UWS Clearing 2022

Criminal Justice (Policing)



BA (Hons)


4 years full-time, flexible part-time route




September 2022



About the course

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

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 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:


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: CCC (63 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CC (64 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 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 or Access to Social Science (BBB)
  • 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

Further Information

Clearing Guide

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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 information on tuition fees, student loans, and alternative sources of funding.

Contact us

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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)
E: clearing@uws.ac.uk


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