Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice

Full-time, HE
Level 4/5
Two years
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Duration: Two years

This course is subject to revalidation

This course will provide a clear progression route for Level 3 learners who have studied Criminology and related fields. The course is designed to widen access to this field by delivering a broad skills base including the development of work based skills, having completed a work placement within a related field e.g. Probation Services, Youth Offending and Drug and Alcohol Abuse teams. This is an ideal programme for learners who wish to study in a small, supported environment.

Updated October 2022

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Key information

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points

DD/EEE A Level

PPP National Extended Diploma

MP  National Diploma

Access to HE Diploma - pass


Course Delivery

Assessment is by assignment, presentations, case studies, examinations and research in a work based setting. The course includes placement modules.

Modules include:

Level 4:

  • Understanding Crime, Victims and Society
  • Understanding Criminal Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Mental Health and Well Being
  • Researching Crime and Criminal Justice 1

Level 5 (Year 2):

  • Research Methods and Stats
  • Contemporary Issues in Substance Misuse 
  • Criminal and Social Justice within the Community
  • Policing
  • Legal Systems and Sources

Progression Opportunities

You could progress to the University of South Wales to complete the third year and, therefore, the full degree.

Additional Information

How to apply?

You will need to apply via UCAS (UCAS code is LM3M)

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Accreditation of Prior Learning

Student may be able to gain recognition for previous learning.  Please contact for advice if you feel this may be relevant, further information is available here 

Fees for this course are £7,500 per year. Further information for Wales:

Receive a £1000 College bursary per year (subject to satisfactory progression)

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e:

  • travel to and from college, or placement
  • photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • printing and binding
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • £38 towards a DBS check for the work placement

*Please note that the tuition fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year and are subject to increase for future years of study. Please see the university’s website for further information.