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BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (Top-up - Part-time)

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Start Date / End Date: September 2017 - June 2019
September 2018 - June 2020
2 years part-time
Town Centre Campus
Course Contact:
Lee Curran
01744 623287
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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

The BA (Hons) Criminal Justice top-up degree is a multi-disciplinary subject and has been designed to cover a wide spectrum of subject related modules.

The course aims to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of crime and criminal justice through the delivery of a variety of modules. Specific modules, including policing and prisons, will provide insight into the historical and contemporary workings of both these services. The crime and justice practitioner module will consider the importance of multi-agency working within the criminal justice system, whilst a specific module on substance misuse and crime will assess the criminological links, contemporary global issues, and assessment strategies associated with drugs and criminal behaviour. Criminal law features alongside other aspects of law, including law of contract and tort.

This course is the ideal route for those who currently hold a foundation degree in Criminal Justice, or in a similar field, and want to top-up their qualification to gain a full honours degree.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

You will explore the historical perspective relating to the establishment and development of both the police and prison service in England and Wales. This will include exploring the effects and risks of misused legal and illegal substances, the theoretical approaches to criminal justice and punishment, and learn a clear understanding of the key principles relating to contract and civil law from a management perspective. You will also produce a dissertation to engage you in the process of secondary research using an eclectic mix of materials to facilitate your investigation and present your findings.

The Learning Experience

The top-up degree further develops skills which are 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 course. 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 and guest lectures.

A work placement will enable you to build upon your experience and gain links within the industry.

You will have access to a range of resources including a Uni Hub, dedicated learning environment for degree students.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out throughout the year of the degree, primarily through both formative and summative assessments. This will include 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 and law will work with you. Lecturers are active in the research in your field and have experience of working within the wider field of criminal justice.

Ref: Lee Curran