Criminology and Criminal Justice Foundation Entry Route BA (Hons)

Criminology and Criminal Justice Foundation Entry Route BA (Hons)

School of Law and Social Science

UCAS Code

M101

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    M101; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study in small groups, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the basics of law and criminology at UCLan, one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education. Develop yourself intellectually whilst acquiring core skills and legal knowledge for progression onto the degree programmes. With a strong emphasis on the development of transferable skills such as oral and written communication, digital skills, language skills, thinking and critical skills, personal development planning and group work, the law course is supported by research of international excellence and we have superb links with the regional legal profession, police and the probation service.

You’ll gain a real insight into the legal profession with regular visits from leading practitioners, academics and judges. This is a friendly and supportive environment which encourages students to meet their potential.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Register for our Open Evening 19 March Register for our Open Evening 19 March

Course at a Glance

Year 1

CORE:

  • Introduction to Academic Skills in Higher Education
  • Introduction to Issues in Law and Criminology

Continued

OPTIONS:

  • Introduction to Human Rights and Debating
  • Introduction to Business Law and Commerical Awareness
  • Introduction to Family Law
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminology

Year 2

Compulsory

  • CJ1010  Crime and Justice in Society
  • CJ1011  Morality and Criminal Justice
  • CJ1012  Key Approaches in Criminology: Socio-Cultural Perspectives
  • CJ1013  Criminal Justice in Action

Year 3

Compulsory

  • CJ2030  Theory and Research Methods in Criminology
  • CJ2031  Understanding Policing and Security
  • CJ2032  Perspectives on Prisons and Society
  • CJ2033  Youth Justice

Year 4

Compulsory

  • CJ3003  Dissertation
  • CJ3004  Diversities, Discrimination and Justice in the UK

Options: choose TWO

  • CJ3001  Perspectives on Cybercrime
  • CJ3002  Crimes of the Powerful
  • CJ3005  Gendered Violence, Crime and Justice
  • CJ3006  Trafficking in Vulnerable Persons

Further Information

The course addresses the widespread and growing interest in crime apparent throughout modern society and meets the ever-increasing demand from Government agencies and other employers, nationally and internationally, for graduates in Criminology and Criminal Justice. It offers specialist study strands for those wishing to pursue careers in policing, in the prison service, working with victims/survivors of interpersonal violence, working with young offenders, working with drug users and working with non-government organisations in conflict situations and with victims/survivors of trafficking.

The course attracts students with a personal interest in the subject matter who are often considering a career in the criminal justice system or organisations related to criminal justice and victim/survivor support. It offers a challenging and rigorous examination of the nature of how crime is perceived, defined and managed in modern society. You will develop a critical stance through a broad curriculum that forms an excellent exploration of this subject through a balanced mix of compulsory and optional modules which are taught by specialists in those areas.

red dotted line

WHERE WILL THE COURSE TAKE YOU?

Graduates follow careers in areas such as the police, the probation service, prisons and branches of the Home Office such as the Border Agency and the Criminal Justice Social Work. Students might also consider community development  work, local government administration and adult guidance work with ex-offenders. Paid employment in the voluntary sector is an increasingly important area with positions in victim support and women’s refuges etc. Graduates have joined the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, drug schemes, educational institutions and youth offending teams.

Group of students

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

We have developed and nurtured working partnerships within numerous professional environments, such as the National Health Service, Lancashire Constabulary, Social-Enterprise Entrepreneurs, Armed Services, Criminal Justice System, multi-faith communities, non-government organisations, third sector providers, primary, secondary and further education, local councils, social services, the Probation Trust and equality and diversity practitioners.


The School of Law and Social Science works to support you to achieve improved employment outcomes. Within each programme of study, there are embedded employability skills within a number of modules to enhance and promote employability skills and graduate attributes.

The School has developed employability and community links within the North West of England and the UK as a whole. This ensures that you have the opportunity to engage with employers, community groups, professionals and practitioners from ground-breaking organisations to develop their academic portfolio and pathway into to the world of work. We provide the opportunity to meet, communicate and network with a wide range of professional associates, from multi-disciplinary settings, who can provide first-hand experience and knowledge of the key skills required to be successful in your career destination.

Employability and career development is fully supported throughout the programme and opportunities exist to learn a language through Worldwise to support the international dimension of the programme and international career opportunities. Opportunities also exist for national and international work placement through the School of Law and Social Science and the award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.

The Study Abroad Exchange Programme provides you with the exciting opportunity to experience a whole new outlook on Criminology and Criminal Justice, by spending half or all of your second year at another University with a similar programme of study.

UCLan Leaders in Residence: Amanda Webster

Amanda Webster from Harrison Drury Solicitors talks about what skills she thinks students need, and how UCLan's Leaders in Residence programme benefits students, businesses and the university.

Also hear from our Leader in Residence Mark Alexander from law firm BLM

red dotted line

Course Trips

You can participate to field trips, putting your knowledge into context; previously these have included visits to The Auschwitz Memorial and Northern Ireland.

Take a look at Sarah Collinson's trip to Europe

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The school has developed and nurtured working partnerships within numerous professional environments, such as Lancashire Constabulary, Cumbria & Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), The Crown Prosecution Service, Victim Support Lancashire, HM Prison Service, the National Health Service, Equality and Diversity Practitioners,  Armed Services, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Third Sector Providers, Local Councils, Social Services, Primary, Secondary and Further Education, Social-Enterprise Entrepreneurs, and Multi-faith Communities.  Examples also include people from Stepping Stones Nigeria Child Empowerment Foundation, Recycling Lives, the Youth Offending Team.

Professional Accreditation

The centre’s provision is accredited by ILM.

Institute of Leadership and Management logo


News

Tim Owen Senior Lecturer in Criminology, was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire about recent cybercrime attacks. Listen Here.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules are delivered by various methods from traditional large group lectures to smaller more informal sessions with occasional use of audio-visual material to be analysed in small groups where appropriate. Lectures are supported by smaller seminar-workshop groups where students can discuss issues arising from the lecture programme. Students are required to undertake individual, and sometimes group, reading and preparation for seminars and workshops

Staff are all experts in their particular areas of academic study, active researchers and writers and contributors to national evaluations of research and to discussion and debates in the policy and public sphere.

You will benefit from student led conferences and guest visit speakers from various sectors such as the Lancashire Constabulary, Armed Services, the Criminal Justice system, Social Services, Magistrate and Crown Court Services and the Cumbria & Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)

Assessment is by a variety of methods from essays and assignments to end-of-module tests. Overall there are more essays, assignments and projects than tests, with some modules using 100 per cent coursework.

Opportunities

Graduates follow careers in areas such as the police, the probation service, prisons and branches of the Home Office such as the Border Agency and the Criminal Justice Social Work. Students might also consider community development work, local government administration and adult guidance work with ex-offenders. Paid employment in the voluntary sector is an increasingly important area with positions in victim support and women’s refuges etc.

Graduates have joined the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, drug schemes, educational institutions and youth offending teams. Two thirds of our students will follow career paths connected with their degree.

Some recent Criminology graduates have also gone on to study an MA by Research or further research degrees (MPhil/PhD ).

UCLan Education and Social Science on Facebook

Follow UCLan Education and Social Science on Twitter