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BA (Hons) Criminology and Law course preparation

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the School of Law, Criminology & Policing. Before you join us for your BA (Hons) Criminology and Law studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities to help you feel prepared. These include suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a few textbooks you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick these up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:

  • Croall H (2011) Crime and Society in Britain, 2nd Ed, Pearson
  • Muncie J & McLaughlin E (2013) Sage Dictionary of Criminology, 3rd Ed, Sage
  • Law J (2015) Oxford Dictionary of Law, 8th Ed, OUP
  • Newburn T, (2017) Criminology, 3rd Ed, Routledge

During your first week, you’ll be provided with electronic copies of the academic programme handbook and an administrative rules and procedures handbook. The contents of each will be explained during your first formal introductory sessions. You’ll also be required to attend a range of introductory sessions where tutors and other staff members will provide you with guidance on how to access and use our virtual learning platform, Blackboard, our library, and the roles of various colleagues in the School and Departments, such as your personal tutor.

You’ll also be provided with a handbook for each individual module that will include details of the aims and outcomes for each module. These will include details of the teaching and learning methods, assessment methods and weightings, assessment criteria, details on coursework submission and feedback dates and procedures, extension procedures, module attendance requirements and details of the title and contents of your weekly module lectures and weekly seminar/workshop tasks and the supporting reading for each topic comprehensive reading list of key texts.

Useful materials

  • British Society of Criminology Blog. Explores current issues on crime, criminology and criminal justice
  • Serial. A true crime podcast series which delves into a new true crime story in each episode
  • They Walk Among Us. An award-winning weekly UK true crime podcast covering a broad range of cases, produced in partnership with the Law & Crime Podcast network
  • UK True Crime Podcast. Posts weekly episodes, offering new perspectives and insights on true crime stories in the UK
  • University of Oxford Centre for Criminology. Hosts a series of criminology podcasts and blogs discussing a wide-range of issues in criminology and criminal justice
  • Law in Action. BBC Radio 4’s long running legal podcast, featuring reports and discussions on matters relating to law.
  • Law Pod UK. Brought to you by barristers at 1 Crown Office Row, Law Pod UK covers developments across all aspects of civil and public law in the United Kingdom.
  • BBC Radio 4 Best of Today. Offers insights, analysis and expert debates as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.

Things to do over summer

Here are some suggestions about what it would be good for you to do before you formally begin your studies. These are just suggestions, you won’t be examined on these. But learning is something that doesn’t just take place in formal settings. In fact, most of what you learn at university should be from what you read, listen to and watch by yourself.

Watch relevant films and TV
Read relevant material
Watch law courts live

As you watch or read, ask yourselves these three questions:

  1. What are the harms that are being described? How are people or planet adversely effected?
  2. Can I identify anything that might be considered to be causal factors in creating this harm?
  3. Do these harms arise because of deviance? Or conformity and obedience?

As a Criminology and Law student, you’ll need to have a good knowledge and understanding of current events (at home and abroad) so getting into the habit of paying attention to news and political events will certainly help you with your studies. You may be doing some of these things already; if so, keep up the good work.

Join our community

Follow our School and our student societies on social media so that you can start connecting with your colleagues and chat to current students about their experiences.

Connect with us on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site with over 610 million members worldwide. It’s very useful for networking and securing opportunities.

Find advice on creating a LinkedIn profile.

Once you’ve created your profile, join our School group and connect with your lecturers and your colleagues, along with employers as you progress through your degree so that you gradually build your network.

Think of the future

Beginning your degree is the first step on your career journey and it’s never too early to start thinking about your future career. Within our School we have a dedicated careers advisor – Emma Bonati – who is on hand to help you with all things career related. Emma and the Careers Team can assist with matters such as: developing a CV, writing a job application, securing part-time work etc.

Before you join us in September, start to get familiar with the Edge Hill Careers Team. You can also follow them on socials for regular updates: @ehucareers

It may also be useful to browse some career websites such as Prospects and Target Jobs.


Volunteering is a valuable way to not only achieve personal development but also to build transferable and specific skills sought by employers. Find more advice on volunteering.

If you are unsure of where your degree can take you – don’t worry. Your Personal Tutor, lecturers, the Careers Team and the Work Placements Team are all here to offer advice and support to help you on your journey and throughout your studies. You will be invited to numerous workshops, panel events and careers fairs where you can interact with employers, build connections and learn about possible career pathways.

Meet your programme leader