Education and Criminology (BSc Econ)

Criminology and Education offers students the chance to acquire knowledge of the educational policies and systems governing various societies.

This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Criminology and Education within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.

Criminology is the field of study which focuses on criminalisation, victimisation, and social responses to crime and disorder. We draw on a range of social science perspectives and offer you the chance to explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to crime and its control.

You will examine how to approach problems of crime, justice and control as a social scientist before applying your new research-driven skills to real world issues and debates.

Our Education teaching is informed by our research in education and the latest developments in policy and practice, encompassing aspects of culture and identity, childhood and youth, gender and ethnicity, and social justice and inclusion.

Core modules are aimed at developing a deep understanding of the social, historical, political, economic and developmental contexts of education – in Wales, the UK and internationally.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to learn from leading criminologists with strong links to police, probation and prisons, as well as local authorities, and Welsh and UK government institutions.
  • Our close links with policy makers, as well as local schools, colleges and other education/training organisations, provide opportunities for you to actively engage with educators and practice.
  • Although this is not a teaching qualification, it is a chance to study education in ways that go beyond a focus on classroom practice. You will study the wider debates around education, laying the foundation for a wide variety of careers.
  • The opportunity for you to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF).
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School.
  • The opportunity to study abroad.

Key facts

UCAS CodeXM39
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has 280 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 1250 applications.
Typical A level offerABB, excluding General Studies.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the core, plus grades BB at A-Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer34-33 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, with the option of completing a 40-credit dissertation in year three. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

Year one

In year one, you will study six core modules that will provide you with the foundations of both disciplines.

Criminology foundation modules focus on developing your capacity to think about problems of crime, justice and crime control as a social scientist. A strong emphasis is placed on introducing you to the research methods involved in gathering criminological data and the relationships between this evidence and the theories developed within criminology. In addition to studying education and society, you will also be introduced to social and development psychology.

In the first year, you’ll have a more intensive personal tutor programme to help you to make the transition to higher education.

Year two

There are four core modules in year two in addition to which you must take at least one of:

  • Human Development 
  • Children and Childhood
  • What Really Happens in Education: Assessing Policy in Practice

Any remaining credits can be taken from any of the subjects in the optional module list.

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with you future career choices in mind.

Year three

In year three, you will have the option of undertaking a dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project under one-to-one supervision by a member of academic staff. The dissertation will be studied alongside core modules.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.

As social science develops in response to the social world, so our curriculum also changes.  Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Student-Staff Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.

How will I be supported?

A personal tutor will guide you for the duration of your studies.  The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.

All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:

  • knowledge of contemporary theory and research in both Criminology and Education;
  • communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
  • using ICT;
  • interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support in the composition of research projects;
  • demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
  • recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
  • managing learning and performance (including time management);
  • demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.

In 2013/14, 95% of School of Social Science graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.

Our Criminology graduates have gone onto a range of related careers in criminal justice and the growing fields of community safety, crime reduction and security management. Others have followed a variety of career paths including research, teaching, policing, legal professions, social work and social care, administration and management.

Many of our Education graduates follow up their time here with a one-year teacher training (PGCE) course that enables them to  enter the teaching professions, while others go into a range of professions from youth and community work to social policy and government, management and others.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2016/17)

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2016/17)

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

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