BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice and Youth Justice

Crime and Youth Justice are increasingly challenging issues. The BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice and Youth Justice degree gives a real insight into the theories, policies, politics and practices that surround how we as a society respond to young people in trouble.

The youth justice system in England and Wales is responsible for sentencing and working with young people under the age of 18 who have committed a criminal offence. The system also intervenes with young people whose behaviour is problematic before they enter the formal court system. The main aim of the youth justice system is the prevention of youth crime. As well as understanding criminal behaviour in people of all ages, you will explore the main issues around youth crime and the youth justice system, as well as how society responds to young offenders. Find us on Twitter @USWCriminology.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
LM3G Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
LM3G Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

Year One

The first year offers an introduction to the youth justice system, and criminology and criminal justice. You’ll gain a better understanding of crime and the victims of crime, with an emphasis on children, young people and society.

  • Understanding Criminal Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Understanding Crime, Victims and Society
  • Children, Young People and Society
  • Introduction to Youth Justice
  • Researching Crime and Criminal Justice I

Year Two

You will study:

  • Penology: Punishment and Sentencing
  • Policing
  • Researching Crime and Justice II
  • Understanding Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Substance Misuse
  • Youth Justice – The Historical Perspectives

Year Three

In the final year, you can conduct an in-depth investigation in an area that interests you. Modules you will study include:

  • Young People in the Criminal Justice System
  • Youth Gangs and Troublesome Groups
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Investigations
  • Terrorism, Security and the War on Terror
  • Guided Independent Study – Youth Justice
  • Women and Criminal Justice
  • Comparative Youth Justice

Teaching

You will study through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Study includes visits to outside agencies to gain a unique insight into the British Criminal Justice System.

You will also have the opportunity to learn from a number of visiting speakers from within the sector. They will provide you with unique, varied perspectives and knowledge from different areas within the Criminal Justice System.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, exams and case studies.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS £57.2
For 2nd year students electing to do the Professional Practice module where their placement requires it. The fee covers the cost of the enhanced check, online admin fees and the post office checks.
Placement expenses: work placement £0 - £300
2nd year students can undertake a period of work placement if they take the Professional Practice module. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.
Other: Text books £0 - £200
The library will hold text books, but students may wish to purchase their own copies.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Graduates have gone on to have very successful careers in the criminal justice system and youth justice systems with many working for Youth Justice Services, the Probation Service, Victim Support, the Police Force, Prison Service and other areas related to the justice system such as Women’s Aid, drug and housing agencies and Pupil Referral Units.

Many graduates also progress to postgraduate study and research in the social sciences.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.