Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nelson and Colne College Group - UCAS

Course summary

This programme is offered in partnership with the University of Cumbria, and is designed for those students wishing to pursue a career in the criminal justice sector and associated professions. It has been designed for those students already working in the criminal justice sector who wish to up-skill and enhance their knowledge, as well as for those students who wish to gain an insight into the nature of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system in order to pursue a career in the varied roles within the criminal justice sector. The programme covers a broad range of interconnecting issues that impact on the work that criminal justice agencies undertake and will provide you with an understanding of policy and the changing requirements of the sector. It will give you a real insight into the nature of crime, the workings of the Criminal Justice System and provide you with the employability skills to make a success in a diverse range of settings. The course will combine academic underpinning theoretical principles with the distinctive characteristics of a Foundation Degree. Criminology and Criminal Justice The study of Criminology and Criminal Justice is concerned with a range of issues both theoretically and on a practical level. Criminology is the study of crime and as such it encompasses a wide variety of topics to understand the process of criminalisation and victimisation and the various institutions and roles within this. Within Criminology there are various themes such as intersectionality of deviance in relation to different groups in society and how different groups are represented both publically and privately. A big part of studying Criminology is also the practical applications to Criminal Justice and how crime can be managed and the understanding of anti-discriminatory practices within the system. Criminology and Criminal Justice is an important sphere of the social sciences as it encompasses a variety of theoretical viewpoints within this and also the practical applications of the theory to a variety of agencies and practices. Work Placement Alongside the taught elements of the programme, if you are not already employed within the sector you will be required to undertake a placement of 120 hours alongside the Level 5 modules in an appropriate and related sector to provide you with the opportunity to see how the theory you study through the taught modules applies in practice. You will be encouraged to seek out your own placement arrangements to fit in with your individual personal circumstances and to help you to develop the skills linked to finding employment. Help and guidance can however be provided through the programme leader where difficulties are experienced and all placements will be inspected to ensure health and safety criteria are met. The work based focus of the programme is further enhanced by contributions to the teaching team from practitioners in the criminal justice field and a programme of guest lectures and work-related assessments. This combination of work-related learning and preparation for employment together with a rigorous and challenging academic environment ensures you will be fully prepared for higher level study should you wish to pursue this route.


Level 4- Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process; Principles of Criminology; Psychology and Crime; Sentencing and Punishment; Preparing to Work within the Criminal Justice Sector; Representations of Crime Level 5- Victimology; Alternative Responses to Crime; Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice; Youth Justice; Work Based Learning; Research in the Criminal Justice Sector

Assessment method

A range of assessments are used used within the programme, including portfolios, case studies, reflections and presentations. There is one exam in Level 5.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Accrington Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nelson and Colne College Group - UCAS