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Criminal Justice (Top-up) - Mansfield BA (Hons)

Start date

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): L312
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: One-year full time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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Information for 2024


The Criminal Justice (Top-up) course is designed for you if you are an FdA Criminal Justice graduate and want to top up your qualification to BA honours degree level.

The BA (Hons) Criminal Justice degree will open up a diverse range of career options in the Criminal Justice sector, allowing you to make a real difference to the lives of others in the community.

Taught at NTU in Mansfield, you’ll cover a range of sociological, political, legal and cultural approaches to the study of criminal justice. With a focus on real-world learning, you’ll explore current issues at a local, national and international level.

Whether you're planning a future in policing, victim advocacy, prison and probation services, rehabilitation or investigative work, with this qualification you’ll gain the knowledge and transferable skills you need to progress.

  • Small class sizes mean that you’ll be part of a close-knit community. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for discussion, collaboration and support.
  • Benefit from employability events and guest speakers preparing you for further study or employment within the Criminal Justice System.
  • On completing this foundation degree you’ll be well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the Criminal Justice industry and can go straight into work.
  • NTU in Mansfield is your alternative route into higher education. We've built this qualification with the local job market in mind. Each of our higher education courses is relevant, hands-on and work-focused.

What you’ll study

This course provides a multi-disciplinary approach – drawing on a range of approaches to the study of Criminal Justice – while incorporating a focus on contemporary issues with local, national and international perspectives.


Critically analyse the theoretical perspectives of Victimology and assess the procedural efforts made to engage victims with the Criminal Justice process.

Probation, Offending Behaviour and Rehabilitation

Explore the differential impact of crime and consider the structural and cultural factors that impact on life chances and the experiences of individuals

Miscarriages of Justice

Critically analyse the effectiveness of the relevant law and procedures regarding criminal investigation and prosecution

Research Project

Bring together the various skills you have developed during the FdA Criminal Justice course, along with elements of the level 6 top up as well as your research method skills.

  • Identify a Criminal Justice related topic of focus and then design, research and present a substantive independent research project on this issue.
  • Draw selectively and critically upon a body of knowledge and information and develop new insights, ideas and perspectives on contemporary Criminal Justice practice.
  • Offer a critical insight into a range of appropriate literature in order to present new insights and conclusions on a chosen Criminal Justice issue
  • Critically evaluate ethical principles and values regarding the collection and analysis of crime-related research.

How you’re taught

Teaching learning and assessment will be varied, appealing to a diverse range of learners, in the form of collaborative learning during seminars, workshops, debates, mentoring and small group tutoring.

You will develop essential transferable skills such as effective communication skills; analysing information; problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. You will have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge through a variety of activities including classroom based, workshops and independent research.

Assessments throughout the year will comprise presentations and summative written assignments including essays, a poster and an independent research project.

The course will be delivered one full day each week to support learning with responsibilities outside of university.

Staff Profiles

Silvia Lopez Quijada - Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Silvia Lopez Quijada is a lecturer on NTU's BA Criminal Justice (Top Up) and FdA Criminal Justice.

Mr Gary Markham - Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Gary Markham

Martyn Magill - Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Careers and employability

Your future career

After completing your FdA in Criminal Justice, study this course for an extra year and you’ll get your BA (Hons) Criminal Justice at NTU.

Graduates from this course are well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the Criminal Justice System and students can go straight into work after completion their degree.

With a BA in Criminal Justice, you can start your career path towards roles such as:

  • Youth Justice Worker
  • Youth Support Services
  • Probation work
  • Prison work
  • Private Security work
  • Police roles.

Criminal Justice related employability events

During the year, structured employability events and guest speakers (in accordance with the level 6 modules) will engage with you to prepare you for either further study or wider employment within the Criminal Justice System.

Careers Team

At NTU in Mansfield, our award-winning Employability team is here to inspire and enhance your career planning, whichever path you choose. Whether you wish to go on to further study or to look for job opportunities, we can guide you to be a successful candidate.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere. Teaching will take place at the University Hub's £6.5 million University Centre, which opened in 2016 and which is equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Facilities include:

  • On-site Café
  • Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Library
  • Social spaces
  • Student support services
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Completion of the FdA Criminal Justice degree at NTU or similar course in Criminal Justice.

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Keeping up to date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.