Criminology and Criminal Justice - Foundation Degree
Course Code: TH1HE158
UCAS Code: M211
We provide the opportunity for you to study a Foundation Degree which leads to the BA top up in Criminology and Criminal Justice, this fascinating social science explores various disciplines such as psychology, sociology, law, human rights, penology, criminal justice and psychiatry. By studying a degree in Criminology you will explore the issues relating to crime. Most people associate Criminology with the causes of crime but it goes well beyond this; it is important to consider that laws change over time and what may constitute as illegal in one society may be legal in another. The degree allows you to explore the social and political impact crime has on individuals, groups and society as a whole. You will graduate with a Foundation Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with the opportunity to progress onto a BA (Hons) top up degree. Whilst studying with us you will develop critical thinking, analytical and communication skills which will prepare you for a broad range of employment opportunities such as the police, probation, prison service, social work, youth work, criminal justice agencies and the Crown Prosecution Service. You will be well placed for postgraduate study or to train in a teaching career by completing a PGCE. To enhance your employability skills you will be required to complete a minimum of 50 hours in a professional setting as part of your Work Based Learning module. Additionally there will be various activities such as guest speakers from industries invited to deliver sessions and field trips included to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career.
A minimum of 80 UCAS points or an equivalent qualification. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Work in Criminal Justice System||TH4MD263||20||Mandatory|
|Crime Punishment and Human Rights||TH4MD261||20||Mandatory|
|Principles of Criminology||TH4MD258||20||Mandatory|
|Crime and Society||TH4MD262||20||Mandatory|
|Criminal Justice Environment||TH4MD259||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|It and Crime||TH5MD267||20||Optional|
|Forensic Psychology||TH5MD270||20||Optional (most common)|
|Work Based Learning||TH5MD271||40||Mandatory|
|Research and Information Manage Skills||TH5MD268||20||Mandatory|
|Criminal Law||TH5MD266||20||Optional (most common)|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.