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BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (Top-up) (Full-time) - 2018 Entry

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Reasons to study Criminal Justice

  • This degree course will prepare you for a number of career pathways in spheres such as policing, probation, prisons, youth justice or drugs and alcohol.
  • 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.
  • Delivered by accomplished lecturers with extensive industry experience in all areas of the criminal justice system.
UCAS Code: M211
Institution Code: S51
Start Date / End Date: September 2018 - June 2019
Duration: 1 year full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Lee Curran
Telephone: 01744 623287
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Validated By
University of Chester

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

The course aims to further develop knowledge and understanding of crime and criminal justice through the delivery of a variety of modules to develop 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, you will be introduced to both legal and criminological research skills, focusing on criminal law and criminal justice processes.

Entering this degree, having completed our foundation degree or, perhaps with work experience in a relevant field, this degree combines rigorous academic activity to further enhance your knowledge and employability.

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.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, selfdirected 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. 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 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. In addition, visiting speakers assist in the delivery of the degree, often providing novel approaches to, or presenting unique aspects of, particular subjects.

Ref: Lee Curran

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

Work Placement

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

Wide Range of Topics

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

Comprehensive Knowledge

Develop a deeper, more comprehensive knowledge of the Criminal Justice system and the work associated with it