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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To be eligible for this Criminal Justice degree through the standard entry requirements you must have either:
For students whose prior learning was not taught in English
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
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)
Year 2 (Level 5)
Year 3 (Level 6)
Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.
You can get more detailed course information by viewing the Course Specification.
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:
Other options include:
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.
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
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:
Where you go after your degree
Aside from a job in criminal justice, you might also want to consider careers in:
Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to take on further study. You may consider a postgraduate course, such as Arden's MSc Psychology (BPS). If you intend to become a solicitor or barrister, you will need to complete further Law conversion courses, including the LPC or BPTC.
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