UWS Clearing

Criminal Justice (Policing)


BA (Hons)

4 years full-time, flexible part-time route


September 2023


About the course

Prepare yourself for a career in the criminal justice system with UWS’s BA (Hons) Criminal Justice.

This degree – the only one of its kind in Scotland – will help you develop expertise in criminal justice, social science, research, inquiry, law and policy so that you’re ready to work in related areas in policing, prisons and the third sector.

After Year 2, you’ll have the option to continue to study criminal justice or to specialise in policing through our policing specialism options.

Focussing on contemporary issues in Scotland, the UK, Europe and internationally, and covering areas such as comparative justice and transnational crime and policing, the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice degree will open up international employment opportunities in criminal justice practice and policy.


  • You’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge for employment in a variety of roles in the criminal justice system.
  • You can choose to specialise in policing after completing Year 2 of study.
  • You can join the student-run Crime and Justice Student Society, which will provide you with advice, support and networking opportunities.
  • Guest lectures from industry professionals and field trips to organisations including Police Scotland, the Scottish Prison Service, Victim Support Scotland and more are offered throughout this course.
  • This degree has opportunities for international study thanks to links with partner institutions.

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:


Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Rest of UK (Eng, Wales & NI) & Republic of Ireland

Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

International (including EU/EEA)

Year 1: Closed

Year 2: Closed

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BBC (75 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: DDD (72 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences or Legal Services
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities or Access to Social Sciences or Access to Law and Criminal Justice, all must contain Grades BBB
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC / CertHE: Police Studies / Policing (awards must contain sufficient criminology/sociology content – if not, then Year 1 may be offered) or Social Sciences (applicants need to have studied research methods, and have taken one criminal justice / criminology / Scottish criminal law module as part off their HNC) or Legal Services with Criminology & PolicStudies or relevant discipline

How to Apply


You can apply for this course, as well as keep up-to-date with your undergraduate application, via the UCAS Hub.

Your UCAS Hub account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Clearing Guide

Clearing can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Don’t worry though as we’re here to guide you through the process, giving you the information and advice you need.

Enquire about this course

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)
E: clearing@uws.ac.uk


We will always try to make sure that we publish accurate course information but we do not accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions. We will also try to make sure that we deliver our courses in line with our published information. However, we may not always be able to do so and you can find further information about this in our enrolment terms and conditions.