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Understanding Crime (CertHE)

Regardless of our own status as victims, offenders, practitioners or observers, issues of crime and theories about crime pervade our lives on a day-to-day level. Television, newspapers, the internet, conversations with friends, families and colleagues all play their part in constructing discourse about crime. Throughout our lives we develop differing levels of conformity and convention in relation to issues of crime and we develop various understandings and assumptions about how crime is the same or different from harms.

Our Understanding Crime (CertHE) short course provides an introduction to the study of crime and aims to develop the skills needed to study criminology effectively. By looking at a range of criminological case studies and topics, the course builds the skills and knowledge that are necessary for developing cogent arguments and analyses as prerequisites to further study. By carefully examining key criminological topics, questioning popular assumptions about these topics and developing a set of critical analytical skills, you will develop an awareness of the issues involved, without assuming any of the answers.

The skills component of the module also provides you with a comprehensive introduction to studying criminology at higher education level. You will learn practical, hands-on, transferable skills, such as critical reading, researching, note-taking, referencing and writing.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 06-Oct-20 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFCN014S4ACB

This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.

First class: Mon 11-Jan-21 6pm-9pm

Class code FFCN014S4BCB