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BA (Hons)Applied Criminal Justice Studies

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
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The BA (Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies includes a compulsory work placement in the third year. This gives students an insight into the practical operation of the criminal justice system.

The placement, alongside the study of modules including drugs and alcohol counselling, youth outreach centres, forensic science, psychological profiling and criminal law, makes this course highly vocational.

The courses are taught by social scientists and humanities lecturers and synthesise theory and practice to produce research-oriented social science and humanities graduates with strong analytical and practical skills.

This is a three-year programme of study. The applied nature of the degree provides you with theoretical knowledge and the ability to understand how this knowledge relates to the practice of criminal justice policy in contemporary society.

Programme structure

The first year introduces the major relevant social science disciplines (social policy, public policy and sociology) and more vocationally-relevant disciplines from the criminal justice field (forensic science). A Learning Strategies module offers you support as you undertake university-level study.

In the second year, you will explore subjects in more depth with, in some cases, greater focus on specific criminal justice areas. This applies especially to law and psychology, where the focus is on criminal law and psychological profiling. A module entitled Policing and Penal Services will develop your understanding of the processes of the criminal justice system. You will also be able to choose options from related fields such as welfare policy or psychology.

All Applied Criminal Justice Studies students are required to undertake a compulsory placement during their final year. This is a three days a week, eleven-week placement working in an agency relevant to the criminal justice field. By this stage of the degree programme, many students are already planning their careers so the placement provides a unique opportunity to sample the work of specific agencies. Examples of placements undertaken are: the police force; Victim Support; resettlement of offenders; the Youth Offending Team; ASBO teams and local Crown and Magistrates’ courts.

In your final year, you will also spend approximately half of your time writing a research dissertation on a subject of your choice from within the broad field covered by the course. This will allow you to conduct in-depth study that is largely self-directed, but with the help and guidance of an individual dissertation tutor. Alongside this, you will also undertake core modules from within the criminal justice field. These will allow you to further develop your understanding of criminal justice policy.

Career opportunities

73% of the 2009 graduates from the BA (Hons) Applied Criminal Justice Studies course found employment, or went on to further study, within six months of graduating.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States