Criminology and Criminal Justice BA (Hons) (Top Up)

Location University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code M930
Code SS3501A16
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Study Mode Full Time
Start Dates: august 2023
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This Criminology and Criminal Justice BA (Hons) (Top Up) course enables you to turn your foundation degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University at Blackburn College into a full BA (Hons) qualification, should you wish to progress on to a higher level of study.  

The course will prepare you with the tools to critically analyse criminological ideas and criminal justice concerns as an ethical, professional practitioner in the justice sector whilst developing your critical engagement with key debates and theories. 

What will I study?

At Level 6 you will build on the core knowledge, professional practice and research skills modules that you have completed at Levels 4 and 5. The teaching, learning and assessment will develop and deepen your critical thinking and analysis of key concepts within criminology and criminal justice. 

Through the Research Report and Applied Research Report, you will have the opportunity to further develop your research interests, and most importantly, the significance of your research to improving criminal justice.  


All students take a total of 120 credits per level.  

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include: 

  • Research Project 
  • Applied Research Report 
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 
  • Power, Harm and Control 
  • Youth Offending Development and Desistance 
  • Justice on Trial 

Entry Requirements

In order to join this BA (Hons) programme, you will need to have successfully completed the Lancaster University Foundation Degree (Arts) in Criminology and Criminal and Criminal Justice at University Centre Blackburn College.  

Students that hold the Lancaster University Foundation Degree (Arts) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from an older validation (before the 2021-2022 academic year) wishing to undertake the top in programme will have to go through the process of having their transcripts reviews for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).  

Care Leavers or Young Carers

We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.

See our General Entry Requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be undertaken through a range of established methodologies at various stages throughout the student learning experience. This incorporates standard practices through initial, diagnostic, formative and summative stages. Examples of assessment activity includes: 

  • Essays
  • Critical Reflections
  • Case Study Exercises 
  • Research outputs 
  • Seminars 
  • Examinations 
  • Reports 
  • Group presentations 
  • In class assessments 
  • Self-assessment and peer to peer assessment 
  • Group assessment 

What can I do next?

After successful completion of the BA (Hons), graduates in Criminology have gone on to specialise within: 

  • Youth Justice Workers 
  • Restorative Justice Workers 
  • Community Rehabilitation 
  • Community Safety Officers 
  • Counselling & Mediation Officers 
  • Housing 
  • Community Cohesion  
  • Homelessness  
  • Antisocial behavioural Officers 
  • Special Constables 

Our graduates have also entered into careers in the more traditional aspects of criminal justice, such as: 

  • The Probation Service 
  • The Police 
  • The Prison Service 

Post graduate programmes in relevant or related subject area such as: 

  • MA/MSc/MRes 
  • Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) 
  • PGCE