|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
|Start Dates:||september 2019|
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This Criminology (Top Up) BA (Hons) course enables you to turn your foundation degree in Criminology from University Centre at Blackburn College into a full BA (Hons) qualification should you wish to progress on to higher level study. The study of crime requires a multi-disciplinary approach and therefore law, forensics, psychology and sociology are all important subjects on the course. As the course leads to a BA (Hons) there is an emphasis on evaluating potential causes of crime and its subsequent treatment by the criminal justice system.
You will complete a dissertation during the course and have the option to specialise in a choice of subjects. This Lancaster University validated honours degree seeks to develop the skills and knowledge acquired from the FdA Criminology & Criminal Justice. The course is a one year programme that seeks to enhance the career prospects of people in the five strands of the Justice Sector: Policing and Law Enforcement, Community Justice, Prosecutions and Custodial Care.
- What will I study?
The study of crime requires a multi-disciplinary approach and therefore law, forensics, psychology and sociology are all important subjects on the course. As the course leads to a BA (Hons) there is an emphasis on evaluating potential causes of crime and its subsequent treatment by the criminal justice system. The course seeks to develop analytical skills by providing modules that are taught interactively and use a variety of methods such as e-learning and Open Educational Resources. The use of employers and practitioners in delivering the curriculum ensures that the learning is current and relevant to a person seeking to work, or develop in their work in the justice system. The course's close relationship with a range of organisations provides numerous opportunities for action research in the community. The experienced and highly qualified lecturers have a proven track record in delivering a quality learning experience.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 6 Modules (there are 4 mandatory modules and 1 optional modules out of a choice of 3 as indicated by *) include:
- Contemporary Issues in the Criminal
- Housing Deprivation & Crime Related Problems
- Youth Offending & Criminal Careers
- Evaluative Methods in Criminology
- Crime, Media & Popular Culture*
- Prisons, Probation & Reintegration*
- Forensic Analysis of Crime Scenes including Blood Spatter*
- Entry Requirements
In order to join this BA (Hons) Criminology (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed with at least a pass mark in FdA Criminology & Criminal Justice Foundation Degree. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.
- How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building.
Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. 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. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
- What can I do next?
Upon completion of the BA (Hons) Criminology (Top Up) you will be ready enter the graduate level job market. This means you are able to apply for graduate management schemes. Typical career routes graduates of the Honours programme include: Probation service, Police Service, Youth Work, Community and Outreach Work, work with charities including Victim Support. These are just some of the career routes that graduates take. You may also choose to progress to Masters level study.
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Criminology (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.