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FdA

Criminal Justice

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  • UCAS code(s): L311
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: NTU at Mansfield
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Two years full-time
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FdA Criminal Justice
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What you'll study

Taught in Mansfield, this course provides a multi-disciplinary approach – drawing on sociological, political, legal and cultural approaches to the study of the criminal justice sector – enabling students to develop a range of relevant and appropriate transferable skills in preparation for employment. The course is focused on current issues with local, national and international perspectives, and is firmly rooted in practice with real world learning.

On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to degree level study in Criminal Justice level 6, BA Professional Policing or BA Youth Justice (year two).

  • Year One

    There are six modules in year one each worth 20 credits

    • Criminology, Crime & Crime prevention
    • Preparing for Professional Practice
    • Child and Adolescent Development
    • Rights, Ethics and Safeguarding
    • The Criminal Justice Sector & the role of the police
    • Evolution of the Youth Justice System
  • Year Two

    There are six modules in year two each worth 20 credits

    • Crime & Social Inclusion
    • Skills Development for Professional Practice
    • Crime investigation
    • Police Powers and the Law
    • Penology, the secure estate and probation work
    • Interventions and offender management

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Teaching learning and assessment will be varied, appealing to a diverse range of learners, and make use of technology in the form of electronic portfolios, blogs, and simulation suites.

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

You will also undertake valuable work experience in both years of study and plan for your own personal career development including a minimum 30 hours/1-week shadowing or work placement opportunity at Level 4 in pursuance of youth / community project. Plus 150 hours minimum at Level 5 - paid or voluntary work placement with police / youth sector.

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Other requirements:

You may also need to complete:

  • an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory placement suitability check.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

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

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

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.

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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

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418