Criminology and Policing - BA (Hons)

As a BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing student at ARU, we’ll help you work towards your career goals from day one.

A recent student project, sponsored by Cambridge Constabulary, carried out research on police officer demographics and recruitment.

Course details

You may also have opportunities to work closely with local police forces.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

You’ll learn from staff with real-world experience: a significant part of your teaching in some modules will be delivered by policing and criminal justice practitioners such as former and active Crime Scene Investigators. Our criminology lecturers are active researchers with experience of working on real-life crimes with the police. You can also choose to an optional placement year.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our graduates go on to work in the police force, probation, prisons and youth justice, as well as the Border Force, the military, security, charities and NGOs, local government, and the public sector more generally. Others are using their skills in areas such as policy, PR, communication and the media.

If you’re already working in the criminal justice sector, you could follow in the footsteps of former students who’ve been able to progress their careers to graduate level.


We’ll assess you using a range of methods, including essays, portfolios, problem-solving activities, case studies, blogs, policy documents, presentations, and a major research project.

  • Crime News and Criminology
  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Media, Society and Crime
  • Policing Practice
  • Making A Difference
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Policing Vulnerability
  • Cybercrime and Policing
  • Lessons Learned: Inquests, Tribunals and Truth
  • Violence, Masculinity and Confrontation
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Intoxicants and Intoxication
  • Revolving Doors: Punishment and Rehabilitation
  • Violence, Gender and Victimisation
  • Using Linguistics: An Introduction to Forensic, Clinical and Computational Linguistics
  • Dark Web Policing and Control
  • Youth, Crime and Aggression
  • Criminology and Policing in Policy and Practice

Optional modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project – Criminology
  • Undergraduate Major Project – Policing
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Exploitation, Trafficking and Sexual Violence
  • Neighbourhood Policing and Community Safety
  • Race, Racism and Cultural Identity
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Police and Counter-terrorism
  • Organised Crime
  • Comparative and Global Criminal Justice
  • Concepts of Good and Evil