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What makes Applied Criminology at Worcester special?

This course has been specifically designed as a preparation for work in the criminal justice field. To facilitate future employment the programme incorporates the knowledge base of the National Occupational Standards from the Skills for Justice Framework.

Work-based learning is a hallmark of the programme. During each of your three years of study you will gain knowledge and experience of work through access to a variety of placements across the justice sector. You will be asked to reflect on your experience and integrate the knowledge and skills gained with offending behaviour related theory.

Key features

  • This course was developed in conjunction with the former West Mercia Probation Trust and the relationship continues with the newly formed Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)           
  • The course is designed for individuals who have an interest in developing their knowledge and critical understanding of crime, it causes and the impact on the individual, families and society as a whole.  It can be studied full or part-time           
  • Learn the theory, policy and practices of the criminal justice system and apply that learning through supervised placements
  • The course offers 4 placements over the 3 years in a range of sectors with a wide range of agencies. Please read our Supervised Placements information for more details.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

The points used above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Life experience is a valuable asset for work in the criminal justice system and related sectors. We therefore welcome applications from mature students.

Other information

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

Other courses are available for students who do not meet these requirements.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Foundations of Practice (National Occupational Standards)
  • Applying Sociology


  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Policy: From Theory to Real Life

Year 2


  • Professional Practice 1 (National Occupational Standards)
  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective
  • Media and Crime
  • Delivering Rehabilitation


  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
  • Policing in England and Wales

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Professional Practice 2 (National Occupational Standards)
  • Crime, Criminals, Victims and Communities
  • Mental Health in the Context of Offending Behaviour and the Criminal Justice System


  • Domestic Abuse
  • Substance Misuse
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Responses to Crime: The Justice Process

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

  • The teaching programme is participative and interactive depending on discussion and group work as well as more formal lectures and seminars. You will learn by taking part and speaking out and reflecting on the relationship between theory, policy and practice.
  • Over the course of your three years of study you will be encouraged to become an independent learner and thinker. In the first year you are supported by the academic tutorial system and module and practitioner tutor guidance. In the second year you will begin to become an independent learner. By the third year you are expected to be able to study independently with minimal support and will complete an independent study on a topic of your own choice. In your final year placement you will be expected, with guidance, to take responsibility for your own supervised case work.







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    Worcester University students start their placements at YSS

    YSS are delighted to welcome our 3 new Worcester University work placement students.  They are studying for a BA Criminology degree. The university programme is designed for individuals who have an interest in developing their knowledge and critical understanding of crime, its causes and the impact on the individual, families and society as a whole.

    For more information, read the full story here.

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    Award Winning Placements

    The University of Worcester has recently established an award winning partnership with the YSS, following their achievement of the "Outstanding Practice Learning Environment" award for offering work placements and mentoring to our Applied Criminology students.

    YSS CEO, Lorraine Preece commented: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Worcester and thrilled with our award for Outstanding Practice Learning Environment in relation to the work we are carrying out in offering work placements and mentoring to their applied criminology students."

    For more information, read the full story here.

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    University of Worcester links with YSS

    Worcester University’s new  Criminology degree , has seen some of its  first year  students  go on placement to YSS this semester.

    Mark Steadman, YSS Senior Keyworker, Julie Hannington and Alison Steedman, YSS Keyworkers,  have all  successfully completed  their Student mentor training.

    For more information, read the full story here.



  • News

    Applied Criminology Student Thrives on Placement

    Applied Criminology student, Chloe Stokes, is celebrating top grades after completing her placement at Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (WWM CRC).

    Chloe joined Stan Reeves, Community Payback Supervisor and Jan Breen, Community Payback Manager at the WWM CRC for almost three months in January 2015 as part of a work placement for her University of Worcester Applied Criminology degree.

    For more information, read the full story here.


Where could it take you?


An applied degree in Criminology with practice placements in a range of settings provides an excellent foundation for work within the justice sector, particularly probation. However, as the degree is oriented to the broad field of criminal justice, graduates will be well prepared for entry into the prison and police services, and the increasing opportunities available in the private and third sectors.

Postgraduate study is a further option for instance in Social Work, Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Social Work and Community Studies or other vocationally oriented awards.


Supervised Placements

You will have the opportunity to complete supervised placements, with organisations including:


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will be responsible for meeting the costs of travel to and from placement, and where applicable car parking costs. Every effort is made to keep these costs to a minimum.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Applied Criminology BA (Hons) 5L38


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Kate Bramford
01905 542652