If you're interested in studying the behaviour and psychology of criminals, then you'll want a course that offers the best start for your career. Our programme offers a variety of pathways to take, allowing you to focus on modules specific to your personal and professional development. You'll learn the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in criminology, helping you explore issues relevant to the criminal justice sector. Get started with the University of Cumbria on your future as an expert in criminal behaviour.
Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.
Course Study Options
We also offer this course with an Integrated Foundation Year - follow the link for more information.Integrated Foundation Year
This course is intended for those wishing to work in the wider criminal justice sector and related areas. You'll be able to explore potential careers through employability-based modules and will be encouraged to become involved in volunteering opportunities.
- Criminological Foundation
- Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
- Applying Psychology to the Criminal Justice System
- Research in Crime and Justice
- Introduction to Sociology
- Working With People
- Explaining Crime
- Prisons & Punishment
- Social Research: Methods and Applications
- Social Exclusion
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Criminological & Forensic Psychology
- New Ideas in Criminology
- Violence & Society
- Representations of Crime
- Victims of Crime
- Interpersonal Violence
- Criminal Justice Policy
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
96-112 UCAS tariff points. Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience. We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.
You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
112 UCAS tariff points.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
Making your application
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc. The PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional costs
The skills you learn on this course will lead to a variety of careers in the criminal justice sector, as well as wider partner agencies.
Resources and facilities
This course has been developed in consultation with the wider criminal justice sector within Cumbria and further afield. You'll be prepared for a variety of roles within this professional field throughout the programme, with access to fantastic learning facilities to enhance your studies.