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FdA

Criminal Justice

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Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): L311
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • 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 (year three) Or
- BA Professional Policing / BA Youth Justice level 5 (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

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.

Careers and employability

Your future career

With an FdA in Criminal Justice, study 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 industry and students can go straight into work after their foundation degree.

With an FdA in Criminal Justice you can start your career path towards roles such as Welfare Rights Advisor, Prison Officer and Police Officer.

Excellent placement opportunities

The course includes a placement alongside your studies. You can develop your skills and experience in a working environment which is highly valued by future employers.

Students could undertake placement opportunities in areas such as policing, youth justice agencies, charities and local youth groups in the Mansfield area and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Why undertake a placement?

  • You will gain vital experience in a vocational position.
  • It will boost your CV and build useful contacts for your future career.
  • There are some exciting and challenging opportunities available

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.

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.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

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.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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