Criminology and Law

BA (Hons)

Study level
3-9 years
Study location
BA (Hons) Criminology and Law

Course Overview

Designed to provide students with a fascinating insight into two complementary fields of social science, our criminology and law degree will gear you up for a successful career in criminal justice, social services, and more. And the best part is, you can do it all from the comfort of your own home - at a time and pace that suits you. 

You don’t need to have a career plan in mind to enrol onto our criminology and law undergraduate degree. You’ll cover all elements of legal study, such as the relationship between crime, society and the law, the political, psychological and social aspects of criminology, and crime prevention, so you’ll soon start to gauge an idea of where you want to go in the future. To get started, all you need is the desire to learn and the drive to do your best. 

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During your criminology and law degree, you'll get the opportunity to study criminal law from every angle. You’ll explore how crime is controlled and prevented through policing and criminal justice, while also looking into the English legal system, criminal law and human rights.


You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete their criminology and law online course within 3-6 years.

Level 4

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Crime & Society
  • Criminal Justice System
  • English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Law & Ethics

Level 5

  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Tort Law 1 (Negligence)
  • Policing and Police Powers
  • Tort Law 2 (Other Torts)

Level 6

  • Cybercrime
  • Youth Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Law of Evidence
  • Research Planning & Project

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Law degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can evidence that you have relevant work experience where you can demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

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Before getting started with your criminology and law degree, it’s always nice to know who will be teaching you. Before enrolling onto your criminal justice course, it’s nice to know who will be teaching you. The Criminology and Law team is a multi-disciplinary team of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers led by Dr Gail Steptoe-Warren. The team, bring a wealth of academic experience that enhances the student journey. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to the workplace. 

This course is designed to equip you with a range of transferable skills that will allow you to understand two unique disciplines in-depth, so you’ll eventually feel confident enough to make a decision about where your future lies. You may already have a career in mind or want to enhance a career you are already pursuing, we are here to support you.

What can a criminology and law degree do for me?

With a criminology and law degree under your belt, the possibilities are endless! After graduating, you’ll have a range of key skills that will enhance your employability factor and prepare you for the world of work, helping you to stand out from the crowd. After studying this degree, you'll be able to:

  • Research and present information in different formats
  • Analyse and evaluate data (interdisciplinary analysis)
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and on paper
  • Work independently and within a team
  • Solve problems efficiently
  • Think critically
  • Manage your time effectively

What can I do after Arden University?

Choosing to study criminology and law is perfect if you’re looking to put your new knowledge into practice. This flexible qualification can give you access to many different career opportunities, such as:

  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Crime prevention
  • Community work
  • Court services
  • Mental health
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Central and Local Government

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level. Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more. Keep looking for further developments!  

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden University is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your criminology and law course, you’ll also have access to several extra online resources for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to Student Support Advisors and Academic Skills Tutors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree. 

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Achieving your criminology and law degree is made easy at Arden University. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you. 


I wanted to study with Arden because it was the only option I found that truly suited my needs and what I was looking for in a university. The affordable cost of the course, and the fact that I could transfer my credits from previous studies really made Arden stand out.

Imran Ali Khalifa
Imran Ali Khalifa
LLB (Hons) with Qualifying Status – Distance Learning
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your lecturers and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.