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Criminology and Criminal Justice - Foundation Degree*


Society has always had a fascination with crime and those who commit it. If you think your interest in this deeply engaging area of study could potentially lead to a satisfying and well-paid career in the crime and criminal justice system then this foundation degree will set you on the right path. The programme aims to develop your understanding of: those who commit crime, the causes and preventions of crime and the impact of crime on individuals and communities.

A degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice will enable you develop knowledge and understanding of the changing nature and extent of the crime ‘problem’ and the agencies involved in the frontline management and control of crime. Depending on your choice of career pathway, the Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is designed to prepare you for postgraduate life, whether as a practitioner in the criminal justice field, an academic researcher or criminal justice policy maker.

The programme:

  • will support you to engage with theoretical principles and critically evaluate both your own and others research, whilst also gaining strong practical skills to enable you to seek employment in the criminal justice field.
  • is enriched by work experience, and preparatory practical experiences to fully equip you for industry or for further study and research.
  • will prepare you for a range of employment opportunities in the criminal justice field, such as the police, probation, prison service, social work, teaching, youth justice, and the Crown Prosecution Service.
  • will also be supported and enriched throughout by a range of activities and events designed to give you valuable insight into how criminal justice agencies work and the roles and responsibilities of those working in the criminal justice system.
  • will introduce you to visiting guest speakers from relevant industries, and trips to criminology and criminal justice conferences.
  • will develop your employability skills and attributes by requiring you to complete a work placement in a professional setting.
  • Course code TH1HE205
  • UCAS code M211
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Day/s of week Monday and Tuesday
  • Time 09:30 - 15:30

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
2 Years

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Progression and employability are pillars of this programme, as evidenced by the wide variety of graduate employment gained by alumni within criminal justice agencies and related areas. 

Graduates now work in roles spanning teaching and research and in a range of formal and informal agencies across public, private and voluntary sectors in the criminal justice field - such as:

  • Central and local government
  • The Police Service
  • The Prison Service
  • Law practices
  • The Home Office
  • The National Criminal Intelligence Service
  • Welfare charities.

Popular job roles include:

  • Case Review Manager
  • Court Clerk
  • Community Worker
  • Immigration Officer
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Youth and Community Worker

Graduates are also prepared for work in a range of social welfare and social care posts such as:

  • Social Worker
  • Housing Officer
  • Victim Support
  • Drug Rehabilitation


Next steps at B&FC

Having developed a sound knowledge of theory and practice in Criminology and Criminal Justice you will be ready for employment - or B&FC's Criminology & Criminal Justice - BA Hons Degree Topup programme to continue your studies.

Key information

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

  • CCD from A Levels including criminology, sociology, psychology, law, forensic psychology or public services
  • MMP from Extended Diploma or DM from Diploma in appropriate discipline
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma in related discipline

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Qualification obtained

FdA Criminology and Criminal Justice

Fees and funding

Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course.

Extra costs and equipment

Resources required to study on the programme are largely provided by the College. There are small costs associated with printing of work and posters over the duration of the course. You are encouraged to bring your own lap-top device to lectures, seminars and workshops, but access to computer facilities is provided by the college. A one-day conference trip to a venue in the region, including conference fee and transport, typically costs around £60/student, although this will be partially funded by the college and is also subject to discount rates offered by conference organisers for group visits.

As part of the programme, you are strongly recommended to attend external events, aimed at developing your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of course material, develop practical skills and embed theoretical concepts. There will also be the opportunity to attend criminology and criminal justice conferences involving criminal justice practitioners, policy-makers and academic researchers. Costs may be incurred to cover transport, accommodation and food. Travel for local trips is paid for by the college. Though most of the course material is available online, there may be additional costs to consider, such as printing and photocopying of course material, though students will be given a photocopying allowance to cover this.

You are encouraged to purchase an introductory textbook in Criminology, in support of your studies.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

All students will be required to undertake a work placement in the area of criminal justice. Work Based learning supports the development of higher level learning, where the learning in College can be applied to a work environment.

You are encouraged and supported to find work placements and projects throughout the programme, with the work-based learning assessment embedded in the second year.

For the work-based research project, you will undertake vocationally driven research which will in turn be used to generate a final written research report.

You will create a presentation of your work as part of an academic poster event at the college, with the further possibility of participating and presenting at conference events attended by academic researchers and industry representatives.

The work research project learning activities will allow you to demonstrate your employability skills and attributes, in a professional and supportive environment, and enable you to demonstrate your ability to research and discuss an area of your own particular interest.

  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Introduction to Criminological Theory TH4MD293 20 No
    Forensic Psychology Crime Offenders Policing TH4MD294 20 No
    Alternative Responses to Imprisonment TH4MD295 20 No
    Crime and Society TH4MD296 20 No
    Multi Agency Working Criminal Justice System TH4MD297 20 No
    Becoming a Criminologist TH4MD341 20 No
    Introduction to Criminological Theory TH4MD342 20 No
    Psychology of Crime TH4MD343 20 No
    Imprisonment and Rehabilitation TH4MD344 20 No
    Introduction to Criminal Justice TH4MD345 20 No
    Criminology in Action TH4MD346 20 No
  • Modules at level 5

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Work Experience Criminology into Practice TH5MD357 20 No
    Critical Criminological Theory Social Divisions and Social Justice TH5MD358 20 No
    Researching Crime and Justice TH5MD359 20 No
    Psychology in the Criminal Justice System TH5MD360 20 No
    Crime Media Culture and the City TH5MD361 20 No
    Criminology and International Human Rights TH5MD362 20 No

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

How will I learn?

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Learning Methods

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6
Scheduled 546 288 0
Independent 1654 882 0
Placement 0 30 0
Total 2200 1200 0

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 91% 84% 0%
Exam 4% 0% 0%
Practical 0% 0% 0%