Course Info

Higher Education
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Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:

    4-6 (Degree)

  • Duration:

    3 Years

  • Fees:

    £6,000 per year (subject to change) (International students please refer to separate fees information)

  • Awarding/validation body:

    Subject for validation for 2021/22


Course Overview

This Criminology, Psychology and Social Justice programme will provide you with the skills to understand and assess the dilemmas of crime and justice in contemporary society. Grounded in a broad base of practical knowledge and the applied insights of Criminology, Psychology and Social Justice, this BA Honours degree programme gives you depth of understanding in the fields as well as the subject specialist skills of professional practice needed to succeed in the contemporary economy.

The programme develops your ability to critically engage in key debates within the field, conduct theoretical analysis, and gain the tools necessary to understand the social, psychological, political, economic and cultural contexts of crime, justice, security and disorder.

The programme is designed to produce graduates who have both a theoretical and practical understanding of the disciplines, at not only an individual level but also on a community and global scale.

This opens wide career prospects for graduates both within and outside of the local area. In addition, the degree is an ideal foundation for progression to study at Master’s level, on a programme in any one of the individual disciplines or in a combination of them.

The Programme Leader of this course is a professional member of the British Society of Criminology. After one month of enrolment new students will be able to join the society through our student membership programme, which allows students access to regular e-bulletins and newsletters with information on events, news and vacancies, amongst other things.


Institution Code for University Centre Croydon: C92

Course Code: 2H60

Course Highlights

UCC specialises in providing a supportive learning environment through the course structure and the small group seminars in which you will participate. As part of providing a quality experience for all UCC students, personal tutors play a crucial role in ensuring you get the help, support and guidance you need to succeed.

Each learner has an allocated personal tutor, who will provide academic and personal support in the development of your learning over the course of your time at UCC.

You will receive excellent tuition and academic/pastoral support from those who are actively researching in areas of criminology, psychology, and social justice using innovative teaching methods that are proven to enable adults to learn more effectively.

There are opportunities to evaluate and use empirical evidence in relation to topics such as slave trade and childhood by visiting museums and workshops dedicated to the history of these subjects.

In the Volunteering and Personal Professional Development module you will get the opportunity to apply theory and research skills to a practical situation by working in an organisation dealing with those who are affected by crime.

Placement year opportunity

Students studying for the CPSJ degree have the opportunity to opt for an undergraduate placement after their second year.

This opportunity provides a unique experience for undergraduates to work within the Criminal Justice System and earn a substantial wage whilst doing so. Students will then return to UCC to complete the final year of their degree.

Upon graduation students who have successfully completed their placement year will have already passed their probation period in the prison service and will therefore be able to immediate commence work as a qualified prison officer, if they so choose.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

The aim of the Criminology, Psychology, and Social Justice degree course at UCC is to produce graduates equipped with the critical attributes of flexibility and practised knowledge in order that they may realise their potential as reflective practitioners within public, civil society, and third-sector bodies.

Areas that you could work in include the administration of criminal justice, provision of social care, policing, probation, mental health and allied education, and community support services.

Postgraduate opportunities are varied and could be in any of the fields above through further study of law, psychology, police studies and social policy.


UCC cultivates a scholarly approach early on in the programme by adopting an assessment for learning strategy, where assignments are designed to encourage independent research, peer collaboration, simulations of knowledge production and cognitive elaboration.

The aim of assessment is to promote a culture of knowledge-exchange through the duration of the programme. Therefore, assessment your progress will be varied and via a combination of course work including essays, case studies, seminar presentations, group and individual oral presentations, poster presentations, examination, dissertation, and reflective reviews of placement opportunities.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 80 UCAS points from:

  • AS/A2 level (must include at least one A2) or other equivalent advanced level; or
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma in a related subject; or
  • A pass in a relevant Access to HE qualification; or
  • Other UK/Overseas Level 3 qualifications, recognised by UCC as equivalent to the above.

In addition we require:

  • A pass in English Language at GCSE at grade C or above; or
  • A level 2 Functional Skill English; or
  • IELTS test at band 6.0 or above with a minimum overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening; or
  • Level 2 literacy demonstrated through UCC’s internal assessment procedures; or
  • Another qualification which UCC recognises as equivalent to the above.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required tariff points.

International students would need to have an IELTS score of 6.0.

Application to this course is made via UCAS. For more information about applying to our HE courses, please visit our How to Apply page.


Institution Code for University Centre Croydon: C92

Course Code: 2H60

How To Apply

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