Criminology and Social Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice

BA (Hons) (Top-Up)
Leaflet Code: CR27909FT


Passionate about justice? Got an analytical and questioning mind? Want to achieve great things with a career in the criminal justice system? A criminology degree can lead to jobs outside of criminal justice. It can include; social work, youth services, third sector, support services, local authorities and education.

Build on the knowledge you learnt during your Foundation Degree, and continue to focus on enhancing your academic understanding and professional abilities. For each module, you will concentrate on developing research, organisational, project management and problem solving skills, preparing you for a rewarding career in criminal justice.

All our course content stays on top of the current trends and latest changes in the sector. You’ll learn from case studies and up to date research and reports; the teaching team have close links with relevant employers to inform curriculum. A mixture of lecturers and seminars will take place at UCEN Manchester

By the end of the degree, you will have everything you need to follow an exciting career path in the public or private or sector, law enforcement and across the prison, probation and civil services.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2024

Awarding Partner:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Our staff are all experienced lecturers, each with a wealth of knowledge and industrial experience from the criminal justice sector. Many of our staff are professional practitioners with experience of working with the police, probation, youth services and in research. Our whole team regularly update their knowledge and skills, with strong links to Manchester Metropolitan University.

• Foundation Degree or HND, or an equivalent Level 5 qualification in a related subject

• Recognition of prior learning/experience will be accepted in line with University policy and procedures.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Conflict or Cohesion? Debates in Equality and Community in modern Britain (30 credits)
Part 1 of this module provide the opportunity to explore issues stemming from the 2010 Equality Act and the pervasive nature of the continuing forms of inequality that exist within criminal justice, housing and all areas of society. The second part focuses on community cohesion, its challenges and how it is maintained in society.

Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Develop both general skills and knowledge specific to your discipline, with your own extended research project. You’ll discuss your ideas with tutors, undertake a Literature Review of your chosen topic, formulate a research proposal, with specific questions – and then carry out your own primary research. The data will be analysed, presented and critically evaluated in relation to the wider literature in the area in the form of the dissertation assessment.

Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Crime (30 credits)
Examine the development of prohibition legislation and the relationship of substance misuse, mental health, and crime. You will further examine how the state, criminal justice system and support services responds to substance misuse and both from an enforcement and support perspective.

The course includes a range of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions, guest speakers / visits, independent study. You’ll take part in both individual and groups assessments, including:

• Reports
• Essays
• Presentations
• Examinations
• Dissertation

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.

You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing.

If your course includes dissertation research, you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of research.

You will need to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there is an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.