School of Law, Criminology and Government

BSc (Hons) Police and Criminal Justice Studies

Ready to make a difference? Police and Criminal Justice Studies is a degree for those with an interest in a policing-related career and the academic study of policing. It provides volunteering and work-based learning opportunities to put to practice the knowledge you gain from the course. We aim to provide you with an academically rigorous programme of study with plenty of opportunities to engage with the real world, developing skills and an employability profile to prepare you for your career.

You will benefit from practitioner involvement in teaching. You will be able to make the most of volunteering and placement opportunities. You will also acquire transferable skills equipping you for a career outside the criminal justice system. We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 return showing that 93 per cent of our students thought staff made the subject interesting.*

It's not too late to apply for 2018

Don’t worry if you’ve missed the UCAS January deadline. 

If you want to study with us in September 2018, contact us for advice about available spaces on this course.

Get in touch with our friendly admissions team on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email us at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

The final deadline for UCAS applications is 30 June 2018.

Key features

  • Benefit from practitioner involvement in teaching.
  • Make the most of volunteering and placement opportunities.
  • Career destinations include the police service, but also other criminal justice-related occupations and the private security sector.
  • Students acquire transferable skills equipping them for a career outside the criminal justice system.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll develop foundation knowledge of the role of the police service and the wider criminal justice system. Interrogate theories which explain crime, criminality and deviance, alongside gaining an insight into the practical aspects of crime scene management. Participate in accredited volunteering opportunities in a policing context.
    Core modules
    • CCJS1112 Criminology and Crime Problems

      This module introduces students to the subject of criminology. It emphasises criminology's multi-disciplinary and the different perspectives, methods and sources of information that it draws upon in developing theories about the different causes and problematizations of crime and deviance.

    • CCJS1115 Being a Criminologist

      The module provides students with a grounding in the concepts, techniques, methods and skills necessary for developing a criminological analysis to crime and justice. Students will analyse key contemporary examples of crime, justice and social issues pertinent at the time which could include; murder, the war on drugs, police brutality and injustice within the courts. Students will assess the strengths and weakness of criminological and methodological approaches to understanding these examples.

    • CCJS1116 Crime in Context

      This module provides students with an introduction to key questions in the study of criminology and criminal justice, providing them with necessary skills to be a successful and reflexive student of criminology. The module places criminology in the context of economic, political and social interpretative frameworks, and contributes to the creation of a criminological imagination. Furthermore, the module uses this basis to introduce students to theoretical discussions that critique and question the role and practices of the main criminal justice institutions in England and Wales in relation to historical perspectives, equality, space and place and social justice, more broadly.

    • CCJS1117 An Introduction to the Crime Problem Policy Process

      This module introduces students to the policy process through which crime problems are constructed, comprehended, and responded to. It introduces and examines the diversity of roles performed in this process by a range of state and non-state actors.

    • CCJS1118 Forensic Criminology

      This module introduces students to the processes, techniques and methods of criminal investigations from the crime scene to the courtroom. Important areas, such as crime analysis, crime mapping, forensic science and the use of evidence, are contextualised within the construction and prosecution of criminal cases.

    • CCJS1119 21st Century Criminological Issues

      The module introduces students to the global challenges of crime and crime control. It does so by drawing on contextual examples of contemporary developments to the landscape of crime, deviancy, social problems, globalisation and criminal justice. Students will assess the strengths and weakness of criminological approaches to understanding these examples.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will study the first part of the national pre-join police certificate. Examine contemporary policing issues in depth and detail, and develop and apply practical research skills and critical thinking. Gain experience by participating in accredited volunteering opportunities in a policing context.
    Core modules
    • CCJS2115 Crime, Theory and Culture

      This module examines contemporary criminological theory and scholarship, providing a critical analysis of new directions at the forefront of the discipline. The module covers the intersections of criminology with contemporary social theory, communications theory, urban studies, international relations, cultural theory and zemiology.

    • CCJS2117 Professional Knowledge of Policing I

      This module provides students with a practical knowledge and understanding of policing and police law, situated within the relevant contemporary social context of England and Wales.

    • CCJS2120 Researching Crime and Criminal Justice

      This module describes and assesses the reliability and validity of the different methodologies and sources of information utilised in criminal justice research, focusing especially upon the collection and use of official statistics, surveys, interviews and observational studies. The module also provides practical experience for students in using specialist quantitative and qualitative computer programmes for analysing data.

    • CCJS2121 Policing and Community Safety

      This module affords students an opportunity to explore, in depth, the structures, practices and key issues facing modern policing and community safety in the UK. It focuses particularly upon the police service, but also upon developments in plural policing, including the expansion of partnership policing.

    • CCJS2125 Prisons, 'Probation' and Penality

      This module draws on theories of penality to analyse and evaluate penal policy and practice. In particular it critically examines contemporary issues, developments and debates relating to the use of imprisonment and community sentences for adult offenders.

    • CCJS2126 Professional Knowledge of Policing II

      This module provides students with a practical knowledge and understanding of policing and police law, situated within the relevant contemporary social context of England and Wales.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you'll complete your independent research-based dissertation on an area of policing of interest to you. Study specialist policing and criminal justice related topics, which includes the concluding part of the national pre-join police certificate. Take part in a policing related work-based learning placement.

    Core modules
    • CCJS3142 Criminology/Police and Criminal Justice Studies Dissertation

      This module provides students with the opportunity to design and implement their own research project, working independently but under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

    • CCJS3144 Professional Knowledge of Policing II

      This module provides students with a practical knowledge and understanding of policing and police law, situated within the relevant contemporary social context of England and Wales

    Optional modules
    • CCJS3141 Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies: Work Based Learning

      This module provides students with opportunities to gain practical insights into the workings of criminal justice (and related) organisations, and to link such insights with criminological theory and knowledge. In addition the module will prepare students for the graduate job market and encourage their autonomous engagement in personal development planning.

