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Hey - recently graduated with a high 2:1 from Portsmouth. If anyone wants any advice/has any questions, happy to help.

Also happy to help with assignments if you need a starting point or ideas.

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Hi! I was just wondering, what career are you planning to pursue with your degree? Criminology sounds interesting, but my parents are quite traditional and want me to be able to justify the 10s of 1000s of pounds I would invest, if I were to study the subject at University...hmph.
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Hi! I was just wondering, what career are you planning to pursue with your degree? Criminology sounds interesting, but my parents are quite traditional and want me to be able to justify the 10s of 1000s of pounds I would invest, if I were to study the subject at University...hmph.
Hey! So I'm planning to go into Probation! Having a bit of a sabbatical at the moment, because it can be pricey to get the qualification that allows you to apply for roles (PQiP). So you have to get a degree, then do the PQiP which you get paid to do while you train (about £25k). Then you're qualified to apply for probation roles. It is definitely worth it though.

Other people on my course are aiming for the same job, doing a 1 year add-on law course to give them a fully converted Law degree. Others are doing youth offender work, police, forensics, or civil service
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Hey! So I'm planning to go into Probation! Having a bit of a sabbatical at the moment, because it can be pricey to get the qualification that allows you to apply for roles (PQiP). So you have to get a degree, then do the PQiP which you get paid to do while you train (about £25k). Then you're qualified to apply for probation roles. It is definitely worth it though.

Other people on my course are aiming for the same job, doing a 1 year add-on law course to give them a fully converted Law degree. Others are doing youth offender work, police, forensics, or civil service
Ah it seems there are a lot of careers one could pursue with your degree...which is promising.

I’m particularly interested in the opportunity to do the Law conversion course afterward. Have the other’s been able to sign training contracts with law firms that could pay for the years conversion? I was just wondering how firms view a degree in Criminology.

Also, I wish you luck with your own pursuits I hope all works out well.
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Ah it seems there are a lot of careers one could pursue with your degree...which is promising.

I’m particularly interested in the opportunity to do the Law conversion course afterward. Have the other’s been able to sign training contracts with law firms that could pay for the years conversion? I was just wondering how firms view a degree in Criminology.

Also, I wish you luck with your own pursuits I hope all works out well.
Yeah there are definitely loads you can do - however, there are lots of government cuts in the sector which is quite difficult. When I applied, the jobs were plentiful, now the justice sector is facing loads of job and budget cuts!

I'm not actually sure on the intricacies of it tbh, but I would think that would be the case. I only know one person who is doing a law conversion but I think she paid for hers as she is quite well-off.

I don't think they look down on criminology if you do the conversion course - you can even do a joint honours - Law and Criminology.

Thanks! Hope you end up doing something you enjoy
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I am currently in year twelve looking at uni options and I really like the look of Portsmouth. I just would like to know what your experience was like studying there? I am also extremely interested in studying criminology, what sort of things did you do on the course? Was there much hands on practical work?
I am not sure which career path I would take afterwards and have set up a meeting with a careers advisor so see if they can help in any way
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I am currently in year twelve looking at uni options and I really like the look of Portsmouth. I just would like to know what your experience was like studying there? I am also extremely interested in studying criminology, what sort of things did you do on the course? Was there much hands on practical work?
I am not sure which career path I would take afterwards and have set up a meeting with a careers advisor so see if they can help in any way
Hi! From my experience, it was a great place to go to uni. It's a relatively cheap place to live (I'd say to avoid the newer Halls though), and renting is fairly decently priced. The facilities and faculty staff are brilliant and supportive and will always help. The nightlife is decent too and caters for different tastes.

In the first year, it was mainly introductory courses, so Intro to Criminology, research methods, psychology, criminal justice. Second year, you advance slightly, and there's a huge array of elective modules. You can really specialise - I did Forensic investigation (much of which was practical which was brilliant), Policing, Penology/Prisons.

