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Course Essentials

Do you want a career that's equally rewarding as it is challenging? Or are you looking to work in a sector that helps make a difference to people's lives? If so, you should consider pursuing a future in criminal justice. Many of us are directly affected by crime at some point, and it is often the focus of public debate and news stories. The presence of crime in our day-to-day lives leads to questions such as: How should society deal with criminals? What causes criminal behaviour? and How can crime be prevented?

If you want to explore these questions further, then this BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Degree is for you.

Choosing a criminal justice degree via Distance Learning means you'll study exclusively online, at a time that suits you, allowing you to fit your learning around any other commitments in life.

Arden University's School of Law and Social Science 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, this Criminal Justice course will help you to gain a sound understanding of the relationship between criminal justice and social justice, gearing you up for a successful future career.


Fast-Track your career with a Fully funded master’s

As part of our commitment to your ongoing career development, we recently launched our Fast-Track Your Career promise. This offer means you can pursue your master’s degree with us completely free of charge once you’ve successfully completed your bachelor’s studies. The Fast-Track Your Career free master’s offer is available to all Arden Distance Learning undergraduate students who enrolled with us from September 2016 up until 30th September 2021, and is available to students from all countries and regions who meet our master’s degree entry requirements.



Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
360
UCAS Course Code:
L401
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Criminal Justice
Duration:
3-6 years
Intake Status:
Intake open
Study Mode:
Online
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects

The aim of our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Degree is to equip you with an understanding of crime and criminal justice. Arden University's criminal law course online is built around the fields of Criminology, Sociology and Law, though modules will also cover aspects of Psychology, Politics and Social Policy.

With this Criminal Justice university course, you will learn about a wide range of issues, from anti-social behaviour to hate crime and terrorism, to street crimes and cybercrime, as well as the factors that are likely to increase or decrease crime rates. You will also 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.

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level; however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

Modules

Level 4

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

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

Level 6

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

Please note that the modules listed may be subject to change.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Programme Specification.

To be eligible for Arden's 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 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted
  • We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here

If you have work experience

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria, your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

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 £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Once you've graduated, Arden University's Criminal Justice Course 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

What areas can I work in following 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

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.

Next steps

Applying for your Criminal Justice Distance Learning Degree 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 our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Degree is to equip you with an understanding of crime and criminal justice. Arden University's criminal law course online is built around the fields of Criminology, Sociology and Law, though modules will also cover aspects of Psychology, Politics and Social Policy.

With this Criminal Justice university course, you will learn about a wide range of issues, from anti-social behaviour to hate crime and terrorism, to street crimes and cybercrime, as well as the factors that are likely to increase or decrease crime rates. You will also 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.

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level; however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

Modules

Level 4

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

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

Level 6

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

Please note that the modules listed may be subject to change.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Programme Specification.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for Arden's 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 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted
  • We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here

If you have work experience

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria, your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

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 £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Career Prospects

Once you've graduated, Arden University's Criminal Justice Course 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

What areas can I work in following 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

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.

Next steps

Applying for your Criminal Justice Distance Learning Degree 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.

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