University of West London
Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation BA (Hons)
University of West London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course in Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation combines work-based learning with an understanding of criminal motivation, the gathering of scientific evidence and the workings of the criminal justice and penal systems, both in the UK and abroad.

You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a criminal justice-related role.

This is an exciting course that covers criminology theory as well as practical skills.

Modules dedicated to work or volunteering in criminal justice organisations and allied fields are an essential part of this course. These are crucial for developing the skills and experience that can help you to find relevant employment once you graduate. Areas you could work in during these modules include:

  • youth offending

  • victim support

  • crime prevention

  • witness support

  • various policing support roles, including as a special constable.

As well as enhancing employability, this practical experience will help you to absorb what you study and understand how it applies in the real world.

This criminology and policing course will also cover the gathering of scientific evidence. You will have access to our crime scene rooms and laboratory, where you will have the chance to develop core skills in forensics.

Our teaching strategy puts you at the centre of the learning process. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods designed to suit different learning styles and goals. Throughout the course, we will use well-structured activities to make sure your experience is engaging.

Finally, you may also be able to travel to the United States of America to visit criminal justice institutions and agencies, further enhancing your learning experience.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 50 graduates of Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation BA (Hons) at University of West London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Criminology.

Overall student satisfaction
72 /100
50 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation BA (Hons) at University of West London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £20000 £19500
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £28500 £13500 - £29000 £11500 - £33000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Criminology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20172 £19253 £23053
25-75 percentile range £18005 - £24181 £14653 - £23983 £17422 - £28746

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation BA (Hons) at University of West London

20% Caring personal services
15% Welfare and housing associate professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Welfare Professionals
10% Protective service occupations
5% Elementary occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Sales occupations
0% Managers, directors and senior officials

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Pass Access to HE Diploma (Minimum of 45 credits at level 3)

GCSE (or recognised equivalent) English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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Costs

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of University of West London in top UK and global rankings.

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About University of West London

The University of West London (UWL) is a government funded university in England. West London is made up of eight distinct schools: Claude Littner Business School, London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism, the School of Computing and Engineering, the College of Nursing, London College of Music, the School of Law and Criminology, the School of Human and Social Sciences, and the London School of Film.

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Where is this programme taught

Ealing / Brentford
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Main site - West London
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