2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Criminal Justice

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

M291

Points required:

112

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

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Why study Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Taught by lecturers with frontline experience and international reputations for research and writing
  • Visits to courts, prisons and local agencies to see the criminal justice system in action
  • Wide range of career paths, from police to prison officer to drug support worker
  • Highly vocational course with opportunities for volunteering and work placements
  • Dedicated careers advisor and graduate development centre to help you search for employment
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

About your course

The BA (Hons) Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University is informed by extensive links with criminal justice system practitioners and delivered by expert academics with frontline experience.

If you are interested in the causes and consequences of crime and want to pursue a career in the criminal justice system, this course offers a practical and vocational route to working in spheres such as policing, probation, prisons, youth justice or drugs and alcohol. The fascinating field of deviance, delinquency and criminality is ideal for anyone who wants to get to the root of why people commit crime and how society deals with them.

 

Your studies focus on ‘the now’ and you will critically consider key contemporary criminal justice issues within modern British society. You will be able to see the criminal justice system in action by visiting courts, prisons and a variety of criminal justice agencies, by undertaking fieldwork or work placements and by being actively encouraged to seek out voluntary work.

"I started the Criminal Justice course with no prior study or experience. I can’t emphasise enough how much it has changed the person I am today – I am much more open-minded, and it has really challenged me to view things from a different perspective. I always thought I wanted to go into the Police Service however, I now want to help people stuck in the ‘Justice’ system and actually helping them break the cycle of the revolving door in and out of criminal justice."

Lori Eagle, BA (Hons) Criminal Justice graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

This BA (Hons) degree will open the door to a wide range of career paths linked to criminal justice.

Career opportunities in the criminal justice field are wide and varied and recent graduates are working as: 

  • police officers
  • community support officers
  • trainee probation officers
  • probation service assistants
  • arrest referral and bail support team workers
  • drug and alcohol support workers
  • prison officers
  • social workers
  • youth workers
  • victim/witness support workers

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Crime, Law and Criminalisation I
20 credits

This module aims to provide a critical discussion of the basic substantive criminal law (in terms of relevant case and statute law), but also aims to relate the substantive criminal law to its application in the criminal justice process in practice, as well as to its socio-legal context in wider society. You will be able to provide an understanding of the basic principles by which responsibility in the criminal law is assessed, and the socio-legal context underpinning these principle through lectures, workshops and online activity. 

History of Crime and Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module introduces you to the history of crime and crime control. It aims to provide you with the historical background essential for an understanding of contemporary criminal justice, and examines the historical context for current criminological debates. The module encourages you to begin to think critically about the history of crime and criminal justice and provides an introduction to historical sources and methodology, as well as an analysis of the background to contemporary debates.

Criminal Justice System
20 credits

The module aims to explore the criminal justice process in England and Wales. You will learn about: police powers, including the power to stop and search; crime control and due process models of policing; sentencing and punishment.

Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module will provide you with an understanding of historical and contemporary criminological theories and highlight how these have shaped and influenced the modern day criminal justice system and responses to crime and deviance.

Media, Public and Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module introduces you to the relationship between the media, the public and issues of criminal justice. It will demonstrate how the media influences 'common sense' assumptions and political decision making around crime and justice. It will also highlight the importance of 'the public' in the contemporary criminal justice sphere. You will develop a fundamental understanding of the interactions and relationships that exist between the media, the public and issues of crime and justice.

Personal and Academic Development In Criminal Justice
20 credits

In this module you will develop your academic skills in writing and critical analysis. The module will develop your awareness of sources of information that are presented using a variety of media. Through the development of team working skills you will also have an improved understanding of the court system in England and Wales.

Level 5

Core modules

Injustices in a 'Just' System
20 credits

This module will encourage you to critically reflect on the concepts of injustice and justice, inequality, poverty, power and powerlessness. You will be encouraged to think about how these concepts impact on the experience of people processed through and experiencing the system of justice.

Decision Making in Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module will build on your knowledge of the decision making process in criminal justice in England and Wales.

Professional Development in Criminal Justice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to develop self-awareness and identify skills to improve their employability in criminal justice and allied areas. You will also gain an understanding of the relationship between theory, policy and the experience of practice in various criminal justice agencies.

An Introduction to Penology
20 credits

This module allows you to pursue a more in-depth study of two of the main criminal justice institutions, Prison and Probation services. The design and delivery surrounding their administration has remained the subject of intense debate and controversy throughout their history. Therefore, you will be encouraged to critically engage with these debates taking into consideration the theory, policy, and practice which surrounds community and custodial interventions.

Criminal Justice Policy, Practice and the Evidence Base
10 credits

This module provides you with a critical awareness of how policy has developed in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. You are introduced to the theories and concepts of policy formation and you will consider case studies of the creation, implementation and delivery of criminal justice policy across the sector. The module will help you develop your critical thinking skills in reflecting upon the impact of criminal justice practice. The sessions will discuss all key institutions within criminal justice work – the police, probation, prisons, youth justice, and courts – and engages with significant pieces of policy and legislation that continue to shape how the criminal justice system functions.

Victimology
20 credits

The overall aim of this module is to develop a more meaningful understanding of victims of crime and to critically explore their role and experiences within the criminal justice system. You will develop a critical appreciation of the conceptual development of victims and victimology as an academic discipline and also evaluate the notions of victimhood and explore challenges for victim service provision.

