January intake now open - Apply by Mon 23rd Jan

Our January intake is now open for distance learning and blended learning. Apply this week to secure your place.

Applying is easy and takes just a few minutes. You can click here to complete your application now and then, one of our friendly admissions advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Essentials

Many of us experience crime at some point in our lives, and it is often the focus of public debate and news stories. The presence of crime in our daily lives leads to questions such as how should society deal with criminals? What causes criminal behaviour? How can crime be prevented? If you want to explore these questions further, then this distance learning course is for you.

Our Criminal Justice degree allows you to gain a better understanding of the causes, consequences and prevention of crime from social, legal, political and personal perspectives. Through exploring criminal behaviour and how it’s controlled within society, you will gain a sound understanding of the relationship between criminal justice and social justice.

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Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
360
UCAS Course Code:
L437
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Criminal Justice
Duration:
3-6 years
Intake Status:
Intake open
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this Criminal Justice degree through the standard entry requirements you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; or
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

If you have work experience

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study the programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Details & Modules

The aim of this Criminal Justice degree is to equip you with an understanding of crime and criminal justice. The programme is built around the fields of Criminology, Sociology and Law, though modules will also cover aspects of Psychology, Politics and Social Policy.

You will learn about a wide range of issues, from anti-social behaviour to hate crime and terrorism, and from street crimes to cybercrime, as well as the factors that are likely to increase or decrease crime rates. You will explore why miscarriages of justice can occur as a result of the complex balance between public safety and individual liberties, and investigate the work of criminal justice services

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Skills for Interdisciplinary Study
  • Crime & Society
  • Criminal Justice System
  • English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Inequalities in the Modern World

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Policing and Police Powers
  • Abnormality & The Deviant Other

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Cybercrime
  • Youth Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Law of Evidence
  • Research Planning & Project

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Fees & Funding

Fees

Funding

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Other options include:

Self-funding

If you choose to pay for the course yourself you can pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations, simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship

Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Careers Impact

Once graduated, this degree can often lead to a career in fields relating to criminal justice, such as prison, probation and police services. It will provide you with a wide range of practical and transferable skills employers will look for.

These skills include:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Research
  • Analysis and evaluation of data
  • Critical thinking
  • Interdisciplinary work
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Planning

Where you go after your degree

Aside from a job in criminal justice, you might also want to consider careers in:

  • Social work
  • Youth justice
  • Law and research
  • Local authorities

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

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