Criminology and Criminal Justice - Foundation Degree

Course Code: TH1HE177

UCAS Code: M211


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                             

Duration: 2 days per week
Day/s of week: Monday & Tuesday
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Indicative Delivery 75% On-site at the University Centre Campus and 25% On-line

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Foundation Degree will develop your understanding of:

  • those who commit crime
  • the causes and preventions of crime
  • the impact of crime on individuals and communities.

A degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice will enable you develop knowledge and understanding of the changing nature and extent of the crime ‘problem’ and the agencies involved in the frontline management and control of crime. 

The programme will support you to engage with theoretical principles and critically evaluate both your own and others research, whilst also gaining strong practical skills to enable you to seek employment in the criminal justice field.

The programme is enriched by work experience, and preparatory practical experiences to fully equip you for industry or for further study and research.

The programme will prepare you for a range of employment opportunities in the criminal justice field, such as the police, probation, prison service, social work, teaching, youth justice, and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The programme will also be supported and enriched throughout by a range of activities and events designed to give you valuable insight into how criminal justice agencies work and the roles and responsibilities of those working in the criminal justice system.

You'll benefit from visiting guest speakers from relevant industries, and trips to criminology and criminal justice conferences.

To develop your employability skills and attributes, you will be required to complete a work placement in a professional setting.

Depending on your choice of career pathway, the Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is designed to prepare you for postgraduate life, whether as a practitioner in the criminal justice field, an academic researcher or criminal justice policy maker.

This programme is validated by the University of Lancaster.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

  • CCD from A Levels including criminology, sociology, psychology, law, forensic psychology or public services
  • MMP from Extended Diploma or DM from Diploma in appropriate discipline
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma in related discipline

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

FdA Criminology and Criminal Justice

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


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 MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Introduction to Criminological TheoryTH4MD29320Mandatory
Forensic Psychology Crime Offenders PolicingTH4MD29420Mandatory
Alternative Responses to ImprisonmentTH4MD29520Mandatory
Crime and SocietyTH4MD29620Mandatory
Multi Agency Working Criminal Justice SystemTH4MD29720Mandatory
Introduction to Academic StudyTH4MD31720Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Criminological ThoughtTH5MD30920Mandatory
International Human RightsTH5MD31020Mandatory
Youth JusticeTH5MD31120Mandatory
Work Based Research ProjectTH5MD31220Mandatory
Forensic Psychology Witnesses Experts EvidenceTH5MD31320Mandatory
Research MethodsTH5MD31520Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

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.

Independent Study

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 MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

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.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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