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Criminal Justice BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: C816

Study this criminal justice degree to develop an understanding of the criminal justice system and the treatment and management of offenders. Explore the factors that contribute to offending and examine our responses to this type of behaviour. Gain practical skills to understand, treat and manage people in the criminal justice system in this multi-disciplinary degree.


Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Policing and Criminal Justice
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminal Justice
Students talking in Law & Psychology building.

Why do people offend? What is the appropriate response to this type of behaviour? How can offending be managed, reduced or prevented? This degree answers these questions by critically exploring offending behaviour and criminal justice practice, policy and theory.

We’ve designed this criminal justice degree to develop your skills and understanding, preparing you for careers in the criminal justice sector. You could see these roles in a real-world context during work experience in Year 2.

Explore how children and young people are treated within the youth justice system. Unravel the mysteries of complex offending, like working with mentally disordered offenders or those with addictions who offend. Study the management of offenders and concepts such as risk and dangerousness.

You will gain criminological and psychological understanding of the causes and consequences of offending behaviour. You will have the opportunity to look at crime at a local, national and global level, from low level anti-social behaviours through to crimes against humanity.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

You will be introduced to the criminal justice process and the wellbeing needs of offenders, with special focus on the care, treatment and management of mentally disordered offenders and offenders with addictions. You’ll be introduced to the place of criminology in the modern world and will develop critical thinking and analysis skills that will be essential in your career.

Compulsory modules:

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Addictions and Offending
Criminology and the Modern World
Critical Thinking and Analysis
Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
Mental Health and Offending

One of:

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Histories of Crime, Policing and Punishment
Cyber Security Fundamentals and Ethics
Public Protection, Vulnerability and Risk 1
Language 1

You will build on the issues studied in Year 1 and develop your understanding of the treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders. You will also explore specific issues faced by women and girls who offend. In Year 2 you will develop your research skills and have the opportunity to gain hands-on practical work experience in an area of your choice.

Compulsory modules:

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Doing Criminological Research
Rehabilitation and Treatment of Offenders
Women, Girls and Offending
Work Experience Module
Youth Justice

One of:

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Crime, Media and Criminology
Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice
Generating Reputations
‘Race’, Crime and Criminology
Violence and Society
Language 2

In Year 3 you will reinforce your existing knowledge and critical analysis skills. You’ll dig deeper into the psychological, political and criminological perspectives of crime and imprisonment. You’ll also put your research skills to good use by designing and completing a research dissertation.


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Psychological Explanations of Crime
The Politics of Imprisonment
The Politics of Policing
Criminal Justice Dissertation

Two of:

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Counter Terrorism
Crimes of the Powerful 1
Crimes of the Powerful 2
Crime and Place
Criminology and Philosophy
Cyber Risk and Incident Management
Justice, Rights and the State
Expanding the Criminological Imagination
Language 3

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to carry out research through fieldwork and a dissertation. The practical work experience in Year 2 provides a unique and stimulating opportunity for experiential learning which will enhance your employability and career prospects.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

A range of assessment methods will be used throughout the programme including written coursework, presentations, examinations, case studies, reflective assignments and personal research.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by tutors whose research and teaching have a well-established national and international reputation, for instance, in areas of youth justice, sex offending, cybercrime offending behaviour’s risk and protective factors and restorative justice.

We are committed to focused teaching where tutors concentrate primarily on areas of specialism. You will benefit from studying in the highly committed and research-active School of Law and Criminal Justice.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2024 part-time.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

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The £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the School of Law and Criminal Justice and the Department of Psychology.Law and Psychology building

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

Where you'll study

Law and Psychology


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


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UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

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EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional maintenance loan funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students, together with details of how to apply for potential funding.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll graduate with a comprehensive understanding of offending behaviour and criminal justice practice, policy and theory. This degree is ideal for those interested in following a career in criminal justice, including in prisons, youth justice and probation sectors.

Our graduates also have the skills and know-how to transfer to related fields like journalism, criminal policy, security and cyber security.

After completing our BSc (Hons) Criminal Justice, you’ll be well-placed to apply for meaningful roles such as:

• Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP)

• Prison Officer

• Youth Offending Service Case Manager

• Community Payback Supervisor

• Modern Slavery Caseworker Assistant

• Residential Childcare Worker

• Query Management and Case Administrator, HM Courts and Tribunal Service

Graduates from this programme may also continue their studies on postgraduate courses. Some also pursue professional qualifications in social work, probation, or teacher training to build the career of their dreams.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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