f you are interested in why people commit crime and what society does to reduce offending, then Criminology is the course for you. Criminology combines sociological and psychological approaches to understanding criminal behaviour. By the end of the course, you will have a thorough knowledge of how the Criminal Justice System works to prevent crimes occurring, how offenders are punished and rehabilitated back into society and the key theories and practices of Forensic Psychology. You will have the opportunity to specialise in such topics as the effects of domestic violence, ethical issues arising from historical and cultural differences about the definition and management of crime as well as how to work effectively with specialist populations, such as juvenile offenders. Work experience in the Criminal Justice System can be difficult to get - you often need experience to gain experience! Our professional work placement scheme gives you the opportunity to work for six weeks in an area of your choice. We have great links with local Criminal Justice Agencies to help you gain relevant work experience. A degree in Criminology will give you a good grounding to become a competent and ethical practitioner. Criminology opens doors for careers across the Criminal Justice Service, including police, prison and probation services, as well as the option to continue to postgraduate study.