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

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): L312
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One-year full time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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If you enjoy helping others and want to make a difference in your local communities, a degree in Criminal Justice may be the right fit for you. The Criminal Justice field can offer dozens of rewarding job opportunities in areas like policing, victim advocacy, prison and probation services, rehabilitation, and investigative work.

Our BA Criminal Justice provides a personalised university experience that places small class sizes at the forefront of our teaching and learning philosophy. Our dedicated staff provide learners with the very best opportunities to succeed and progress into employment.

This course is designed to provide FdA Criminal Justice graduates the opportunity to top-up their academic qualification to the level of a BA honours degree.

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

Phil Rudkin

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Phil was a Police Officer for nearly 15 years with Leicestershire Police working in a variety of roles both front line and the training of new recruits in Law and…

Gary Markham

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Gary Markham

Martyn Magill


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. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has announced an exciting new partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, which will see its higher education (HE) provision delivered from the College’s main campus in Mansfield. Teaching will take place at the College’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:

  • Diner and Courtyard Café
  • Learning resource centre and Library
  • Social spaces
  • Sports hall
  • Student support services
  • Students' Union
  • 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.

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.

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.