Criminal Justice / Criminal Justice (Policing)

Course details





Start Date

September 2020


BA (Hons)

About the course

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

This programme – 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 programme 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 programme.
  • This programme has opportunities for international study thanks to links with ERASMUS and partner institutions in the USA.
  • There is the possibility of travelling on one or more field trips to international locations including the USA and Rwanda.

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

Scotland & EU/EEA

  • Year 1: Closed
  • Year 2: Closed
  • Year 3: Closed

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Closed

International (non-EU)

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Closed

Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BBBB (108 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CCC (104 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 or H3 H3 H4
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences or Social Studies or Legal Services
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Legal Services
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB – including SQA Higher English or Comm4 & Literature 1
  • University of Strathclyde: Pre-entry Course (65%)
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC / CertHE: Police Studies or Policing or Social Sciences or Social Studies or Legal Services with Criminology & Policing or relevant discipline
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences – considered on an individual basis

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.

UCAS Track

You should use UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your Undergraduate application. Your UCAS Track account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Fees & Funding

Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ordinarily resident. Find out all about undergraduate fees and funding for Scottish, UK, EU and International students, including tuition fees, student loans, and alternative sources of funding.

Contact us

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

Whilst we may be dealing with a lot of enquiries during Results Day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call or email as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the 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.

Contact our Clearing Team today 

+44(0)141 849 4101

We’re here to answer whatever questions you may have to help make the Clearing process as simple and stress-free as possible. Lines are open between 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours on the dates listed below: 

  • Tuesday 4 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Wednesday 5 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Thursday 6 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Friday 7th August – 8.30am-6pm 

Opening times will return to 8.45am-4.45pm from Monday 10 August. 

Our lines may be busier at certain times and we thank you for your patience in advance. Rest assured that our advisors will do everything they possibly can to answer your call as quickly as possible in order to guide you through the Clearing process.

Guide to clearing

We have put together a page to help you understand clearing and where you are on your clearing journey

If you have any questions you can email us at

Clearing 2020

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