Criminology (Certificate of Higher Education)

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Central London


Fully Approved


One to four years part-time


Evening classes (6pm-9pm) and Saturday sessions (10am-5pm)

This introductory course in criminology will introduce you to the complex factors that contribute to criminal behaviour and to the range of strategies for addressing crime. It is ideal if you want to explore the range of issues and the key debates raised by crime and the criminal justice system. 

The course will help you make sense of current trends and patterns in crime and criminal justice, introduce you to contemporary psychological approaches to, and sociological theories of, criminal behaviour, and explain how the criminal justice process works, including the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies and institutions involved. 

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Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

If you are awarded the Certificate of Higher Education in Criminology, you can apply to enter Year 2 of Birkbeck's full-time BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

Alternatively, if you complete the first three modules (Understanding Crime, Criminal Justice Process and Sociology of Crime), you can apply to enter Year 2 of Birkbeck's part-time BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

If you complete the Certificate of Higher Education, you can also progress to the first year of our part-time LLB Law degree, or use your credits to gain entry to other Birkbeck programmes, such as our part-time BSc Social Sciences

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Course structure

To gain the Certificate of Higher Education, you must successfully complete the following four modules, worth a total of 120 credits. 

You take the four modules in this order, starting with Understanding Crime:

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