Undergraduate admissions FAQ

What are my Criminology course options? 

  • BSc Criminology & Criminal Justice - single honours
  • BSc Criminology & Social Policy - joint honours
  • LLB Law & Criminology- joint honours
  • BSc Criminology & Psychology - joint honours

Students are required to take 120 credits in each year, normally through six 20-credit modules.

What will I study in Year 1? 

We introduce you to the subject with modules in: 

  • Criminology, Crime & Society
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Law, Criminal Justice & Human Rights
  • The Criminological Imagination
  • Criminology Project (single honours only)
  • Careers for Criminologists
  • Study Skills in Criminology & Social Policy 

What will I study in Year 2? 

You apply your learning with modules in: 

  • Critical Criminology
  • Penology & Punishment
  • Crime, Drugs & Alcohol
  • Media, Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Understanding Policing
  • Applied Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Applied Research Methods in Criminology 

What will I study in Year 3? 

You advance your knowledge through specialist modules including: 

  • Young Offenders & Youth Justice
  • Sexual Crimes
  • The Criminalisation of Sex
  • Serious Crime & Social Harm
  • Diversity, Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation (single honours students only)

How many contact hours are there?

In each year, each student receives 240 hours teaching (40 hours x 6 modules)

plus 4 x 1 hour tutorials = 4 hours

 We also provide:

  • Formal induction sessions
  • Dissertation supervision in Year 3
  • Informal Criminology Society talks 

How is my work assessed? 

Through essays, presentations, posters, research plans and blogs. Students are provided with detailed feedback on all assessed work.  

How much support will I have? 

Each student is allocated a personal tutor. All single honours students have a dissertation tutor in Year 3. There are a range of student support services available across campus.

Student Wellbeing Centre

Money Advice and Support

Disability Office

International Student Advisory Service  

What are the entry requirements? 


  • LLB Law & Criminology: ABB
  • BSc Criminology & Psychology: ABB - BBB
  • BSc Criminology & Criminal Justice: BBB
  • BSc Criminology & Social Policy: BBB

Desirable subjects: English Language or Literature; History; Law; Sociology; Psychology; Geography; Philosophy.

Welsh Baccalaureate – pass grade A*- C considered equivalent to Grade A at A2.

We do not accept A-level General Studies.

BTEC Diploma:

Grades DDM in a related subject such as Law or Public Services

Access to Higher Education Diploma:

LLB Law & Criminology and BSc Criminology & Psychology:

  • Pass at level 3, to include 24 Distinctions + 15 Merits.

BSc Criminology & Criminal Justice and BSc Criminology & Social Policy:

  • Pass at level 3, to include 18 Distinctions + 18 Merits.

Do you accept EPQ (Extended Project)?

No and nor do our partner departments.

Do you accept Access qualifications?

Yes, mostly Access to Social Welfare but Access to Law and Access to Humanities are also acceptable.

Do you accept home study qualifications?

No. Neither UCAS nor Swansea University recognises any home study qualifications for the purpose of University admission.

Can I transfer in to Year 3 of the Criminology degree scheme based on my previous study or qualifications?

No. The highest year of entry that can be offered at Swansea University is Year 2, and the Admissions Tutor would need a full application.

Can I transfer in to Year 2 based on previous study?

Contact the admissions officer before making a full transfer application via UCAS. The Admissions Tutor will decide whether there is enough similarity between the Year 1 modules you have passed and those on Year 1 of our Criminology degree. This is a UCAS requirement.

What happens after my application is submitted?

Our Admissions Office receives applications online. Admissions Tutors screen applications and make a decision. The Admissions Office informs applicants via UCAS Track. This can take two or three weeks - sometimes longer in the case of joint applications. 

What skills can I expect to develop as a result of studying on the course?

The course is designed to develop transferable skills including: 

  • Analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Research
  • Independent study and team working
  • Writing, presentation and communication
  • Time management
  • Preparation for post-graduate study.

How will you help my employability? 

There is a firm emphasis on employability throughout the degree including a Careers module in Year 1, and volunteering and placement opportunities for students. 

Can I work while on the course?

Yes, most students do - but only part-time so it does not encroach on your studies.  

Where do Criminology graduates find employment? 

In a range of organisations including: 

  • Police
  • Youth offending
  • Prison service
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Teaching
  • Local Government

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