UDCRIPOL - BSc Criminology and Policing
|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|
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 Web learn /Blackboard facilities making key information available, 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.
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 criminology and/or policing at level 6.
Course learning outcomes
The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Criminology and Policing, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Criminology and Policing;
2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Criminology and Policing;
3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Criminology and Policing recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
4. manage their own learning, and to 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 that 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), to make judgements, and to 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
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Learning Outcomes cover LO1-9
Principle QAA benchmark statements
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
Opportunities may arise within London based Police Services to apply to become Special Constables (voluntary), subject to force requirements at the time. There is also a compulsory work experience module in the final year to ensure that anyone without relevant work experience is assisted to find relevant work experience as a volunteer.
There may 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.
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
In the first year students begin processes of personal development planning in core modules and start to build up a record of achievements. They are encouraged to reflect in workshop contexts and individually on specifically what they have learned from modules and the ways in which this knowledge may be used in, or applied to, the wider social world. Specific modules focussed on social research methodologies provide a forum in which students reflect upon their practice as social researchers, its ethical dimensions and the ways in which this practice may be applied to solving problems in the context of volunteering activity and/or employment. The module Perspectives on Policing focuses explicitly on practical aspects of policing and so encourages students to reflect on the practical application of their knowledge. Self-directed project work at level 6 provides the opportunity for students to focus on a particular problem or issue in relation to criminology and/or policing and in this context to bring together a substantive area of interest with methodological issues and to consider how this might provide a basis for further self-development and/or vocational activity in the future.
Other external links providing expertise and experience
College of Policing
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
Comment briefly on potential career/further study destinations and how the skills and abilities gained through the course contribute to employability and career development.
The course is designed to provide a useful foundation for students wishing to take up careers in the police service or other areas of law enforcement and the Criminal Justice System. It delivers a comprehensive grounding in these fields and also provides an excellent preparation for undertaking a higher degree in the fields of law enforcement, security, intelligence and Criminology.
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.
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 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|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
|JACS codes||L300 (Sociology): 100%|
Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered
|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||AUT+SPR||THU||PM|
|SC4003||Researching Crime and Deviance||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||PM|
Stage 2 Level 05 September start Not currently offered
|SC5000||Crime in Context||Core||30|
|SC5001||Measuring and Interpreting Crime||Core||30|
|SC5002||Perspectives on Policing||Core||30|
|SC5004||Knowledge in Policing||Option||30|
|SC5050||Crime, Media and Technology||Option||15|
|SC5051||Youth, Crime and Violence||Option||15|
|XK0000||Extension of Knowledge Module||Option||15|
Stage 3 Level 06 September start Not currently offered
|SC6000||Crime Control and Penology||Core||30|
|SC6053||Victims and Crime||Core||15|
|SC6W51||Criminology Work Experience||Core||15|
|SC6004||Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime||Option||30|
|SC6051||Serious and Serial Offenders||Option||15|
|SC6052||Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism||Option||15|
|SS6063||Religion and the State||Option||15|