FdA Criminal Justice (Full-time) - 2018 Entry

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Reasons to study Criminal Justice

  • A strong emphasis on employability, the course has a high success rate with students gaining related employment in areas such as policing, probation, legal practice and related criminal justice agencies.
  • This course can offer a route into many careers within the criminal justice sector, and although it is not a Qualifying Law Degree, it can also lead to partially satisfying the next academic stage of training for those intending to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister.
  • Progress and continue your studies by completing the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (Top-up).
UCAS Code: M900
Institution Code: S51
Start Date/End Date: September 2018 - June 2020
Duration: 2 years full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Jennifer Hough
01744 623270
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Validated By: 
University of Chester

Our 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.

It 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.

During the two years, you develop 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. You will be introduced to both legal and criminological research skills, focusing on criminal law and criminal justice processes.

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 practice. You will also explore the political history of the UK and the role that political and social justice plays in society. Alongside this you will expand your professional and academic development.

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 look at psychology and its link to crime and criminal behaviour. You will undertake a work placement or voluntary work to put the theory that you have learnt on the degree into practice.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, selfdirected study, written work, presentations, group work, visits and guest lectures. In addition to classroom-based study, you will also have the opportunity to observe crime and justice in practice by visiting local courts and prisons.

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?

Highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of criminal justice practice will work with you. Lecturers are active researchers in their field and have experience of working in industry. In addition, visiting speakers assist in the delivery of the degree, often providing novel approaches to, or presenting unique aspects of, particular subjects.

Ref: Jennifer Hough

Six reasons to study Criminal Justice


Strong emphasis on employability, as the degree has been designed in consultation with local and regional employers.

Success Rates

High success rates of graduates successfully progressing into a range of relevant employment opportunities.

Accomplished Lecturers

Delivered by accomplished lecturers with extensive industry experience in a range relevant areas.

Wide Range of Topics

Explore a wide range of modules, from Victimology and Criminal Law to Political and Social Justice.

Work Placement

Work placement opportunities throughout the course, provide the opportunity to put learnt theory into practice.

Progression Opportunities

Fantastic progression opportunities – spend an additional year at University Centre St Helens, topping up to a full BA (Hons) Criminal Justice qualification.