And then third year was my dissertation. I found my tutor really helpful and knowledgeable. I studied Probation, Crime and Mental Health and Sex offences. There's a list of course modules on the Portsmouth site though.
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Hi! From my experience, it was a great place to go to uni. It's a relatively cheap place to live (I'd say to avoid the newer Halls though), and renting is fairly decently priced. The facilities and faculty staff are brilliant and supportive and will always help. The nightlife is decent too and caters for different tastes.

In the first year, it was mainly introductory courses, so Intro to Criminology, research methods, psychology, criminal justice. Second year, you advance slightly, and there's a huge array of elective modules. You can really specialise - I did Forensic investigation (much of which was practical which was brilliant), Policing, Penology/Prisons.

And then third year was my dissertation. I found my tutor really helpful and knowledgeable. I studied Probation, Crime and Mental Health and Sex offences. There's a list of course modules on the Portsmouth site though.
Thank you, that was very helpful😊 Good luck in the future
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I'm doing an assignment right now that I'm incredibly stuck on. I don't know where to start.
It is an essay assignment of 2,000 words, the questions are:
'Why is Criminology important?'
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‘Why study Criminology?’

Please can someone help or just write it for me cause I have no idea what I'm doing
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I'm doing an assignment right now that I'm incredibly stuck on. I don't know where to start.
It is an essay assignment of 2,000 words, the questions are:
'Why is Criminology important?'
OR
‘Why study Criminology?’

Please can someone help or just write it for me cause I have no idea what I'm doing
Hey!

Sounds really tricky haha - similar to my first assignment which was "what is crime?" - very broad.

Which ever topic you focus on, it's very important to mention that by studying crime and criminality, you can begin to predict patterns of who might commit crime, work out how best to deal with it when it happens and provide support to victims. Not only does it help make crime prevention more effective, it helps to rehabilitate people, saving the taxpayer money, preventing more people from being victims and helping those who go on to offend.

So in short, it influences policy that affects the real world.
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Hey!

Sounds really tricky haha - similar to my first assignment which was "what is crime?" - very broad.

Which ever topic you focus on, it's very important to mention that by studying crime and criminality, you can begin to predict patterns of who might commit crime, work out how best to deal with it when it happens and provide support to victims. Not only does it help make crime prevention more effective, it helps to rehabilitate people, saving the taxpayer money, preventing more people from being victims and helping those who go on to offend.

So in short, it influences policy that affects the real world.
Thanks, any help is worth it, haven’t really been at university due to medical and personal reasons so like, I don’t know much on the theories, as well as answering such a complicated question.
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Currently in my first year of criminology and criminal justice.
My uni year seems to be quite short, only really two terms - have less than two weeks after the easter break. Was this the same with you?
Did you do any placement/work experience in your first time.
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hiya, i want to study criminology at portsmouth, any advice/tips for the personal statement or interview? Also im taking a gap year to have a higher chance of getting accepted what kind of work do you think i should do?
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Hey - recently graduated with a high 2:1 from Portsmouth. If anyone wants any advice/has any questions, happy to help.

Also happy to help with assignments if you need a starting point or ideas.


Hey I graduated last June with a 2.1 in Criminology too, I was wondering what sort of experience did you have with challenging behaviour because I heard you need that to apply to be a probation officer?
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Hey I graduated last June with a 2.1 in Criminology too, I was wondering what sort of experience did you have with challenging behaviour because I heard you need that to apply to be a probation officer?
Hi - I've done work with kids with challenging behaviours (behavioural issues etc), working with homeless charities etc as well
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Hi there, currently in my third year at university studying criminology. Im struggling to start my dissertation and its on hate crime against muslims (Islamophobia). gonna do primary research (interviews) and i wanted your advice on literature review.
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(Original post by SamSHU98)
I'm doing an assignment right now that I'm incredibly stuck on. I don't know where to start.
It is an essay assignment of 2,000 words, the questions are:
'Why is Criminology important?'
OR
‘Why study Criminology?’

Please can someone help or just write it for me cause I have no idea what I'm doing
lol!! Do you still need help with this? I am a Postgraduate in Criminology with 20 years work experience.
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