BA (Hons) Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

BA (Hons)

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
3 years+
Location
Online
Faculty of Social Science

Course Overview

Shaped to give students an insight into the relationship between crime and social justice, this criminal justice course will help you better understand the causes, consequences, and prevention of crime from social, legal, political and personal perspectives. 

Are you ready for a career that is 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 to both of those questions is yes, then our bachelor’s degree in criminal justice will take you on a truly rewarding journey of discovery. 

Most of us are directly affected by crime at some point in our lives, and crime is nowadays so 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 our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice degree is a great place to start. 

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Course details and modules

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. 

Cath Palmer

As a working mum, I needed a course that would fit my busy life. My degree in Psychology complemented my role as a therapeutic counsellor beautifully and although I’ve just finished, it has already impacted my life greatly!

Cath Palmer
BA (Hons) Psychology

Modules

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.

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Crime & Society
  • Criminal Justice System
  • English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Inequalities in the Modern World
  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Policing and Police Powers
  • Abnormality & The Deviant Other
  • 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

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Ornella Russo

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
BA (Hons) Law & Psychology

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

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.

Eligibility

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 your application if you can provide evidence of relevant work experience where you were required to demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.

We’ll also ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. This personal statement should outline any experience and skills you have in regard to numeracy, writing, and critical analysis/thinking. We may also ask you to provide references and evidence of further relevant experience.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Harriet Jones

The courses at Arden University allow you to explore elements of the legal system such as, the relationship between crime, society and the law, the political, psychological and social aspects of criminology, and crime prevention. By the time you’ve completed you course, we’ll have provided you with transferrable critical thinking skills that can be applied to a range of careers. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
 

Harriet Jones
Law Programme Team Leader 

Career prospects

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 give you the confidence to decide 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! 

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Career Development Resources

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.