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Foundation Degree Criminal Justice - Level 5


This course provides a multi-disciplinary approach – drawing on sociological, political, legal and cultural approaches to the study of the criminal justice sector – enabling students to develop a range of relevant and appropriate transferable skills in preparation for employment. The course is focused on current issues with local, national and international perspectives.

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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

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

  • At least 80 UCAS points at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMD profile or above.
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualification (normally at merit grade).
  • Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.
  • We normally also require GCSE English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Students 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 university centre.

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

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20202 yr(s)4880D1£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year full-time course, normally two days per week. 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, all of which are coursework based, including a single time constrained assignment.

What does the course lead to?

Recruitment into some areas may require substantial hands-on experience, therefore, graduates will be encouraged to continue on a period of voluntary activity after graduation.

Alternatively, you may seek employment in a wide range of areas such as the Crown Prosecution Service, the police service, the probation services, prison service, social work or youth offending agencies.

Those interested in joining the police force are encouraged to join the specials as part of the programme.

There is also the option of pursuing a career in the voluntary sector working with either offenders or victims.

What will I study?

Modules include:

  • State, Society and Global Concerns
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Legal Framework
  • Criminological Theory
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Criminal Sentencing Practice
  • Research Methods and Methodology
  • Offender Management
  • Youth Crime and Responses
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Victim Rights and Restorative Justice
  • Inequality and Exclusion: Social, Legal and Cultural Perspectives
  • Penology: UK and International Perspectives

Module titles may change.

What else can I do?

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What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of the foundation degree and subject to meeting entry requirements, students may be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (top-up), which will be delivered by and at Vision University Centre. There is also opportunity for students to transfer to the University of Derby to complete a full degree in Criminology (BA Hons Criminology), subject to meeting entry requirements. 

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 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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