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FdA Criminal Justice (Part-time)

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Start Date/End Date: September 2017 - June 2020
September 2018 - June 2021
3 years
Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Jennifer Hough Telephone:
01744 623270
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For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification
Programme Specification

For detailed information about studying this course at University Centre St Helens, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry (Coming Soon)

Validated By: 
University of Chester

This foundation degree in Criminal Justice is perfect for those who are looking to pursue a career in the criminal justice system. The degree provides an ideal opportunity for those interested in the causes and consequences of crime. Various aspects of criminology, criminal law, and social policy will form the foundations of the degree with wider considerations towards victims of crime and mental health.

This degree offers a wide and varied syllabus with an emphasis on applying theory to practice, and provides a practical and vocational route to working in spheres such as policing, probation, prisons, youth justice or drugs and alcohol. The diverse and fascinating field of criminal justice is ideal for anyone who wants to get to the root of why people commit crime and how society deals with it.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year will look at victimology from a wide variety of perspectives, you will gain a basic understanding of the main criminological theories. As well as applying criminal law to these theories, you will gain the ability to apply it in practise. You will also explore the political history of the UK and the role political and social justice plays in society.

Alongside this you will expand your professional and academic development.

Modules include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Victimology

Year 2

The second year develops your knowledge further, exploring the criminal justice system and criminal law in action from a police and Crown Prosecution Service level. Research will also be undertaken on the relationship between theories and empirical research. You will also look at psychology and its link to crime and criminal behaviour. Additionally, you will undertake a work placement or voluntary work to put the theory that you have learnt on the course into practice.

Modules include:

  • Inside the Criminal Justice System
  • Psycholo

The Learning Experience

The foundation degree develops the skills required to work in the criminal justice system by ensuring that you can apply theory to practice in risk assessments, pre-sentence reports, action plans and intervention strategies. Turning paper inspiration into practical reality will be a central element of the degree.

Additionally, students will be introduced to both legal and criminological research skills, focusing on criminal law and criminal justice processes. A number of modules covered are approved by The Solicitors Regulation Authority and attract exemption from students going on to follow a career in legal practice.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, self-directed study, written work, presentations, group work, visits and guest lectures.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is employed throughout the two years of the degree through both formative and summative assessments including presentations, case studies, essay plans, question and answer sessions, debates and literature reviews. You will also be assessed through essays, exams, reflective logs and reports.

Who will be teaching me?

An experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of criminal justice will work with you. Lecturers are active researchers in their field and have experience of working in industry.

Ref: Jennifer Hough