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Criminology and Education Studies (joint honours)
BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)
September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 3 years
Part time: up to 6 years
UCAS Tariff Points
Do you want to make a real difference to young people’s lives? And to the society we live in? Studying Criminology and Education Studies at Oxford Brookes prepares you for a career where you’ll change children’s lives.
You’ll explore some of the most topical issues facing children and youth today. And you’ll learn how young people learn and develop - physically, cognitively and emotionally.
You’ll also specialise in Criminology - becoming an expert on the issues and systems that can affect troubled young people. You’ll examine policing, drugs, criminal justice and digital crime. And you’ll explore how gender, race and class can create unique forms of discrimination.
You’ll graduate prepared for a career working with youth - whether that’s working with young offenders, in education services or within the juvenile justice system.
How to apply
Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104
A Level: BCC
IB Points: 29
UCAS Tariff Points: 88
A Level: CCD
IB Points: 27
Specific entry requirements
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
Please see the University's standard English language requirements.
International qualifications and equivalences
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
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Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
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Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Funding your studies
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
All financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
In your first year, you’ll build a foundation in Education Studies and Criminology. You’ll learn how children’s brains develop. And you’ll explore key debates in education - like learning at home. You’ll also examine issues in Criminology - like why people commit crime and how the criminal justice system works.
In your second year you’ll broaden your study. You might explore how children learn through play. Or examine inclusive learning. Or even how gender stereotypes can impact teachers and learners. You’ll deepen your understanding of Criminology, studying crime through the lens of gender, race and class. And you’ll have the chance to do a placement or work-based learning activity.
In your final year, you’ll have the freedom to delve into your interests. You might explore prison systems. Or examine how technology can enhance learning. You might study drugs, and the relationship between drug use and morality. You’ll also be able to write a dissertation on a subject that fascinates you.
Crime and Criminology in Context
What is crime? Who commits crimes, and why? And why are some acts criminal, when others aren’t? In this module, you’ll dig into the key concepts and theories of crime. You’ll challenge your own common-sense understanding of crime, through the theories of celebrated criminologists. And you’ll consider:
- who invents crime and why
- the role of crime in society
- how might we study crime today digitally (online) and visually (through images)
Criminal Justice in Action
In this module, you’ll explore some key concerns around crime. You’ll examine the current problems and policies in:
- criminal justice
- law enforcement
You’ll gain core critical skills, as you dive into debates on the control and management of crime. You’ll examine the relationship between the theory of crime and criminal behaviour. And you’ll explore the practical workings of the criminal justice system.
Key Ideas in Education
You’ll gain fantastic critical skills for your degree and future career, as you plunge into current debates on education. You’ll engage with pressing ideas in schooling, higher education and lifelong learning. You’ll also look at how we provide for learners with additional needs. You’ll look at these ideas in theory, and decide your own position on current educational policies and provisions. You’ll explore fascinating educational debates, including:
- whether children should learn at home or at school
- progressive versus traditional education.
You’ll have the chance to question your own educational experience, as you evaluate different educational practices.
You'll have the support and guidance to build your academic skills. You'll improve your reading of resources and critical thinking abilities. You'll develop the skill of challenging preconceptions - helping you become an independent learner. Which is essential in guiding you to fulfil your potential as a Criminology student.
Education in a World of Change: Policy and Provision
You’ll get to grips with core aspects of education policy in an English context. You’ll look at schooling through the big forces of social, economic and technological change. You’ll focus on both formal education, and alternative educational settings. You’ll explore some of the major philosophical ideas that have shaped educational policy in England. You’ll also gain fantastic critical skills for your degree, as you make connections between central themes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries to today. You’ll also develop the knowledge to critique education policies.
Media and Crime
How does the media police our morals as a society, and define our ideas of acceptable behaviour? In this module, you’ll gain the critical skills to analyse popular representations of crime in the media. You’ll examine news reports and other forms of mass-media. And you’ll develop a knowledge of crime as a cultural construct.
Creating Criminology 2
On this module, you'll build your sense of a criminology community. Through collaborating and planning a criminology newsletter. Helping you take ownership of your criminology studies.
You'll build on the skills and knowledge you gained on Creating Criminology 1. Where you interacted with guest speakers from careers and with recent alumni. You'll get to use alumni as interviewees for your Criminology newsletter. You'll also engage with discussions for your future after university, and where you can make a positive impact with your Criminology degree.
Pedagogies to Promote Play
Pedagogies to Promote STEAM
Emotional Development and Attachment
From birth to adulthood, children experience a wide range of emotional phases. You’ll study this process and gain core professional knowledge for working with children in a variety of settings, including schools, specialist provision and care settings. You’ll get to grips with the key phases of emotional development, and examine what disrupts development. You’ll build strong skills in how to manage behaviour, while understanding emotional needs and how we express them. You’ll also explore neuroscientific evidence in identifying emotional and attachment needs.
Crime and Intersectionality
In this module, you’ll get to grips with intersectionality - a way of understanding someone’s identity as made of characteristics such as race, gender and class. Intersectionality offers you a unique way to study crime. You’ll discover how criminal justice institutions, such as the police and criminal courts, respond to and discriminate against different social groups.
Alternative Educational Provisions
How can alternative education support students to achieve their best, whatever their situation? You’ll gain a strong knowledge of alternative educational provisions. These are provisions made by local authorities for pupils who, because of factors such as exclusion or illness, would not otherwise receive a suitable education. You’ll gain core critical skills as you explore a wide range of alternative educational provisions, and how they work in real life to impact student learning, well-being and achievement.
Researching Crime: Methods, Approaches and Ethics
In this module, you’ll explore the key research methods of Criminology. You’ll gain invaluable critical skills, as you look at:
- research methods
You’ll also understand the ethics of research, including:
- the requirements of conducting research with vulnerable populations.
- how your identity can help or hinder research relationships.
Core Texts in Education
You’ll engage in pressing debates about education today, using classic writers from Plato to Paulo Freire. You’ll gain core analytical skills as you carry out an intense study of three contrasting texts from three different historical periods that have shaped education.
You’ll ask leading questions as you engage with the texts, and explore the status of knowledge, how education helps humans to flourish and the vocation of the educator. You’ll compare the texts with contemporary debates in educational policy and practice, and consider what we can learn from thinkers of the past.
The Social World of Childhood and Youth
Do you remember how you felt as a child? We’ll explore the world of children, and how our ideas about childhood have changed through time. You’ll consider the impact of different models of socialisation on children. And you’ll explore the factors - cultural, structural and experimental - which develop a child’s identity. We’ll make good use of life and historical material.
Children with Diverse Needs
In this module, you’ll dive into real world problems of crime and criminal justice. You’ll apply your criminology knowledge to:
- find solutions to key questions of crime and justice
- find solutions to problems in current practice
- explore how these solutions can inform future research.
You’ll examine case studies from current policy and practice. You’ll apply the insights of:
currently working in criminal justice. You’ll gain a strong understanding of how criminology works in real life. And you’ll explore why there is a disconnect between the classroom, and criminology in practice.
Crimes of the State and Resistance
Explore crimes and harms, perpetrated by the state. Including the potential to resist state-perpetrated atrocities.
You will examine historical and contemporary case studies. Along with theoretical concepts from a state crime framework. Building your criminological understanding about the:
- and denial of state crime.
You will engage and explore the resistance and challenges within, including:
- social movement activism
- legal challenges
- and armed liberation struggles.
Globalisation and Crime
In this module, you’ll use comparative data (where you compare multiple sets of data) to understand criminal behaviour across nations. You’ll explore criminological issues and global harms, like:
- human trafficking
- organised crime
- eco crime.
You’ll also analyse crime patterns, and responses to criminal activities in different parts of the world. You’ll also look at how ideas and ways of regulating crime occur within different environments, and our now increasingly connected global society.
You'll engage with the emerging field of Green Criminology. You'll learn the key theoretical concepts of green criminology and environmental justice.
You'll focus on understanding Green Criminology as a transnational field. Including the social issues impacting individuals on a global scale.
This module gives you the chance to do independent study on a topic that fascinates you. With support from expert tutors, you’ll submit a proposal for independent study. We’ll agree to a programme of work and assessments, tailored to your interests.
Criminology Work Based Learning
In this module, you’ll kick-start your career, and gain key work experience in organisations related to crime. You’ll do a placement, or work-based learning activity in:
- a public sector organisation
- a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
- a voluntary organisation.
Whether working with the police, prison services, schools or charities, you’ll gain invaluable skills for your future career. You won’t engage directly with clients or service users, but you’ll gain a strong knowledge of how organisations identify and fight crime.
Dissertation / Interdisciplinary Dissertation
You’ll carry out independent research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll produce a dissertation of about 10,000 words, demonstrating an in-depth understanding of substantive and methodological issues in your specific area of study. And you’ll have the support of an expert tutor in your field.
