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Course summary

If you enjoy helping others and want to make a difference in your local communities, a degree in Criminal Justice may be the right fit for you. The Criminal Justice field can offer dozens of rewarding job opportunities in areas like policing, victim advocacy, prison and probation services, rehabilitation, and investigative work. Our BA Criminal Justice provides a personalised university experience that places small class sizes at the forefront of our teaching and learning philosophy. Our dedicated staff provide learners with the very best opportunities to succeed and progress into employment. This course is designed to provide FdA Criminal Justice graduates the opportunity to top-up their academic qualification to the level of a BA honours degree. This course provides a multi-disciplinary approach – drawing on a range of approaches to the study of Criminal Justice – while incorporating a focus on contemporary issues with local, national and international perspectives. Modules include:

  • Victimology
  • Probation, Offending Behaviour and Rehabilitation
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Research Project
Graduates from this course are well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the Criminal Justice System and students can go straight into work after completion their degree. With a BA in Criminal Justice, you can start your career path towards roles such as Youth Justice Worker, Youth Support Services, Probation work, Prison work, Private Security work and Police roles.


Victimology: Critically analyse the theoretical perspectives of Victimology and assess the procedural efforts made to engage victims with the Criminal Justice process. Probation, Offending Behaviour and Rehabilitation: Explore the differential impact of crime and consider the structural and cultural factors that impact on life chances and the experiences of individuals Miscarriages of Justice: Critically analyse the effectiveness of the relevant law and procedures regarding criminal investigation and prosecution. Research Project: Bring together the various skills you have developed during the FdA Criminal Justice course, along with elements of the level 6 top up as well as your research method skills. Identify a Criminal Justice related topic of focus and then design, research and present a substantive independent research project on this issue. Draw selectively and critically upon a body of knowledge and information and develop new insights, ideas and perspectives on contemporary Criminal Justice practice. Offer a critical insight into a range of appropriate literature in order to present new insights and conclusions on a chosen Criminal Justice issue Critically evaluate ethical principles and values regarding the collection and analysis of crime-related research.

Assessment method

Teaching learning and assessment will be varied, appealing to a diverse range of learners, in the form of collaborative learning during seminars, workshops, debates, mentoring and small group tutoring. You will develop essential transferable skills such as effective communication skills; analysing information; problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. You will have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge through a variety of activities including classroom based, workshops and independent research. Assessments throughout the year will comprise presentations and summative written assignments including essays, a poster and an independent research project. The course will be delivered one full day each week to support learning with responsibilities outside of university.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Completion of the FdA Criminal Justice degree at NTU or similar course in Criminal Justice.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Criminal Justice (Top-up) at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS