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Criminology and Criminal Justice (Level 6)

BSc (Hons)

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What is Criminology and Criminal Justice (Level 6) BSc (Hons)?

You’ll top up your existing qualification to a full honours degree while advancing your knowledge and skills in criminology and contemporary criminal justice issues.

The course is designed for students who already have a Foundation Degree, HND or other qualification in subjects like criminology, uniformed public services or criminal justice – and who want to gain specialist knowledge and skills to graduate level.

Study style

You’ll follow a programme of study designed to develop your critical thinking and research skills, as well as completing an applied research project on a topic of your choice.

You’ll also select four option modules from a list that’s likely to cover topics in policing, restorative justice, homicide, sexual violence, prisons and rehabilitation, and forensic crime scene investigation.

Your Personal Tutor will guide you through the programme and help you plan your next steps after graduation.

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Entry requirements

    • Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L311 £9,250 £14,700
Oct 2021 David Game College, London L311 £9,250 £14,700
Feb 2022 David Game College, London L311 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L311

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • the police service
  • prisons, probation and border control
  • victim support organisations
  • intelligence analysis
  • public authorities.

Industry links

You’ll deepen your subject expertise and develop the skills of research and critical thinking expected of a graduate – helping you to compete in the graduate job market.

You’ll benefit from our professional links with a wide range of partners in the criminal justice system – and from lecturers experienced in working with the police, victims’ organisations, and prisons. We often invite guest lecturers to talk about the work of their organisations, giving you a chance to consider career options – and our professional links include:

  • the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire
  • Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • Restorative Gloucestershire
  • a range of third sector organisations working in the criminal justice sector.

Study a highly-ranked course

Our criminology courses are in the UK top 20, rank 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction and 7th for graduate prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Students on Criminology and Psychology course talking to police officer in Cheltenham

A course designed around your needs

While you can ‘top up’ on other courses, this one is designed specifically for students joining at Level 6, after completed a Level 5 qualification elsewhere.

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