Newcastle College University Centre

Police and Criminal Justice Studies Newcastle College University Centre Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Newcastle College Group


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This new programme will develop the knowledge and skills you will need to work in the police and/or wider criminal justice system. You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of organisations in place to tackle crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour and those working with the most vulnerable within society. You will undertake 200 hours of “hands on” experience within the public and/or third sector, over the duration of the foundation degree, some of this will take place through organised activities with the emergency services, however the majority of the time will be spent volunteering in the local community. Although not essential in the first year of study, it is heavily encouraged for learners undertaking this degree to work as a special constable, volunteer with an organisation that specialises in dealing with those at risk of offending or those that support offenders. You will be able to be involved in research focusing on your chosen field and will have the chance to participate in conferences. In addition, you will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop your understanding of the criminal justice system by engaging with events, volunteering and visits to our industry partners. The course is delivered by lecturing staff that currently work in the criminal justice system or have experience in the wider criminal justice sector. Staff on the course are best placed to prepare you for a range of roles in the criminal justice sector. The programme is suitable for individuals who want to achieve a Foundation Degree in this field, undertaking a course that is specifically tailored to the role of a police constable and police community support officer (PCSO). Current serving police constables, special constables and PCSO’s will benefit from the course and will be eligible for Recognised Prior Learning. The amount of RPL credited to the individual is governed by Newcastle College Group regulations, for more information, please visit - With successful completion and satisfactory academic performance, you may decide to apply for the top up BA (Hons) degree in Policing and Criminal Justice Studies (subject to validation), or a position within the criminal justice system. Career opportunities include (not exhaustive); a range of roles in the police, probation, prison service, youth offending, Ministry of Defence Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

Course details


Year One: Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Professional Policing and Intelligence Gathering 1, Conflict Management, Work Related Learning, Introduction to Youth Justice, Operational Policing 1, Crime Prevention 1. Year Two: Personal Development, Professional Policing and Intelligence Gathering 2, Crime Prevention 2, Research Methods, Work Based Learning, Operational Policing 2, Vulnerability, Risk and Public Protection. Introduction to Investigations. Optional Modules include Principles of Leadership, Criminal Law or Critical Perspectives of Mental Health.

Assessment method

You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, guest speakers and visits, independent research and case studies. Learning takes place in classrooms, lecture theatres and in our simulation rooms. You will also participate in lectures, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in public speaking and increasing self-confidence.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code C607
Institution code N23
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Please e-mail
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C(4) in Maths and English Language.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
Scottish Advanced Higher CC

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,000 * Year 1
England £9,000 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 * Year 1
Scotland £9,000 * Year 1
Wales £9,000 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Newcastle College University Centre
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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0191 200 4000