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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:
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.
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.
This Criminal justice degree provides you with a wide range of transferrable skills that are needed by employers throughout the criminal justice system and beyond. Within this degree you will have the opportunity to study a diverse range of modules including the criminal justice system, the English legal system, inequalities in the modern world, contemporary debates in criminology, and civil liberties and human rights, as well as your final year dissertation. All of your course modules are taught online by experienced criminology, sociology, and law lecturers with extensive sector specific knowledge! I really look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
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.
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:
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:
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!
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: