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

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level. We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements: https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/help/applying/entry-requirements/what-english-language-qualification-do-you-accept/

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.

Further Information top

The Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice team are busy making preparations and plans for the start of your programme in September 2020. Covid-19 has been an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone, but we have been developing an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face to face and online teaching where appropriate.

Our experience so far has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities, enabling our learners to develop additional skills relating to team working, resilience and time management, however, you will be supported throughout by the academic team.  Digital learning is new for many but has been utilised within the college through Microsoft Teams. 

We are busy identifying sessions which we can teach weekly on campus, alongside some sessions which may be delivered online using Microsoft Teams.  Online tutorials can also be arranged.

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Programme leader contacts:

Emma Douglas                  emma.douglas@stc.ac.uk            01914273562

Nicola McCluskey            nicola.mccluskey@stc.ac.uk        01914273562

This programme is offered by Tyne Coast College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

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