Overview top

The Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice provides students with the skills and capabilities utilised within the criminal justice sector and provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the British criminal justice system. It is a two year programme delivered at South Tyneside College over one day per week.

The criminal justice sector includes a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as 'community justice' (i.e. youth justice, voluntary and charitable associations). If you already work in the criminal justice sector, the course allows you to deepen your understanding and apply your learning to relevant situations. If you wish to start a career in the sector, you will gain knowledge, understanding, and some practical skills to aid potential employment.

Level 4 (year 1) modules include:

  • Introduction to Criminology

  • Social Problems

  • Equality, Diversity, Ethics and Rights

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice

  • Applied Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences

  • Law and Procedure

Level 5 (year 2) modules include:

  • Theoretical Issues in Criminology

  • Offender Management in Criminal Justice

  • Policing: Past, Present and Future

  • Applied Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

  • Work Based Learning: Multi-agency working

  • Impact of Crime

Each module is worth 20 credits

Entry Requirements top

From September 2017 entry GCSE Grade 5 in English and maths (or equivalent).

Plus one of the following:

A minimum of one 6 unit award (for example, A Level) with 48 UCAS points

A recognised Foundation or Access Programme (Access to HE courses are available at South Tyneside College)

The full International or European Baccalaureate

Other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the university

Assessment top

A variety of assessment methods will be used with the programme, these will include assignments in the forms of essays, presentations and case studies.

Professional Opportunities top

If you successfully complete the course the University provides an opportunity for graduates to apply for a place on the final year of the BSc (Hons) Degree in Criminology or BSc (Hons) Degree in Sociology and Criminology.

A successful Foundation Degree graduate could also use their qualification to apply for a variety of relevant professional and academic courses.

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.