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Criminology and Criminal Justice FdA

Criminology and Criminal Justice FdA

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code: O10

UCAS code:LL31

Duration:2 years full time / 3 years part time

Course type:Full Time / Part Time

Fees per year full time:£7500 Full time/ Part time - please contact HE Admissions Team

Additional costs per year:Trips may incur some cost

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials


FdA Criminology and Criminal Justice validated by University of Central Lancashire

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Criminology is the study of crime. Here at UCO we give you the tools to understand and offer ways of addressing crime in our society.

Studying the FdA in criminology and criminal justice is a great way to start a journey towards employment in the Criminal justice system, social work or relevant charitable organisations. It will enable you to develop your critical, analytical and interpretive skills in order to forge a deeper criminological understanding of the world around you. This course can be followed by the 1 year, Top-up BA (Hons) degree where you can apply your learning from the FdA in developing and undertaking a dissertation project of your choosing.

Studying this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of a complex range of sociological, psychological and biological perspectives which influence people to commit crime.Critically analyse and challenge these perspectives in order to better understand the influences and harms within society.

Course Content - Year 1

Crime and Society (20 credits)

The module is divided into four distinct sections:

A critical examination of what crime is and who are conventionally viewed as criminals.

A critical exploration of criminological concerns that challenge the notions of conventional constructions of crime, victimisation and crime problems, raising issues of harms throughout society that may not be routinely recognised as crimes. Examples that may be used include state crime, genocide, security, cybercrime, the family as a site of harm, ‘honour’ crimes and trafficking of vulnerable persons.

A critical and sensitive examination of patterns of social division within crime, criminality and victimisation, which address issues such as: class, ‘race’ and ethnicity; gender, ability, religion, sexuality and age. Emphasising the social, structural and cultural aspects of patterns of crime, victimisation and criminality.

Encouraging students to start reflecting on how developing knowledge, key transferable skills and attributes apply to future learning, employability, career planning and progression in the academic and employment arena. The module also integrates study skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) on assignment preparation, reading/ writing and referencing skills, revision guidance for examination preparation and generic assignment feedback.

Introduction to Criminal Process and Procedure (20 credits)

The module introduces students to the nature, aims, values and principles that underpin criminal justice in England and Wales. Particular focus is on the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE 1984). Indicative content includes Police discretion, stop and search, police decisions, the CPS, trial processes and supporting victims and witnesses.

Substance Misuse and Crime (20 credits) 

The module will highlight the physical and psychological effects of legal and illegal drugs including exploring trends in substance misuse, drug classifications and categories. The module will further explore links between drugs and crime including the relationship between substance misuse and prostitution as strategies used by prisons and law enforcement agencies to control substance misuse, cultivation and supply.

Key Thinkers in Criminology (20 credits)

The indicative content of this module is divided into four overlapping sections: The birth of criminology, the sociological turn, the seeds of discontent and the transformers of dominate thinking

Crime and Morality (20 credits) 

This module is designed to introduce students to the wider historical and theoretical context in which enquiry about crime is located. The module examines a number of political, moral and legal concepts such as obligation to obey the law, disobedience, criminalisation, policing, human rights and justifications of punishment.

Criminal Extremism (20 Credits)

The module is intended to introduce issues that concern definitions of criminal ‘extremism’ and relevant causal factors that are associated with it. Extensive ‘extremist’ typologies are also included within this module.

Course Content - Year 2

Critical Thinkers in Criminology (20 credits)

This module is delivered in three parts. The first will consider the importance of intersectionalist and labelling approaches to the study of deviance and social control. The second part examines the works of Marx, Gramsci, Poulantzas, Stuart Hall and the New Criminology. The third part engages with the critical work that emerges in the work of thinkers such as Foucault and Cohen and the impact of feminist theory on both criminology and criminal justice practices more broadly.

Understanding Policing (20 credits)

This module is split into three elements:

An analysis of the history and development of the police from 1800-1945: An examination of the role, operation, accountability and reasons for the foundation of the modern police force.

An analysis of issues and developments in the police from 1945: Examining the myths surrounding the ‘golden age of policing’, the end of the post war consensus and the move towards more coercive policing.

An examination and analysis of key issues in policing and policing powers, including accountability, discretion and the increase in police powers. This will include discussion of the implications of PACE (1984), The Criminal Justice Act (1991), Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994) and the Crime and Disorder Act (1998).

Serial Murder (20 credits)

This module explores the causal factors and criminological perspectives that relate to serial murder. Students will look at defining serial murder, highlighting the differences between serial murder, mass murder and spree killings. Students will also explore the social construction and media portrayals of serial murder, consider the theoretical perspectives and consider if serial murderers are born to kill?

Doing Social Research (20 credits)

This module will introduce students to the key methods in social research. Students will learn how to plan and design a project, explore quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies, learn how to analyse data, will consider research issues such as ethics and researching gender, ethnicity, childhood and social class.

Controversial Issues in Prisons (20 credits) 

This module is split into two parts. Part one will consider the theoretical context of imprisonment focusing on the constructions of penal truths, the meaning of a penal controversy and definitions of penal legitimacy. Part two will consider specific controversial issues which may include drug taking; self-harm, self-inflicted deaths and other controversial deaths in prisons; mental health problems; experiences of women and, children and families of prisoners; racism; people who sexually offend and treatment programmes; rape, bullying and sexual violence in prisons in England and Wales.

Criminal Law (20 credits)

This module will build on Introduction to Criminal Process and Procedure and explore general principles that relate to criminal law; including burdens and standards of proof. The law on specific offences will be examined (including homicide, non-fatal offences against the person and theft). Students will also explore criminal law defences.

Placements and Work Experience

The course will include trips and employer engagement and guest lectures, voluntary work will be encouraged and voluntary opportunities provided with the likes of the probation service, rehabilitation charities, victim support organisations and positive steps.

What careers can the course lead to?

Graduates may wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice -Top up.

Graduates can pursue careers in areas such as the police, the probation service, prisons and branches of the Home Office such as the Border Agency and the Criminal Justice Social Work. Students might also consider community development work, youth offending teams, educational institutions and adult guidance work with ex-offenders. Paid employment in the voluntary sector is an increasingly important area with positions in victim support and women’s refuges.

Teaching and Assessment methods

The course is delivered using a range of contemporary methods including ‘traditional’ lectures, interactive lectures, workshops, seminars, debates, Virtual learning and self-directed study.

The course is assessed using a range of methods including essays, examinations, presentations, reports, reflections, research projects.

Facilities particular to the course

The course is delivered at the UCO campus and benefits from small class sizes. Students will have access to the mock court room at UCLAN.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in applying to the FdA Criminology and Criminal Justice must have:

80 UCAS points.

BTEC National Diploma at pass level in an appropriate subject. Non-standard applications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are considered on an individual basis and applicants may be interviewed.

Students where English is not the first language need to demonstrate their ability in the English language through obtaining an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or equivalent.

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