Controversial and Contemporary Research in Education
Why is education such a hotly argued topic? You’ll investigate controversial issues in education from previous modules, and explore new and pressing ideas. You’ll gain core teamwork and research skills for your future career, as you pursue these issues through group discussion and individual research. You’ll build key critical skills for your degree, as you evaluate evidence from sources ranging from popular media to policy texts, as well as academic texts on education.
You’ll also enjoy seminars with guest speakers, where you’ll engage with the latest educational debates and expertise.
The Carnival and Pleasures of Crime
Why do people enjoy committing crimes? How might crime offer identity and purpose? In this module, you’ll explore the role of:
in criminal acts. You’ll think about the multiple meanings and actions that crime holds for different people across time. You’ll consider the social benefits of crimes and resistance to the law. And you’ll explore how different interpretations of crime might affect crime control and criminal justice.
Technology and Learning: Dilemmas, Challenges and Opportunities
What impact does technology have on the learning process? You’ll critically evaluate different approaches to e-learning. You’ll explore the part technology can play in creating powerful learning environments. You’ll look at how technology can enhance students’
- thinking processes
- engagement in learning
- knowledge building.
You’ll gain key analytical skills as you discuss a range of perspectives on learning, and how to design the most effective digital learning environments.
Picturing the Criminal: From Mugshot to Fine Art
In this module, you’ll study images of crime, including:
- the world’s most troubling mugshots
- early crime-scene photographs
- bloody and brutal paintings
- criminal courtroom artworks.
Seeing and picturing is a key way of understanding crime. You’ll get to grips with the fast-growing field of visual criminology. You’ll discover the importance of images at the birth of criminology, and how they perpetuate stereotypes about race and gender. You’ll also consider why, because of this, criminologists have been sceptical about working with images.
You’ll have the rare chance to go behind the scenes, and visit Western-Europe’s most unique visual arts and social scientific-imaging collections, held in Oxford at:
- the Pitt Rivers Museum
- the Ashmolean Museum
Policing, Security and Society
This is a key time to study policing in western countries. The response to crime in the west is changing fast as policing moves towards privatisation in the digital age.
You’ll analyse modern policing in the west and its former colonies. You’ll examine the history of policing. You’ll compare policing in other countries to policing in the UK. You’ll also look at the rise of neo-colonial policing today (the use of economic, political and cultural pressures to control other countries).
You’ll explore areas like:
- human trafficking.
Inclusion: Diverse Perspectives
Why have some children been excluded from education? How can we work to include various groups in education? You’ll explore the experiences of children who have been marginalised or excluded, and how this impacts the child. You’ll gain core analytical skills as you explore and critique different models and practices for improving inclusion.
The Prison and Imprisonment
Should we punish prisoners, or support them to re-enter society? In this module, you’ll dive into the key issues of prisons. You’ll consider modern prisons, globally and historically. And you’ll examine prisons through:
- prison staff
- wider society.
You'll trace the evolution of the prison - from the rehabilitative ideal of the post-war period, to the greater focus on punishment today. You’ll look at how political parties use prison policies to win votes, rather than reduce crime.
You’ll dive into the inner workings of prisons, from governance to administration. You’ll look at the routines of prison life, and how prisoners cope with, and give meaning to them. You’ll consider sentence progression for different types of prisoners. And you’ll explore how well prisons prepare inmates for life after release.
Dealing with Drugs: Control and Intoxication
In this module, you’ll bust some key assumptions around psychoactive drugs. You’ll look at why we use them and how we control them in society. You’ll investigate:
and policy insights, to explore the relationship between drug use, individuals and public morality. You’ll gain key critical skills as you debate drug policies, and how we can lessen the harm of substance abuse. You’ll look at alternative ways to regulate drugs than our current ‘war on drugs’ mentality. And you’ll explore the future of synthetic drugs.
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn through a variety of formats, helping you build broad and confident knowledge of Education Studies and Criminology. Your learning will include:
- enquiry-led learning
- online activities
Assessment methods used on this course
You’ll be assessed via a number of different methods, giving you lots of opportunities to showcase your talents. Assessment methods can include:
- case studies
- critical reviews
- observational studies
- individual or group presentations
After you graduate
You’ll finish this course ready to launch a career supporting young people. You’ll have a strong understanding of issues and systems affecting troubled youth. And you’ll be equipped with knowledge and skills to work in children’s services, youth outreach, alternative education or even juvenile justice.
You’ll emerge with the subject knowledge and research skills to pursue postgraduate study - in areas like Law, Business or Humanities. Your degree could also lead to professional courses in areas like social work or psychology.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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