002 Introduction to Policing Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM    
SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM    

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC5000 Crime in Context Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SC5004 Knowledge in Policing Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SC6053 Victims and Crime Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SC6P00 Criminology Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SC6W51 Criminology Work Experience Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
SC6004 Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SC6051 Serious and Serial Offenders Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
SS6063 Religion and the State Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM