BA (Honours) in Criminology and Law

The Open University

Programme Description

BA (Honours) in Criminology and Law

The Open University

Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This degree takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system and examines its relationship with criminal behaviour.

You’ll explore issues such as anti-social behaviour, poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, child labour, as well as global threats from cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations, and their implications for justice.

Key features of the course

  • Get to grips with the complex issues behind today’s crime, law and justice headlines
  • Understand, interpret and apply concepts of crime and law to the real world
  • Learn the tools of the trade for these two crucial subjects
  • Increase your employability across a diverse range of careers

Please note, if you wish to gain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) you should select our Bachelor of Laws (Q79).

We also offer a Diploma in Higher Education in Criminology and Law (W52) that is the same in structure as the first two-thirds of this degree.

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • At Stage 1 you’ll study two 60-credit introductory modules – one with a focus on law and one with a focus on the social sciences.
  • Next, at Stage 2, you’ll study two further 60-credit modules exploring public and criminal law, and social welfare and crime control.
  • Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll study two from a choice of three 30-credit law modules and complete your degree with a 60-credit criminology module.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.

Skills for career development

As well as the specific knowledge gained from studying this OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers. You will develop skills in critically scrutinising and reassess everyday understandings of crime and criminal justice, as well as knowledge of the key institutions which make up criminal justice and legal systems. You will study two of the foundation subjects for a Qualifying Law Degree, and develop legal research skills as well as skills of comprehension, analysis and presentation.

Please note that completion of this degree will not provide you with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).

Career relevance

This degree opens up a diverse range of career paths, including:

  • advice work
  • community development
  • the crown prosecution service
  • housing
  • human resources
  • local government
  • mental health support and drug rehabilitation
  • the police and prison services
  • refugee and victim support
  • social research
  • social and youth work.

You might use your degree to access a law conversion course, to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales, while many students choose to progress to masters courses.

Outside of criminal justice and legal professions, typical employers include:

  • banks and insurance companies
  • charities
  • the NHS
  • educational institutions
  • HR departments
  • local and central government.

Some of these career paths relate directly to criminology and law, others draw upon the graduate skills that you’ll acquire. This degree does not provide direct entry to the career fields listed, but it may ease access and increase your employability in relation to them, and it enhances prospects for progression once you are qualified to enter them.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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