Four compulsory units, two assessed internally (1 & 3) and two externally (2 & 4):

  1. Changing awareness of crime – different types of crime, public awareness and reporting.
  2. Criminological theories – how do we decide what behaviours are criminal and why do people turn to these acts?
  3. Crime scene to courtroom – focusing on the process from the initial crime until the final court verdict.
  4. Crime and punishment – the different approaches to dealing with crime and the effectiveness of each.


As a student of Criminology, you will develop the skills required for independent learning and development including a range of generic and transferable skills that will support learning in other subjects. In addition, students will be able to develop the ability to solve problems using project based research and presentation skills. As the content of the course is closely related to the real world context, students will also be able to develop skills that allow them to work in a professional environment and understand the functioning of the criminal justice system and crime related incidents in more detail. Students will also be able to use techniques and a wide range of relevant information to analyse crime-related issues and problems.


BSc Criminology, BSc Forensics, BSc Psychology, LLB Law, BSc Sociology.


Police officer, Forensic analyst, Psychologist, Lawyer, Counsellor, Teacher.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 – 9 in English Language, Grade 4 in Science.


50% internally controlled assessment 50% external examinations

Opportunities for work related activities

Opportunities may include visits to court, as well as meeting and networking with law professionals such as judges and lawyers.