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BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (Top-up)


This course provides a multi-disciplinary approach drawing on sociological, political, legal and cultural approaches to the study of the Criminal Justice sector, enabling you to develop a range of relevant and appropriate transferable skills in preparation for employment. The course offers a range of tutor-led, peer-led and work relevant opportunities to develop their reflective practice and the skills needed to engage with current agendas of social and economic justice, cultural dialogue, lifestyle and environmental issues and political articulation.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

Entry requirements

All students, including direct entry students, will be required to formally present their independent project proposal as part of the recruitment process.

To start this course students will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 240 credits on a relevant foundation degree;
  • At least 240 credits on a relevant HND;
  • Other relevant Level 5 qualification (normally 240 credits or equivalent).

We also require GCSE English and maths (or equivalent) at grade C/grade 4 or above.

You may also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to undertaking this course.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.              

Where applicable: £44 on DBS check

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20201 yr(s)3622D101£7150.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is one year full-time course. Attendance is normally 12 hours over two days a week and the completion of a study placement if you are not employed in an appropriate setting.
You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and study outside the classroom. 


How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used, but all are coursework-based. Students will undertake coursework not just for assessment purposes but to consolidate and apply learning as part of the learning strategy for the modules. Where possible the assessment tasks will be problem based encouraging students to apply theory to practice and will incorporate ‘live’ briefs drawn from the sector and which may include analysis of new policy and legislation.

What does the course lead to?

Career prospects for graduates of this course include policing, the prison service, criminal intelligence, community support, probation and law, teaching, jobs in voluntary sector organisations and public administration.

What will I study?

Modules to be covered include:

  • Independent Research Project (40 Credits)
  • Professional Practice
  • Equity and Inequity in the Criminal Justice Sector
  • Critical Perspectives in Criminology
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

  • Upon successful completion of the course, and subject to meeting the entry requirements, progression to an MSc in a relevant subject may be possible at university.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email the HE team at

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

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Next steps

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

Apply online

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