Criminal Justice

BA (Hons)

Study level
3-9 years
Study location
BA (Hons) Criminal Justice

Course Overview

Shaped to give students an insight into the relationship between crime and social justice, this criminal justice course is designed to give you a better understanding of the causes, consequences and prevention of crime from social, legal, political and personal perspectives - gearing you up for a successful future career.

Do you want a career that's as rewarding as it is challenging? Are you looking to work in a sector that helps make a difference to people's lives? If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place. 

Most of us are directly affected by crime at some point in our lives, and it’s often the focus of public debate. 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? Can crime be prevented? 

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

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Students go on a real journey with this course, from understanding the theories of committing crime to how crime is treated in the legal system. By giving you a solid understanding of both crime and criminal law, this criminal justice undergraduate degree will prepare you to become a self-assured, skilled professional who is ready to take on all manner of challenges in a job you love. 


You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete their criminal justice university course within 3-6 years.

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

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Discussion based assessments
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • 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

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can evidence that you have relevant work experience where you can demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills. 

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

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Before enrolling onto your criminal justice course, it’s nice to know who will be teaching you. The Criminal Justice team is a multi-disciplinary team of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers led by Dr Gail Steptoe-Warren.  The team, bring a wealth of academic experience that enhances the student journey. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to the workplace. 

Perhaps you’ve already got a strong idea about where your criminal justice degree will take you? Or perhaps you’ve got a few different career choices in mind? Either way, this degree will prepare you with a range of transferable skills that will leave you feeling confident enough to decide about where your future lies. 

What can a criminal justice degree do for me?

After graduating, a criminal justice degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in any career path you choose. These practical and transferable 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 can I do after Arden University?

Completing an inter-disciplinary criminal justice university course can open up a world of opportunity – and not just in the criminal justice system, but also further afield into other industries you might not have even considered! With that in mind, a few career options for you could include: 

  • Social work
  • Civil servant
  • Youth justice
  • Teacher
  • Probation
  • Law and research
  • Local authorities

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level.  Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more.  Keep looking for further developments! 

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden University is all about getting career ready. Alongside your criminal justice course, you’ll also have access to several extra online resources for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to Student Support Advisors and Academic Skills Tutors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree. 

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Got other commitments? Studying a criminal justice degree has never been easier. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.


I chose online learning because it suited my lifestyle and work schedule. Being able to access the online portal and libraries 24/7 has been extremely helpful for me to be able to keep up with my studies. Studying while working isn’t the easiest thing to do, but Arden gives you the support you need.

Ornella Russo
Ornella Russo
BA (Hons) Law & Psychology
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your lecturers and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.