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Applied Criminal Justice Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year
    Part Time: 2 Years

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,900

  • Location:


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0300 303 2772

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This course is currently suspending applications. The next expected cohort will be September 2021. Please email for further details.

This programme draws on experience and expertise from law, criminology and psychology, providing you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within the criminal justice system.

This course is ideal if you are a serving or recently retired police officer, looking to study a range of areas within the field of criminal justice. The top-up is also ideal if you are working within criminal justice organisations or public services pursuing a degree in this field.

Updated 26/11/2020


  • For serving or recently retired police officers.
  • Top-up your foundation degree.
  • Moot room.

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Course Content

  • We will develop your research, presentation and critical thinking skills, to prepare you for professional employment in the criminal justice system and further study. The modules represent key areas of the criminal justice system, some of which are jointly delivered with police, law, psychology and criminology students. Modules focus on aspects of policing, such as protection of the public, operations, dealing with challenging behaviours and the politics of crime control. You have the opportunity to examine areas including sentencing, crime and punishment and cyber-crime.

    You will have the option to study an area of special interest to you in much greater depth, and which may ultimately be relevant to a current or future employer.

    If you have sufficient experience, this can be formally taken into account when gaining entry onto this top-up.

      • Module code: CJS3001
        Status: Compulsory
        Students will critically analyse and discuss the problems that drive offending behaviour these will include the role around stigma and social exclusion as well as complex psychological and behavioural problems that impact on offending. This will be underpinned with the historical theoretical approaches that help to understand such behaviour.
      • Module code: CJS3002
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is designed to give learners the opportunity to explore the changing nature of vulnerability within society and help them to examine current and potential future policy responses to protection prevention and enforcement.
      • Module code: CJS3005
        Status: Designate
        This module will extend the student's policing experience in both a strategic and an operational context. The assessments are a blend of both academic and practical they are designed to test the student in both the university environment and the operational setting of the police service.
      • Module code: CJS3006
        Status: Designate
        This module examines the topic of victimology, who becomes a victim and why, what responsibility do victims themselves bear for acts committed against them? It explores the consequences of being labeled `victim?, their rights and support, and it asks, `what voice should victims have in designing of victims? services?
      • Module code: CJS3012
        Status: Compulsory
        This module deals with the legal and procedural complexities surrounding the three main areas of cyber crime. Mainly: computer?related offences computer integrity offences and internet crimes related to the distribution of illegal content. It examines substantive criminal law in England comparing it to other jurisdictions and states.
      • Module code: CJS4001
        Status: Compulsory
        The independent study provides an opportunity for students to study a topic of vocational relevance in greater depth and to demonstrate their ability to work within specified timescales. They can choose a subject which they have found of interest during the previous two years of study or which has direct relevance for their current or prospective employer.
      • Module code: LAW3017
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore sentencing procedure and aspects of imprisonment. Students will gain an understanding of how sentencing is conducted within the English Legal System and how this can be influenced by political financial and social factors. Various aspects of the prison system are analysed and students are encouraged to explore links between the sentencing framework and penal policy.
  • How will I be assessed?

    Our modules give you the opportunity to actively engage with your subject through seminar debates and discussions, group or individual presentations and project work. In all of these activities you are expected to use the full range of electronic and internet resources. Assessment methods vary from module to module, some modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework, some by coursework only.

  • If you have a pass in the FdA Offender Management, FdA Police and Criminal Justice Studies, FdA Policing or other similar foundation or higher national diploma (HND) then you will be eligible to apply for this course.

    If you are a serving or recently retired police officer and have evidence of operational experience that can be mapped against the content of the FdA Policing course, you are eligible to apply and will be assessed on an individual basis.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £13,900

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • Home/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £13,750
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

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Careers and Employability

Our aim is that, by the time you graduate, you will have developed a number of skills, which will increase your employability to any potential employer, whether in criminal justice or in a different area within the field. In particular, we aim to develop your writing, speaking and general presentational skills, your ability to use information technology and your ability to produce work of a high standard.