The Course

This is a vocational programme, which develops a range of practical and knowledge-based skills related to the Criminal Justice Sector.

The programme examines traditional and contemporary thinking about the causes and effects of crime, how it impacts individuals and society.

You will be encouraged to challenge strategies to explore crime whilst developing an up to date critical approach to current issues in the criminal justice sector.

Through this programme you will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in the sector increasing your employability and skills.

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  • What You Study

    Contemporary Issues in Criminology: As a fluid module this topic is broad and written in a way whereby current topics can be embedded. It also discusses areas of criminology such as environmental issues, wildlife crime, piracy and globalisation. Geographical crime will be a key aspect in the presented topics.

    Cybercrime: An old crime with a new tool: What are the crimes that sit under this heading? Whilst new crimes are beginning to appear specifically linked to cybercrime, these crimes existed in a different format. Is trolling the same as stalking with a device? Is putting a derogatory comment on Twitter similar to that of a public order offence? As the internet currently has 3.9 billion internet users (2018), how do we police this? These are some of the questions asked in this module.

    Homicide: Violence and crime: As violent crime continues to grow globally, this module discusses the recording of violent crime and the influences of said crimes. How violent crime is investigated will be debated both UK and globally. The stereotypical observations of the male being the culprit and the woman being the victim will be discussed in this module.

    Prison, Recidivism and Rehabilitation: “Does prison work?” was a question asked by theorists. When we consider figures of re-offending one would suggest prison does not work. Processes and support will be addressed in this module, considering alternate approaches and comparing international processes.

    Dissertation: A chance for you to choose the area which interests you, or choose the career path and research a specific area within that. This module will run with support as an independent study.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification.
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
    • If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, debates and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). A part-time option is also available.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. 

  • Work Experience

    Work experience is not an integral part of the programme but our students occasionally continue to attend work experience as this is invaluable to CVs and career direction.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminar sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centered approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

    Teaching will take place on the Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire, UK.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes reports and case studies, written assignments, portfolios, research, poster event and group or individual presentations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.   

  • Progression

    Graduates have the potential to complete further higher study (i.e. Masters or PhD) in a range of subjects, including social work.

  • Careers

    The whole programme is designed with the Criminal Justice Sector and gives employment opportunities throughout the sector. Our students have gain employment as Police Constables, Prison Officers and Probation Officers. Current students are volunteering as Police Specials.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    There may be additional costs for DBS if students are seeking additional experience within relevant sectors, this cost would be at the expense of the student (cost ranges from £23 to £40 dependent on the level of check completed).

    Any educational visits / trips and enrichment activities will be additional to the course fees, students will be made aware of these optional visits and associated costs as required.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.

  • How To Apply

    Application for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code LL4M, and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guide to find out more about the BA (Hons) Contemporary Criminology (Top Up).

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