Criminology (BSc Hons)

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Clearing 2019 is now open

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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Criminology (BSc Hons)

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Our criminology courses are in the UK top 20, rank 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction and 7th for graduate prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Our course has an applied focus, with opportunities to work with the police and to investigate. You'll engage with the everyday experiences of dealing with crime: the impacts on the victim, the implications for society, forensic investigation, policing in the community, the workings of the criminal justice system, and approaches to preventing and deterring criminal behaviour. Explore the causes and implications of different types of crime, including environmental crime, homicide, terrorism, organised crime, domestic violence and crimes against humanity.

You’ll investigate mock crime scenes, collecting and analysing evidence and discovering how it is presented in court.  You will have access to a forensic interviewing suite and  virtual reality equipment to study issues such as the  reliability of eye-witness testimony. Our lecturers include a leading expert who advises the police on domestic violence and homicide and makes regular media appearance including BBC One’s Panorama.

In their first year, our students study the relevance of criminology on a GB-based residential field week.  Later you can choose field-week modules that will take you to Belfast, where you will explore how restorative justice is helping to rebuild broking communities, or to Canada where you will learn about different criminal justice systems.

You can also develop real-world skills through work experience. Some students currently work with Gloucestershire Police, the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Gloucester City Safe. You can gain credit from these experiences towards your degree.  Join our Homicide Research Group to analyse homicide risks, or help the police tackle anti-social behaviour by volunteering for our Student Community Patrol.

We scored 93% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2019.

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Study style

Alongside lectures and seminars, you will learn through teamwork activities, mock crime scenes, and research projects.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

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We may be able to offer you a place on this course, even if you don't meet the entry requirements specified in the box below. Call us on 03330 432414 to find out more and discuss your options.

Tariff information for 2019 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeM900


To develop your skills for employment you can complete a short internship in the workplace. Our graduates progress into a range of roles for the police, prison service, youth service, community and victim support organisations.

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Student Focus

Joanna Szymanska

I’m a project officer within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

I support the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan. I work with community groups to create a safer Gloucestershire. As part of my degree, I volunteered with Cheltenham West End Partnership. I worked on projects to integrate diverse communities. I really enjoyed seeing the positive difference effective community engagement makes. It made me realise that I want to work with the community in this way.

Industry links

Organisations our students engage with include Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Restorative Gloucestershire, Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse, Youth Justice Services, Police Service Northern Ireland, Gloucester City Safe, Humber College (Canada).

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Gain experience in community policing

Our links with Gloucestershire Constabulary mean you can experience community policing first-hand, working as part of the Student Community Patrol which helps to keep people safe while they enjoy Cheltenham’s nightlife.

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Develop practical skills through mock crime scene investigations

Learn how a crime scene should be managed, and how forensic teams collect, preserve and analyse evidence.

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Learn from leading practitioners in lectures

Recent guest lecturers have included the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, former chief constables, professionals who work with victims of domestic violence, plus members of Thames Valley Anti-terrorism Unit, Youth Justice Services, Metropolitan Police Service, and HM Prison Service.

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