Criminology is one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging subjects offered at university. It draws on several academic disciplines - psychology, sociology, social policy, law and even biology - to investigate some of the most pressing social problems of our time: what are the causes of crime and what should we do about it? Why are some forms of misconduct defined as crime and others not? How best can we support victims of crime?
You can study Criminology in Swansea as the core subject of the Single Honours BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice, or as a Joint Honours subject in combination with Social Policy or Law.
Three good A2 Levels are expected; Access and other qualifications are considered and reflect the standard expected at A Level.
BSc Criminology & Social Policy: grades BBB
Desirable subjects: English Language &/or Literature; History; Law; Sociology; Psychology; Geography; Philosophy.
Welsh Baccalaureate pass is considered equivalent to grade A at A2 level.
We do not include A-level General Studies in our offers.
- in a related subject (eg Law; Uniformed Public Services).
· Grades DDM (for all three degree schemes)
Access to Higher Education Diploma:
BSc Criminology & Criminal Justice & BSc Criminology & Social Policy: pass at level 3, to include 18 Distinctions, 18 Merits, & Merit in the integrated project.
Year 1 (Level 4)
HE Level 4 Degree / HECert
An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights
The Criminological Imagination
Study Skills in Criminology and Social Policy
The Sociology of Social Policy
The Philosophy of Social Policy: An Introduction to Concepts, Ideas and Ideologies
The Politics of Social Policy
Environments of Social Policy
We are committed to helping our students pursue their chosen career. For those interested in working in the criminal justice system, there is a work placements scheme which includes placements at various local agencies such as the Youth Offending Team, the Crown Court, South Wales Police and the local Substance Misuse Action Team.
The Department periodically invites Criminal Justice practitioners including youth justice officers, prison officers and probation officers to deliver sessions and to discuss employability issues. The University also participates in a Summer School at the University of Central Oklahoma, which includes a Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Justice placement. Our students receive careers advice from personal tutors and the Department has also introduced a first year module that focuses on how to develop a career after obtaining a Criminology Degree.
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