Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA/BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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Criminology and Education Studies at Derby

Combine the study of human behaviour from the perspectives of both criminal and community justice professionals with a multi-disciplinary social science approach to education, focusing on current educational curriculum, policy and trends.

Who do we label as ‘offenders’, and why? Learn about human behaviour from the perspectives of both criminal and community justice professionals and wider society. You’ll explore the relationships of crime, deviance and offending, and victimisation to social divisions such as age, gender, sexuality, social class, race, ethnicity and religion.

Combine this with a multi-disciplinary social science approach to education, focussing on current educational curriculum, policy and trends. You’ll explore the concept of education through four key academic disciplines; sociology, history, psychology and philosophy to gain a broad understanding of education policy and practice.

Bringing theory to life

As well as traditional lectures and tutorial sessions, the programme features a strong practical element. You’ll develop your criminology skills through activities such as interviewing, negotiation, decision making, research and argument, and problem-based learning, ensuring that you achieve a wide-ranging understanding of systems of criminal and community justice. Our Criminology team work closely with courts, prisons and youth offender training centres, and bring this expertise into their teaching.

As part of your Education Studies modules, you could have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or work experience, take fieldtrips and study visits, or study abroad to explore education on a global scale.

Academic expertise

Research is visible in the programme through the creative input of teaching staff, who are experts in their curriculum areas and incorporate latest research in taught sessions and resources. Students are encouraged to pursue their own interests in many module seminars and assignments, which supports students in becoming active researchers in their own right.

Choose your pathway

Studying a Criminology and Education Studies Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you’ll then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.

In this combination, Criminology is the major subject and Education Studies is the minor subject. Please note that this combination wouldn’t be suitable if you would like to progress onto Primary Teacher Training.

In this pathway, you study Criminology and Education Studies equally.

In this pathway, you study Education Studies and Criminology equally.

In this combination, Education Studies is the major subject and Criminology is the minor subject.

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What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

The modules below indicate the range of modules you may study as part of this combination, however prescribed and optional modules will vary depending on whether you choose to study both subjects equally, or choose to major or minor in a subject. To find out exactly which modules you would study as part of your chosen combination please contact jhs@derby.ac.uk.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Our Criminology modules are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, group work and independent learning.

Our Education Studies modules are taught through methods such as directed study, lectures, seminars and tutorials.

How you are assessed

Your Criminology assessments will be through a mix of coursework, portfolios, individual and group presentations and exams.

Your Education Studies modules will be assessed through course work such as essays, presentation, portfolios, reports and case study analysis.

Who will teach you 

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Michelle Appleby
Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Education Studies Assistant Programme Leader for MA Education Childhood Pathway Leader for MA Education JHS Education Studies Advisor

Michelle is a trained American elementary education teacher with a specialism in Science and Creative Arts. Her Master's Degree is as a Reading Specialist.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
A LevelBBC
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

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If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

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As a Criminology graduate, you will receive an exceptional grounding for a career in the probation service, the prison service, the police, youth justice, voluntary organisations or the wider public sector. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue postgraduate studies at the University. Our strong links with local and regional agencies coupled with our staff’s extensive practice experience means that our criminology teaching is highly relevant to today’s job market.

Education graduates have gone on to a variety of employment opportunities, including primary and secondary teaching, teaching assistants, education liaison roles, social work, youth and community work; or further postgraduate study.

Careers and Employment Service  

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business. 

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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