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Course Overview

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice is a subject of inquiry that requires an inter-disciplinary approach to analysis. Essentially, this scrutiny involves understanding criminal behaviour and the societal/institutional responses to it. However, by engaging in this exploration you will soon realise that any serious intellectual investigation of this phenomena will lead you to considering far more then criminal behaviour itself. Dostoyevsky himself  stated “The degree of civilisation in a society is revealed by entering its prisons.”

Criminal Justice and Employment

Often employment is viewed as a consequence of a degree rather than an integral component in its design. To address this fault, employability is directly spoken to and scaffolded at all three levels of the programme. By directly incorporating employability it is hoped that this will culminate in students graduating with a clear pathway to employment, recognition that employability is a life-long process and a galvanised graduate identity.  Too many graduates still lack confidence upon graduation and it’s important that course design attempts to engage and support this in the same way it engages with the complexity inherent within academic debate.

What kind of graduate can I hope to become?

The key objective of the programme  is to produce students  who possess an academically rigorous degree earned within  a stimulating, relevant and rewarding field. The wider aspiration is the hope that the critical mind-set developed on the programme will lead to wider social reform, personal empowerment and satisfying employment in social and personal communities that historically struggle to accommodate change.

Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Awarding Body
University of Hull
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Course Fees
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Units and Structure


  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Representing Crime
  • Introduction to the English Legal System
  • Researching Criminal Justice 1
  • Academic and Professional Development


  • Debates in Criminal Justice
  • International Contexts of Criminal Law
  • Criminology and the Explanation of Crime
  • Researching Criminal Justice 2
  • Work Related Learning


  • Transnational Crime
  • Education into Employment
  • Penology
  • Policing and Crime Prevention
  • Researching Criminal Justice 3

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • 80 Ucas tariff points
  • Access to HE Diploma in a related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Student Comment

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I left school with no GCSE’s and no desire to enter further education. As I was a young parent my focus was on getting a job, any job. I became a barmaid. As my children grew up I began to want more from life. I wanted a change in my career and I wanted more for my family. I enrolled on a GCSE maths course and enjoyed being in education. After completing the maths course, I went on to complete GCSE English. This paved the way for me to enrol onto an access to H.E course.

I realised once on the access course that university was actually a possibility. I had never considered university as it was not something I ever thought I could achieve. No one in my family had ever gone into F.E or H.E.  Being accepted on a criminal justice degree was a really prominent turning point in my life. I enjoyed learning and had a thirst for knowledge. I no longer felt like I could not follow my aspirations. The course was fantastic and gave me numerous options of how I could develop professionally, personally and academically. After completing the degree I felt confident and well prepared to follow my desire to teach. I am currently embarking on a PGCE and also have ambitions to complete a master’s degree in the future.

Carmen Hancox First Class Graduate, 2017

Student Comment

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After much thought and a last minute change of mind, I decided to apply to a big university after completing my access course to begin studies towards a Law degree. Four weeks into the course I felt I had made the worse decision of my life. The cohort had over 290 people in it and I really felt completely lost, there was no support available for mature students, this was a really daunting experience. Being 10 years older than the other people on the course I felt overwhelmed and unable to fit in with the other students. I really did not know what to do, I sought advice from the big university’s student support services and they made me feel no better. There was absolutely no personal connection or relationship between students and the lecturers and tutors. Fortunately I made contact with the University Centre at Doncaster who spoke with the course lecturers Ben and Assum who invited me onto the Criminal Justice Degree; I have had to catch up on the weeks of work I missed but the amount of support they have offered has been so helpful. The cohort here is of around 30 people of all different ages and lifestyles. I feel much more comfortable here; there is that feeling of a more one to one support with your studies.

Ashlie Mason

Progression and Employment

You will undertake a work related learning module that will directly enhance and provide you with a working knowledge of the criminal justice  sector. This will provide a solid foundation for professional training in a variety of roles including social work, probation, the police force, youth justice, law and research. It also has direct relevance for graduates seeking entry into non-statutory bodies concerned with welfare rights, the care and resettlement of offenders, civil liberties and support services in the community.

The academic rigour and research element within this degree means that it also provides a firm foundation for postgraduate work. Many graduates pursue postgraduate study in the form of a MA in Criminology , a Law conversion course or a teaching qualification.


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Postgraduate Places

Successful graduates on this course will be offered an automatic place on either our Masters or PGCE programmes, subject to meeting the appropriate entry requirements and academic references

Industry Involvement

Previous engagement with employability has led to students working with a wide range of employers within the criminal justice system, Shelter, Catch 22, DMBC, Criminal Records Bureau, Victim Support and South Yorkshire Police among others. A symbiotic relationship has developed with graduating students, who upon graduation, have become employed within the sector and visited our students to ask for volunteers. This has resulted in visits from past graduates representing Restorative Justice Doncaster, Foundation Doncaster and the Youth Offending Service.

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We're proud to be able to offer Dual Career Accreditation via the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. This is a Sport England funded partnership between athletes, education institutions, and national governing bodies of sport.

The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • 80 Ucas tariff points
  • Access to HE Diploma in a related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course full-time, you need to do so via Ucas. To apply for it part-time, you need to fill in an application form.

Ucas Code: ML13

Provider Name: DN Colleges Group

Institution Code: N64

Campus Code: D

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