FD in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Examine how crime is defined, perceived as a problem and managed in modern society. Our Foundation Degree looks at the widespread and growing interest in crime, the nature of crime in society, theories of crime and the nature/function of the main criminal justice agencies.
This Foundation Degree is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • UCAS Code
    • Awarded By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      £9250 (student loans available)
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 4 & 5
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    In partnership with UCLAN

    Year 1 Modules include:

    • Crime and Society
    • Key Thinkers in Criminology
    • Introduction to Criminal Process & Procedure
    • Substance Misuse & Crime
    • Criminal Extremism
    • Crime and Morality.


    Year 2 Modules include:

    • Doing Social Research
    • Serial Murder
    • Critical Thinking in Criminology
    • Criminal LawUnderstanding Policing
    • Controversial Issues in Prisons.
  • Entry Requirements

    80 UCAS points taken from:

    • a minimum of 2 A Levels at Grade A*-C.
    • a National Diploma/Extended Diploma at Grade MMP.
    • an NVQ in a relevant subject.
    • an Access to Higher Education Diploma at Pass.

    All applicants will additionally require GCSE English at Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent.

    Although not a requirement for this course, GCSE English and maths at Grade A*-C/ 9-4 may be a requirement for progression to some careers.

    You may also qualify for the course if you have other qualifications or relevant life or work experience.

  • Progression Pathway

    Foundation Degrees are recognised qualifications in their own right, equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. Many of our graduates choose to top-up their Foundation Degree to a full Honours degree by applying to the final year of the following degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan): BA (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice.

    If you wish to progress to an alternative university, you are strongly advised to research the entry qualifications required for your chosen course prior to enrolling at Runshaw College.

    Employment prospects are varied and the transferable skills developed on this degree open up career opportunities in a diverse range of settings. Many criminology and criminal justice graduates pursue careers in crime prevention; including work with offenders and potential offenders, social inclusion and law enforcement. Opportunities also exist in crime analysis and research, within charities and in the private sector. These are just a few samples of the career opportunities available:
    • Criminal Justice System
    • HM Courts & Tribunal Service
    • Youth Offending Teams & Youth Justice
    • Crown Prosecution Service
    • Crime & Disorder Partnerships
    • Criminal Justice Social Work
    • Police
    • Prison Service
    • Probationary Service
    • Victim Support
    • National Crime Agency
    • National Offender Management Service
    • Community & Voluntary Organisations
    • Drug & Alcohol Services
    • Local Government
    • Civil Service
    • Private Security
    • Border Agency
    • Research & Journalism.

  • Programme Specification

    The Programme Specification is the formal document that is Approved by the University of Central Lancashire. It sets out the key elements of the course on which Approval is based. Click below to view the Programme Specification.

    FdA Criminology & Criminal Justice – Programme Specification

  • Teaching & Assessment
    Scheduled Learning Independent Learning Types of Assessment
    Written Practical & Coursework
    Foundation Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice Year 1 30% 70% 33% 67%
    Year 2 30% 65% 9% 91%