Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice

BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course encourages you to develop a broad-based understanding of the social and political context of crime. Key themes are: understanding and contextualising crime, examining the role of key agencies, studying the developing area of risk assessment and examining ways of working constructively with offenders. In addition you will develop an understanding of the nature, context and challenges of criminal behaviour.


The course has been designed to offer hands-on experience of the criminal justice system in practice. New developments include visits to a prison in the North West of England, the opportunity to attend crown court and guest lecturers with first-hand experience of the system in operation.

Click here to read more about the range of new opportunities to put theory into practice on this redesigned course.

Key facts

  • The lecturers in this area have wide and ongoing  experience of working in the criminal justice sector and are research active in the areas of work with offending behaviour, youth justice, women and crime and substance misuse.
  • Good links with criminal justice agencies and employers such as Police, Probation Trusts, magistrates courts and the youth justice service.
  • Innovative and flexible teaching methods are used with part of the course being delivered online.
  • Face to face lectures take place two days a week.
  • Staff are experienced practitioners and academics who bring issues to life through case studies.

Course content

This degree level programme will enable you to analyse the variety and types of crime which concern professionals working in  criminal justice contexts.

You will explore the social and psychological causes of crime, the way the criminal justice system responds to it and  what can be done to prevent crime and rehabilitate offenders. You will also examine criminal law and the role and work of the agencies that make up a modern criminal justice system.

Towards the end of the course you will be able to choose from a selection of optional modules covering forensic psychology, youth justice, and miscarriages of justice.  Where possible students  take part in site visit s which in the past  have included visits to a Crown Court and a Prison. 

In addition, students are introduced to a variety of voluntary work opportunities and have the chance to learn from visiting   lecturers such as Judges, Police, Probation and Youth Justice staff who work in the criminal justice system.


Year 1:

  • Study Skills: To support students for learning and on-going personal and professional development in higher education.

  • Criminal Justice and Law: This module will give the student an underpinning knowledge of Criminal Justice and Law. It will focus on key concepts such as the definition of crime and the philosophy of sentencing.

  • Drugs, Alcohol and Crime: To consider the range and extent of drugs that are used and appreciate the social context of their use. It will introduce students to the social construction of the 'drugs prblem'.

  • Working with Offenders: This module will enable students to learn about and practice the skills which are essential to working with offenders effectively and reducing risk of re-offending.

  • Crime, Society and Social Policy: This module examines crime within a social context, for example, housing, education and health.

  • What is Psychology?


Year 2:

  • Criminology: To enable students to understand the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to crime, victimisation and responses to crime and deviance.

  • Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process: This provide students with an understanding of the nature and context of law, primarily focussing on criminal law. This will include the examination of the Criminal Justice Process including - courts and hearings for adults and young people; the theory and practice of sentencing; prison and community based penalties; and the place of human rights in these processes. 

  • Social Difference and Inequality: Students will develop a critical understanding of the relationship of social class, gender, race, age, ethnicity, language and other salient aspects of diversity in relation to crime victimisation and responses to these phenomena.

  • Criminal Justice in Practice: Study the criminal justice agencies that comprise the criminal justice system in England and Wales and critically analyse their contribution to the management of crime and the protection of the public.

  • Research Methods: Gain an understanding and critical appreciation of the nature and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in relation to issues of crime, victimisation, and responses to crime and deviance. 

  • Crime in Contemporary Society: To provide students with a critical knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary crimes and criminal behaviours committed within the contemporary society.


Year 3:

  • Dissertation: Produce an independently research project based upon primary data. Argue a thesis based upon a comprehensive understanding of criminology theory, good research practice and criminal justice policy. Synthesise knowledge and understandings gained throughout their criminology programme of undergraduate study.

  • Multi-Agency Working: The study of criminal justice agencies that comprise the criminal justice system in England and Wales, critically analysing their contribution to the management of crime and the protection of the public.

  • Control, Justice and Punishment: A critical evaluation of the social and historical development of justice, sentencing and punishment and social control.

  • Youth Justice: Critically examine the meanings attached to childhood, youth and crime and the provision made for children and young people who offend.

  • Forensic Psychology: To discover the main aspects of the discipline of forensic psychology.

  • Constructing Guilt and Innocence: To study the legal and social constructions of guilt and innocence , including the study of a seclection of cases which have gone to criminal trial.


There is a variety of assessment methods for this course, including essays, presentations, case studies and examinations. You will be required to do a dissertation on a topic of your interest.

Meet the student

Meet the student



Get an insight of the experience at Glyndŵr University and an inside look on the Criminology and Criminal Justice Course by viewing Tegan Sollis' student profile






Other students who studied this course:

Joanne Amy Prescott's profile

Student Charlene Thompson

Meet the team

Criminology and Criminal Justice has been taught at Glyndwr University for more than 10 years by a team of reseach-active lecturers with many years (and on-going) experience of criminal justice practice.

Meet the lecturers:

Dr Caroline Gorden

Dr Sarah Dubberley

Dr Iolo Madoc-Jones

Dr Caroline Hughes

Career opportunities

There is an excellent range of career opportunities in the field of criminal and community justice. Graduates have progressed to careers in the police and probation services, victim support, the prison service, the youth offending service and drug and alcohol agencies, as well as jobs within the voluntary sector.

Our degree may also enable you to progress on to a law conversion course should you wish to do so or follow a completely different career path. 

If you want to further your studies, the university runs the MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.


Glyndŵr University is committed to ensuring all of our graduates are well-equipped for the world of work. Throughout your time with us you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your employability.

Course duration

Full-time: Three years

Part-time: Five years 


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

Entry requirements and applying

240 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or Equivalent. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. 

If you are an international student please visit the countries page and select your country to see the relevant academic and English language entry requirements.

UCAS code: M240

Part-time applicants should apply direct


Watch Dr Caroline Gorden, programme leader of Ba (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice at Glyndŵr University, talk about the degree

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