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Interested by criminal behaviours on individual and societal levels? A criminology degree will have you looking at patterns of crime in today’s society along with types of crime and punishment. You will draw on the likes of sociology, psychology and anthropology to further understand the wider contexts of crime and the victimisation that often comes with it.
Study a Criminology degree and you can find yourself working in criminal justice as a police officer, detective, counsellor, solicitor, crime scene investigator, and so many other career paths.
If your grades don’t meet the entry requirements to study Criminology at your Firm or Insurance choice universities, don’t feel too disheartened. You still have plenty of other options to consider, including searching through Clearing 2020 to find an alternative course to apply to. Here’s how to do it…
Criminology Degree Entry Requirements
The minimum UCAS tariff points to study Criminology ranges from 32 points (EE at A-Level) to 152 (A*AA at A-Level), with the average being 112 points. (BBC at A-Level)
For applicants with
A-Levels, universities don’t tend to require you to have studied any specific subjects in preparation for this degree. Typically, subjects such as General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded and cannot be counted as part of your points total.
BTECs are accepted by most universities for a Criminology degree, some universities look for you to have a BTEC National or Extended Diploma in a related subject but again this varies heavily from university to university. You’ll need a D*DD for the top universities, but could find a place on a course with as little as PP.
There are also a number of universities that offer Criminology degrees with integrated foundation years, specifically for students who don’t have the required qualifications to gain direct entry onto their degree programme. The first year is designed to equip students with the necessary academic knowledge and skills for degree level study.
The entry requirements for these courses are much lower - as little as 32 UCAS points - so could be a good option for you. It’s important to remember though, that not only will your degree take longer to complete, the extra year will add additional course fees (up to £9,250) and living expenses to the cost of your studies.
Note: The exact entry requirements for Criminology courses will vary from university to university. It’s important to check the individual course pages for exact entry information - including information on what other qualifications may be accepted - before making any applications.
It’s important to remember that universities don’t just assess you on your grades or UCAS points totals. They will also take into account your
personal statement, and how well you’ve communicated your passion for the subject and for your chosen career path. They will also want to see what you can contribute to university life, so will look favourably on students who’ve been active members of clubs and societies at college/sixth form.
Some universities may also ask students to attend an
interview or selection day and your performance here will form part of your application success.
Top tip: If you have only just missed out on the grades/UCAS points needed for your chosen university, it’s worth giving them a call to see if they would be willing to accept you - based on your personal statement and interview performance. There are no guarantees, but it’s worth a try.
The Best Universities for Criminology
According to the
Complete University Guide 2021 subject rankings the best universities for Criminology degree courses include:
University of Strathclyde (1
st Overall) London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (1
st for Research Quality) University of Bath (1st for Graduate Prospects)
University of Wolverhampton (1
st for Student Satisfaction)
Other universities found in the overall top 10 include: University of Birmingham; University of Glasgow; Loughborough University; and University of Bristol.
Don’t feel too disheartened if your UCAS points total doesn’t meet the entry requirements to study Criminology at these highly-ranked universities. And don’t assume that universities offering Criminology courses in Clearing are ‘bottom of the pile’. Many top universities, like those listed above, may have vacancies left to fill for any number of reasons.
How to Compare Criminology Courses in Clearing 2020
Other important information to look at when choosing a Criminology course include: what the module choices are; how you’ll be taught and/or assessed; whether there are placement opportunities; and what the graduate employment rates are.
You can compare courses based on all these important factors right here on Whatuni. To start your search, head over to Whatuni’s
Clearing hub and enter ‘Criminology’ into the search bar. Then you can start browsing through the information pages for each course, comparing them on all the important factors listed above.
Top Tip: During Clearing, some universities have been known to lower the entry requirements for some of their courses. There is no way to tell if this will happen to Criminology courses in Clearing 2020, but if a university has a lot of vacancies to fill, they may be willing to accept students with lower grades.
The easiest way to see which courses your grades make you eligible for is to click the
‘YOUR GRADES’ button located at the top of the search results page and fill in the onscreen form. The list will then be personalised with matching courses:
Once you’ve compiled a list of courses, you then need to decide which of the shortlisted universities you’d be most happy living at for the next three to four years. A good place to begin your research is the university’s
prospectus, which will give you an overview of what they offer students in terms of learning facilities, accommodation, social activities, and financial and welfare support.
We would also advise you to book yourself onto an
open day tour or event at each university - if you have time to do so. This will give you a chance to have a closer look at the campus and perhaps speak to some current students and/or potential tutors. Open day events are really useful for helping you build a picture of what your life there might be like and whether you’d enjoy it.
Before making any final decisions, we’d also suggest you check
our student reviews. They will give you an honest insight into what it’s really like to study and live at your shortlisted universities. Simply enter the university name and/or subject name to see what students are saying:
What if I Can’t Find a Criminology Course in Clearing?
If you haven’t been able to find or secure a place on a suitable Journalism course in Clearing, don’t despair. There are still a number of other options available to you:
Apply for a joint honours degree: If you can’t find a suitable Criminology course to apply for, then one alternative is to search for a joint honours course where Criminology makes up one half of the degree. Common subjects to be paired with Criminology include: Sociology; Psychology; Social Policy; and Law. Just make sure to think carefully about your future career aspirations before making a decision.
Apply for a Clearing course in a similar subject: Subjects like Social Policy, Politics, Sociology; and Police Studies; all cover important aspects involved in criminology and may be good alternatives to consider. Again, make sure to think carefully about your future career aspirations before making a decision.
Study a Criminology foundation degree: Much like HNDs, foundation degrees (FdSc) are vocational based courses that last two years full-time and are worth two years of a Bachelor’s degree. Entry requirements are a lot lower - between 32 and 96 UCAS points (C - AA at A-Level or PP - MMM BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma). They are ideal for those who didn’t get the grades for entry onto a degree or for mature students looking to re-enter higher education. After completing a Foundation degree students can progress onto the third year of a BSc degree or gain employment.
Resit your exams: If none of these alternative options appeal to you, or you have your heart set on a particular course at a particular university, then you could opt to re-sit your A-Level exams and apply for university entry in 2021.