Criminology - BA (Hons)

Keele was at the forefront of offering a named Bachelor's degree in Criminology in the UK and has many years experience of teaching Criminology to undergraduate students. Our research-led programme combines theoretical understanding of crime with practical application of this knowledge. You will explore various areas of the criminal justice system including policing, prisons, and rehabilitation. You will delve into the contemporary issues and challenges around why people commit crime and how we respond to it. Your knowledge and critical approach will help to prepare you for a career in policing, criminal justice or other related fields.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

UCAS code

  • L611

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Criminology at Keele University?

Global Top 300 for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2022)
Keele pioneered the teaching of undergraduate Criminology in the UK
Option to study abroad to experience a different culture at a partner university
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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Foundation Year course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Criminology degree. For example, the Foundations of Social Sciences 1 module introduces you to the ‘backbone’ of social sciences, the concept of social inclusion, the factors that lead to exclusion and the impact this may have on individuals, families and communities. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage.

Foundation Year course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one modules

FYO-00247

Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing

15 credits

FYO-00263

Foundations of Social Sciences - 1

15 credits

FYO-00265

Foundations of Social Sciences - 2

15 credits

FYO-00267

Foundations of Social Sciences (Option)

15 credits

Semester two modules

FYO-00271

University Research Portfolio

30 credits

FYO-00269

Advancing Social Sciences

30 credits

Foundation Year entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

How to apply for a Foundation Year

Applicants will need to apply for BA (Hons) Criminology with Foundation Year (UCAS code ML93) through UCAS at www.ucas.com

Foundation Year direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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