Criminology and Criminal Justice (Level 6)* (BSc Hons)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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.

The course is designed for students who already have a Foundation Degree, HND or other qualification in a subject such as criminology, uniformed public services or criminal justice, and who want to follow a programme of study that takes specialist knowledge and skills to a level relevant for a graduate career in this area. (For those interested in a course offering a broader curriculum, the BSc Applied Social Sciences (Level 6) is also available.)

All students will follow a programme of study designed to develop your critical thinking and research skills, and you will complete an applied research project on a topic of your choice. You will also select four option modules from a list that is likely to cover topics in policing, restorative justice, homicide, sexual violence, prisons and rehabilitation, and forensic crime scene investigation. You will be supported by a personal tutor who will guide you through the programme and help you plan your next steps after graduation.


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Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Global and Organised Crime' to 'Restorative Justice'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

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

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 1 year level 6 top-upL311


Graduate opportunities include roles in the police service, prisons, probation and border control; victim support organisations; intelligence analysis; public authorities.

Our partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the associated mentoring scheme have been shortlisted as finalists for excellence in career and employability service engagement (Target Jobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2020 -

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Industry links

You will 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.

Our professional links include the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Restorative Gloucestershire and a range of third sector organisations working in the criminal justice sector. We often invite guest lecturers to talk about the work of their organisations, giving you a chance to consider career options.

Jane Monckton-Smith

Staff Profile

Jane Monckton-Smith

A former police officer, Dr Monckton-Smith is a senior lecturer in Criminology. She chairs Domestic and Homicide and Mental Health Reviews and Inquiries, advises police at a local and national level, and works with stalking and homicide charities. She also works with people bereaved by homicide who may need help with police and criminal justice processes. As well as regularly speaking in the media and in public, she has written a number of books on subjects including sexual assault and murder, and forensic investigation.

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Top up your existing qualification to a full honours degree

You’ll deepen your subject expertise and develop the skills of research and critical thinking expected of a graduate, so that you can compete well in the job market for graduate careers.

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Benefit from a course designed around your needs

While it is possible to ‘top up’ by joining other courses, this programme has been designed specifically for students joining at Level 6 having completed a Level 5 qualification elsewhere. Other students on the course will be in the same situation and we will support you in your transition to this university so that you can achieve to your full potential.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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