BA (Hons) Criminology

Criminology at Winchester engages with the key theories, concepts and perspectives on crime, criminal activity and the criminal justice system. It also facilitates opportunities to apply those theories to practice while at the same time engaging with a range of professions and practitioners who work within the criminal system.
*subject to revalidation

BA (Hons) Criminology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: L370

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing  or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

For further details, click here

Additional Costs:


  • Textbooks: For some modules, students are strongly recommended that they purchase one or two books (usually a general textbook or a sourcebook that is used weekly across a module). Cost £150 per academic year.
  • Field Trips: Some optional criminology modules may involve a field trip. Cost £450 for each trip.
  • Printing: Students may need to pay for poster printing on some modules throughout all years of study. Prices will vary depending on materials, lamination and the amount of students in the group creating the poster. Cost £5 per module.  

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):



Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Visiting lecturers provide students with direct contact with practitioners and professionals related to criminology and the criminal justice system.


There is a student-led Criminology Society which works closely with the Crime and Justice Research Centre to organise talks and trips.

Student satisfaction:

As this course started in 2012, there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Students have commented positively (via student evaluations and in the undergraduate videos) on:

  • The quality of teaching on the programme; 'excellent lecturers'
  • Opportunities to experience a range of teaching approaches and styles
  • Small, tight-knit community

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

This programme has been designed to bring together the methodological, academic and practical skills essential to enhance your professional development and career opportunities. You engage with various crime related professionals, agencies and organisations where you are able to develop your knowledge and understanding of various occupations, opportunities and requirements for recruitment.

You gain a thorough grounding in criminological and social theories and methods, and an understanding of wide-ranging topics including crime and punishment; crime and the media; policing; crimes against humanity; miscarriages of justice; gender and crime; organised crime; and cybercrime. You also acquire skills of gathering data using quantitative and qualitative methods, synthesising and interpreting evidence and assembling arguments, presenting evidence and formulating findings and conclusions.

In Year 1, you gain an awareness of the key principles and concepts underpinning the study of crime. You explore the central theories and methodologies encountered within the social sciences and within criminology, and gain an understanding of key ideas underlying social policy and the criminal justice system.

In Year 2, you develop your understanding of criminological and social theory and explore a range of topics addressing significant and current themes from youth to violent crime. You also develop your ability to approach research in criminology.

In Year 3, you broaden your knowledge of topics in the field and put into practice your independent research skills by specialising in a topic of your own choice in completing your final year project.

You also have the opportunity to become a member of The British Society of Criminology, which has been in existence for 50 years, and is the society for criminologists, both academic and professional, within the United Kingdom.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Being a Criminologist 
  • Law Government and Policy
  • Crime Through Time
  • Police and Police Work 
  • Crime, Media and Culture 
  • Classical Criminological Theory
  • Victimology

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Criminological Theory
  • Young People, Deviance and Crime
  • Criminology Research
  • Penology

Optional modules

  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Fieldtrip
  • Criminological Identities and Contemporary Issues
  • Landscapes of Conflict#
  • Writings on Crime, Morality and Deviance
  • Violent Crime
  • Volunteering in Criminology

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Final Year Project

Optional modules 

  • Criminological Investigation: Miscarriages of Justice, The Justice Project
  • Criminological Investigation: Investigating Serious Crimes
  • Organised Crime
  • Policing Society
  • Criminology Psychology
  • Sport and Crime
  • Understanding Political Violence. The contradictions of Terrorism
  • Forensic Criminology
  • The Politics of Crime
  • Crime and Humanity
  • Riots, Protest and the Law
  • Drug and Alcohol: Use and Control
  • Criminal Bodies
  • Criminology Independent Project

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Key features of the Criminology course are the opportunities to engage with practitioners and professions related to criminology and the criminal justice system. Visiting lectures, volunteering and work-based modules provide students with direct contact with and experience of work in contexts such as the police service, prison, probation and community -based organisations and agencies. Embedded in the course is the experience of working on the Innocence Project, which introduces live cases of criminal appeals. This is a unique opportunity for students to contribute to and experience real-world criminology in action. There is a student-led society which works closely with the Crime and Justice Research Centre to organise talks and trips.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

Our team of Criminology lecturers have professional and academic expertise in a range of relevant areas including working for the police, probation and the Youth Offending sector, and collaborating with investigative journalists, magistrates, youth workers and barristers. The course is complimented by a Forensic Studies degree, whose students take some of the Criminology courses, and whose lecturers have an input into the Criminology programme around Forensic archaeology and crime scene investigation techniques.

In addition to the expertise within the University, the programme will work in partnership with agencies, organisations and individuals external to the University involved in a range of aspects of Criminology and crime related professions, occupations and issues. These will include the police, prison and probation service, representatives of the legal services and professions, those involved in youth, community and safety sectors as well as various members of the security services and former prisoners and offenders. This approach enables both the teaching team and the students of Criminology to engage with a range of relevant areas, issues and contacts outside the University, thereby providing the programme with a firm footing in the world outside academia.

Attendance regulations

Full attendance is expected on the Programme and students will be expected to attend all of the sessions timetabled or publicised during the teaching weeks. Where modules include both a lecture and a seminar, attendance will be checked for both sessions. Students will only be counted as having attended if they have signed the register for BOTH the lecture and the seminar concerned. 

If a student only attends 3 of the 12 taught sessions without valid concessionary grounds, any work submitted will be capped at the minimum pass mark of 40%. It must be emphasised that only those absences without good cause will be penalised. 

Where a student's absence lasts for more than two consecutive teaching weeks, the student will be required to provide the Course Administrator with a written explanation, so that this may be placed within the Student's file. If the absence is for longer, then a medical certificate must be submitted to the Course Administrator; it will be the responsibility of the student to provide the necessary documentation/evidence.

Where there is persistent absence from teaching and learning sessions (for example, missed 3 teaching and learning sessions in a particular module), the student will be requested to meet with the Module Leader. The Course Administrator will monitor attendance and highlight any issues to the Module Leader. 

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library



Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 74 per cent coursework
  • 19 per cent written exams
  • 7 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 87 per cent coursework
  •  5 per cent written exams
  • 8 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 88 per cent coursework
  • 9 per cent written exams
  • 3 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates are equipped for a wide range of criminal justice careers including the police service, youth and probation work, and the prison service. The Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs, legal firms and other relevant support roles in crime-related work are also potential employment routes.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

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