Explore how criminal justice works and the ways in which crime interacts with society, focus on Criminology as a discipline, and develop professional skills for a rewarding career in law and the criminal justice system with this Foundation Degree.

Throughout this two-year course - with the option to continue with a BA (Hons) degree third year – you’ll learn from professional practitioners operating in the justice system, studying both historical and contemporary issues across a range of topics. You’ll examine specialist areas like criminal law, policing and prisons, developing an overarching understanding of criminology in today’s society.

Advance your abilities in research and strategy, and deepen your knowledge and understanding of all things related to law and criminology. You’ll be developing essential skills for a huge number of roles, learning how to evaluate theory and link it with practice, and examining the causes and consequences of crime. A key part of the course will be undertaking work in related areas, visiting important organisations, and hearing from professionals working in the criminal justice system and relevant agencies.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
You will be taught by a team of experienced lecturers with a wealth of knowledge and industrial experience from within the criminal justice sector. Many of our staff are current professional practitioners, including 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.

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a related subject for example Public Services, Health and Social care, A Levels etc (Contact the course tutor for further details).
You may be initially required to attend an interview and complete an interview task.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Criminal Law, Theory and Practice (30 credits)
Explore the origins, development and contemporary aspects of the criminal law and how it is applied in practice, from investigation to trial and sentence.

Year 1: Criminology in Practice (30 credits)
Looking at both classical and contemporary criminological perspectives, you’ll examine how government thinking has influenced how offenders and victims are responded to within the Criminal Justice System.

Year 1: Politics, Community, Crime and Justice (30 credits)
Develop an understanding of the relationship between political ideology, criminology, the law and social policy, and explore how this protects/impacts communities within the operation of criminal justice practice.

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
This unit underpins all other units and helps develop the essential academic and professional skills you’ll need for success.
Cole, G. and Kelly, P. (2015) Management Theory and Practice

Clough, J. (2014) Nutshell's Criminal Law

Gray D E (2013) Doing Research in the Real World

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

Hart, C. (2009) Doing a Literature Review

Jones, S. (2013) Criminology

Lanier, M. (2015) Essential Criminology

Olsen W (2011) Data Collection

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

Martin, J., and Storey, T. (2015) Unlocking Criminal Law

Winstone, J. (2015) Mental health, crime and criminal justice: Responses and reforms
The course will be delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorial, practical sessions, guest speakers / visits, independent study, and assessment – both individual and group – includes:

• Reports
• Essays
• Presentations
• Portfolio submissions
• Examinations
• Practical and research based coursework assignments
• Work-based learning
• Demonstrations
• Practical projects.
You’ll have a range of opportunities, across many different disciplines in the criminal justice sector, when you complete this foundation degree.

With the knowledge, skills and abilities to undertake a range of roles within the public, private and voluntary sectors that have specific focus on the law, crime and justice, you could work in Policing, Probation, Prison, administration of justice and Custodial Services along with Youth Offending Services and a range of legal practice roles.
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 can 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 undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be 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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