Criminology and Criminal Justice

Delivered at Accrington and Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2021
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost £7725.00

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This programme has been designed for those people already working in the criminal justice sector who wish to upskill and enhance their knowledge, as well as for those people who wish to gain an insight into the nature of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system in order to pursue a career in the varied roles within the criminal justice sector. These include roles as a Probation Officer, Prison Officer or Youth Justice Worker.

The programme is available on a full-time basis over two years or a part-time basis over four years. Students will attend one day/evening per week for the full-time route and will undertake a placement of 120 hours per academic year alongside their academic studies, where they are not already in relevant employment.

Part-time: Either one day or one evening per week for four years.

This programme is in partnership with the University of Cumbria.

What will I learn

Modules in the programme will normally include:

Level 4
• Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
• Principles of Criminology
• Psychology and Crime
• Sentencing and Punishment
• Preparing to Work within the Criminal Justice Sector
• Representations of Crime

Level 5
• Victimology
• Alternative Responses to Crime
• Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
• Youth Justice
• Work Based Learning
• Research in the Criminal Justice Sector

How will the courses be assessed?

A range of assessments are used within the programme, including portfolios, case studies, reflections and presentations. There is one examination in Level 5, which makes up 17% of the assessment of this level.


Having successfully completed this programme students will have the opportunity to progress to a BA (Hons) top-up at the University of Cumbria.

With further study and ongoing professional development, students may wish to pursue careers in the police, prison service or probation service. Students may undertake employment in a variety of roles within the criminal justice sector such as within youth justice teams, victim support, family support services, rehabilitation services, central and local government agencies, charities working with offenders and victims of crime.

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