    • CCJS3143 Professional Knowledge of Policing I

      This module provides students with a practical knowledge and understanding of policing and police law, situated within the relevant contemporary social context of England and Wales.

    • CCJS3145 Comparative Youth Justice

      This module compares and contrasts youth justice policies and processes in a range of different countries. In particular, it analyses the impact of socio-political and cultural factors on youth justice debates from a comparative international perspective.

    • CCJS3148 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

      This module focuses upon a contemporary criminal justice-related issue that has received attention in the media and in official reports but may not be well covered yet in an established academic literature. The purpose of the module is for students to collect data on the issue and to subject it to a thorough criminological analysis, using the variety of concepts and perspectives covered throughout the degree programme.

    • CCJS3149 Crime and the City

      Crime and deviance are intrinsic to life in the city. Most crimes are experienced and reported within the city, while urban areas provide unique social and cultural conditions under which criminal activity and disorder are able to flourish. Our mediatised experience of cities, if not our reality, is often of cities as alien and dangerous spaces, in which the threat and fear of violence and criminal activity is constant. This module attempts to view the urban from a number of different perspectives, examining how the socioeconomic changes which have shaped urban areas, not just in the UK, but globally, affect life at the nexus of crime and the city

    • CCJS3150 Crimes of the Powerful

      Criminology has tended to ignore crimes of the powerful instead focusing on everyday street crimes and the crimes of lower status individuals. This module rebalances this bias by focusing on the crimes that power makes possible. It introduces students to theory, research, and case-studies on corporate and white-collar crimes, as well as state crimes.

    • CCJS3154 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice

      This module examines the relevance of gender in understanding the experiences and treatment of women offenders within the criminal justice system. This gendered perspective draws on theoretical and empirical insights to engage critically with malestream criminology and to review the important issues in relation to policy and practice that arise from this.

    • CCJS3156 Criminology of War

      This module explores the issue of crime in the context of war and conflict. Theoretical and conceptual understandings of crime, violence, victimisation and justice will be used to interrogate acts considered as war crimes. The module will address the history of crimes committed in war and will critically explore international criminal justice responses.

    • CCJS3158 Drugs, Crime and Society

      This module critically examines the social construction of drug use and control in the UK and internationally, analysing the relationship between drugs, crime and society. A comparative approach will be utilized to explore the contextual dimensions of illicit drug use and control. Students will read criminological texts, engage with works from other disciplines and critically analyse non-academic sources, including popular journalism, internet sites and postings, and films.

    • CCJS3162 Victims, Violence and the Criminal Justice System

      This module examines women's experiences of victimisation as victims of sexual violence, domestic violence and workplace violence.

    • CCJS3165 Crime, Punishment and Social Change

      This module responds to a growing criminological interest in the history of crime and punishment. It examines how attitudes towards crime and the punishments used have changed and developed since the 18th century. It introduces students to historical research methods by utilising both digital and local archives, and encourages them to research aspects from crime history and critically compare and contrast them with contemporary perspectives and criminological literature.

    • CCJS3166 Digital Crime and Deviancy

      This module explores the issue of crime related to digital technology, in particular the Internet. It will consider how digital technology normalises and legitimises criminal activity, with a particular focus on harassment, sexual crimes and activities related to children and young people. The module will also consider approaches to tackling digital crime, considering legislative approaches contrasted against human rights issues.

    • CCJS3167 Professional Investigations: Principles and Practice

      This module provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the role of private security provision within the mixed economy of security in contemporary society. The module incorporates completion of the Security Industry Authority's recognised award for Professional Investigations. Students are therefore offered the opportunity to learn the practice of professional investigation work and the principles underpinning such provision.

    • CCJS3168 Hate Crime

      This module will present the problem of `hate crime¿ to students by identifying legislation, policy and practice that has been framed within its context. It will deconstruct the notion of hate crime and provide a critical reflection on the notion of `hate¿ and its manifestations in late modernity.

    • CCJS3171 International Human Rights and 'Children First' Youth Justice

      This module compares and contrasts youth justice policies and processes in a range of different countries. In particular, it analyses the impact of socio-political and cultural factors on youth justice debates from a comparative international perspective. This includes an analysis of the extent to which countries comply with international human rights standards.

    • LCG300A Research Traineeship

      This module affords students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of social research by working under the direct supervision of an academic member of staff on an established research project. In particular, they will be involved in the collection and/or analysis of research data, and will be encouraged to reflect on the practical application of their research knowledge and skills in an applied setting.

    • LCG300B Research Traineeship

      This module affords students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of social research by working under the direct supervision of an academic member of staff on an established research project. In particular, they will be involved in the collection and/or analysis of research data, and will be encouraged to reflect on the practical application of their research knowledge and skills in an applied setting.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Police and Criminal Justice Studies 17 18 4568

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104

A levels
Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

BTEC
18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction. 

IB
26 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.

GCSE
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.



For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,000 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



People

Thomas Crabb - graduate profile

There were so many opportunities available to me at University, which have really helped me get to where I am today.

Thomas Crabb, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies graduate, talks about the course and his career with the police.

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Justice Works

Justice Works encompasses a range of activities within the Law School that aim to promote social justice.

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Management, Government and Law Foundation Route

Worried about not meeting the entry requirements? You may be eligible for entry onto the foundation route for this degree or any other degree within the Faculty of Business.

Our foundation route covers management, government and law and is integral and common to our degree courses in management, law, criminology, sociology, international relations, politics and tourism.

The foundation route is designed to help you find the best possible direction for your studies and to provide the grounding necessary to progress with your chosen course.

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Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

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* These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.