Overview

Passionate about justice? Got an analytical and questioning mind? Want to achieve great things with a career in the criminal justice system? With a BA Hons Top-Up Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, we’ll equip you with the skills and experience for success.

Build on the knowledge you learnt during your Foundation Degree, and continue to focus on enhancing your practical, work-based skills, academic understanding and professional abilities. For each module, you will concentrate on developing research, leadership and problem solving skills, preparing you for a rewarding career in criminal justice.

All our course content stays on top of the current trends and latest changes in the sector. You’ll learn from case studies and simulation exercises; close links with top employers and a range of talented guest speakers; and a mix of formal teaching and presentations.

By the end of the degree, you will have everything you need to follow an exciting career path in the public or private or sector, working in forensic psychology, law enforcement, legal practice and across the prison, probation and civil services.

Location
Openshaw Campus
Attendance
Full Time
Duration
1 year
Start
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Our staff are all experienced lecturers, each with a wealth of knowledge and industrial experience from the criminal justice sector. You will learn from current professional practitioners, like criminal lawyers and forensic phycologists. Our whole team regularly update their knowledge and skills, with strong links to Manchester Metropolitan University. All staff have, or are working towards a higher-level Master’s qualification.

• Recognition of prior learning/experience will be accepted in line with University policy and procedures.

• Foundation Degree or HND, or an equivalent Level 5 qualification in a related subject
You may be required to attend an interview and complete an interview task.

If you’re a mature applicant (aged 21 or over), and can to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity, we’ll consider your application and may invite you to an interview.

Conflict or Cohesion? Debates in Equality and Community in modern Britain (30 credits)
Explore the relationship between Criminal Law, Civil Law, Employment Law and Management Practice and develop your management skills for a future role in the industry.

Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Develop both general skills and knowledge specific to your discipline, with your own extended research project. You’ll discuss your ideas with tutors, undertake a Literature Review of your chosen topic, formulate a research proposal, with specific questions – and then carry out your own research.

Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Crime (30 credits)
Examine the multi-agency approach in this area, and apply sociological, historical, psychological and cultural perspectives to these subjects and their relationships with Criminal Justice.
Gray, D. E. (2013) Doing Research in the Real World

Hart, C. (2009) Doing a Literature Review

Olsen W (2011) Data Collection

Payne-James, J., Stark, M. and Scott-Ham, M. (2014) Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse

Craig, L. A., Gannon, T. A. and Dixon, L. (eds) (2013) What Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidence-based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Winstone, J. (ed.) (2015) Mental Health, Crime and Criminal Justice: Responses and Reforms

Cole, G. and Kelly, P. (2015) Management Theory and Practice
The course includes a range of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions, guest speakers / visits, independent study. You’ll take part in both individual and groups assessments, including:

• Reports
• Essays
• Presentations
• Portfolio submissions
• Examinations
• Practical and research based coursework assignments
• Dissertation
• Practical projects.
With this degree, you could follow an exciting career in:

• Probation Service
• HM Prisons Officer
• Forensic Psychology
• Law Enforcement
• Administration of Justice
• The Legal Sector
• Crime Prevention
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

- Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
- Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

You’ll also find details of part time and international fees.
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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.

You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing.

If your course includes dissertation research, you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of research.

You will need to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there is an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.


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