Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice (Top-up) at Barnsley College University Centre - UCAS

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Course summary

Criminology aims to go beyond our common-sense assumptions and explore the complex and contentious nature of crime and criminal justice. On this course students will critically explore a number of contemporary criminological topics, alongside developing wider, holistic and authentic skillsets through innovative assessment methods. A high emphasis is placed on employability, of which is designed to allow students to ‘stand out from the crowd’ and aid in the successful attainment of professional careers within the criminal justice sector post-graduation. As part of the focus of wider skillset development, students are expected to take part in crisis management and hostage negotiation assessments to reflect the qualities in which are held in high regard within the sector. In addition, students can also expect to take part in work integrated learning through taking advantage of a wide range of industry placements that we have on offer within the criminal justice sector. Our aim of this top-up programme is to produce industry ready graduates who will be the professionals of the future. • The programme is supported and influenced by public service organisations to ensure its relevance. • Guest speakers from within industry putting theory into context. • You’ll be taught by staff with industry experience within the public services. • You will have professional development opportunities and be encouraged to gain industry experience. • Hostage negotiation assessment


Criminality, Communities and Mental Health - 20 credits Prisons and Punishment - 20 credits Emergency and Disaster Management - 20 credits Professional Context Project - 20 credits Dissertation - 40 credits

Assessment method

There are no formal examinations and most modules are likely to be assessed via a variety of innovative methods. Coursework assessments are likely to include essay, briefing note, presentations, E-portfolios, research and reflections and focus group interviews as well as undertaking a Dissertation which includes a Research Proposal and Ethics submission. The practical element of assessments feature a hostage negotiation exercise and developing and integrating a professional context project

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We currently do not accept international applications

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will have to have achieved either of the following to access the programme: • Successful completion of a level 5 qualification, HND or Foundation Degree in relevant topic area. • English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or functional skills level 2. Willingness to complete English and maths qualifications alongside the programme will be considered. All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

As your programme will involve you working with vulnerable individuals (e.g. children and adults), you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5995 Year 1
Scotland £5995 Year 1
Wales £5995 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Fees are quoted based on 2021 entry information and are subject to change for 2022.
Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice (Top-up) at Barnsley College University Centre - UCAS