Criminal Justice Research
10 credits

This module covers the range of research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, used within criminal justice and the researching of crime. You will be provided with an overview of the development of research and evaluation within criminal justice in the last 50 years, and why it is so important. The course allows you to consider the practical and ethical considerations in research, and allows you to develop skills in producing a literature review and research proposal for an original project.

Level 6

Core modules

Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Probation
20 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your learning and understanding of penology building on the introductory course at level 5. You will be given the opportunity to critically evaluate and consider contemporary issues in penology with a clear focus on the theory, policy and practice which surrounds community and custodial interventions.

Optional modules

Youth Justice
20 credits

This module will provide you with a critical understanding of the position of youth in society today, the relationship between youth and crime, and the range of ways in which criminal justice responds to youth crime in England and Wales. It will provide you with knowledge of the past and current policy and legislation relating to young people. You will have the opportunity to develop practice skills of assessing seriousness, suitability and risk assessment in relation to offences and sentences for young people, as well as oral presentation skills by preparing and completing the module's assessed presentation.

Substance Use, Society and Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of the sociocultural place of substance use. It will investigate different paradigms and perspectives on substance (mis)use and explore relevant drug policy. The module will also seek to provide a comprehension of how we practically respond to substance use via treatment interventions.

Dissertation
40 credits

The dissertation module requires you to select a problem or issue within criminal justice, to locate this within existing literature, and to conduct independent research generating data which forms the basis of a written thesis. You will be allocated an individual supervisor and support will be available throughout the process.

Regulation, Harm and Victimisation
20 credits

Within this module, you will be introduced to the area of governance, regulation and regulatory bodies in the context of non-conventional harm and victimisation. You will also be able to critically investigate non-conventional harm and victimisation and explore and apply concepts such as regulation, accountability and justice.

Comparative Criminal Justice
20 credits

The overall aim of this module is to examine the practices, policies, and philosophies of criminal justice in different cultural and geographical contexts and provide an overview of different types of criminal justice systems around the globe. This module will therefore provide a critical understanding of the development of alternative justice processes across the globe.

Crime, Risk and Dangerousness
20 credits

The module aims to develop an understanding and appreciation of the development of risk and dangerousness. You will locate these developments within the broader development of criminal justice, public protection, and victim-centred approaches.

Contemporary Issues
20 credits

The module aims to develop your understanding by looking at issues that are current and relevant in policing today. It will specifically cover public order and protest, human trafficking and intelligence and security.

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
20 credits

In this module you will examine the key concepts in relation to terrorism and explore a number of key issues including definitions of terrorism, ideologies, typology, group structures, tactics, methods of operation, target selection, state response, use of technologies, funding and media impact. You will also explore the concept of, and delivery of, counter terrorism initiatives with a focus on the measures being adopted within the United Kingdom, drawing on comparative counter-terrorism strategies from the US and Canada.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies.  Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

You will spend around 12 hours per week in the classroom, and around 25 hours working independently, including three hours preparing for each lecture and tutorial, two hours for each of your module assignments, and volunteering time. As the course progresses, the modules become more focused on preparing you for work in the criminal justice system and in your final year you will be able to specialise in the areas that interest you most, whether they be vocational or more abstract topics.

Work-related Learning

The second year ‘Professional Development in Criminal Justice’ module, for instance, includes mock job interviews and CV writing assessments, and in your final year you get the chance to perform real-life fieldwork or secure work placements in your own area of interest.

We also strongly encourage you to seek out voluntary work at all stages of the programme, as the experience will significantly enhance your CV and put you in a strong position once you start to compete on the open job market. A member of staff will advise you about specific work-related opportunities and act as a link mentor, liaising with local organisations on your behalf. 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

Our staff are committed to making sure you get the most out of your three years at LJMU and encourage you to come to them for advice and guidance. For example, your personal tutor and module leaders will meet you on a one-to-one basis if you wish to discuss course-related issues or an assessment, and your link mentor will help you to secure a work placement or volunteering position.

There is plenty of support available throughout the assessment process too. On top of the support offered by academic staff, you will be given written guidelines, hints and tips and there will be revision and recap sessions for all modules as well as study support classes.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that every student is unique and may perform differently depending on how they are being assessed, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. They include: group presentations (some pre-recorded and edited by students); assessed teaching sessions led by groups of students; exams (seen/unseen and online multiple choice); written work (essays, literature reviews, reports); and practical assessments (e.g. court reports, mock interviews and CVs).

Once you have completed an assessment, feedback is given within three working weeks of submission, so that you can promptly discuss your marks with your tutor and establish where you are performing well and areas for improvement.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Noel Cross

Dr Noel Cross

Programme leader

I am programme leader for the BA Criminal Justice and LLB Law and Criminal Justice programmes in the School of Justice Studies at LJMU. I have worked at LJMU for 18 years now, having joined as a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in September 2002, before becoming Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader in Criminal Justice in April 2011, and then Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in November 2019

I am very interested, in both teaching and research terms, in how the criminal law is applied in criminal justice practice, and in philosophical debates on the form and functions of criminal law.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Justice Studies is a leading provider of education in Policing Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice. We provide specific training for policing students wishing to enter the service as a graduate recruit. The John Foster Building has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives 24 hour access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
 

Will I be interviewed?

Mature or non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn issues of crime, criminality, criminology and criminal justice. This course is designed to relate relevant theory to practical knowledge and experience in order to provide the skills for future employment in a criminal justice related field.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.