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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (Top-up)


BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (Top-up) programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. 

The university is proud that 95% of Gloucestershire graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (University of Gloucestershire DHLE 2016/17).

The course is designed for students who already have a Foundation Degree, HND, or other qualification in a subject such as criminology, uniformed public services or criminal justice, and who want to follow a programme of study that takes specialist knowledge and skills to a level relevant for a graduate career in this area.

All students will follow a programme of study designed to develop your critical thinking and research skills, and you will complete an applied research project on a topic of your choice. You will also select four optional modules from a list that is likely to cover topics in policing, restorative justice, homicide, sexual violence, prisons and rehabilitation, and forensic crime scene investigation. You will be supported by a personal tutor who will guide you through the programme and help you plan your next steps after graduation.






Compulsory Modules

Criminal Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice



Applied Research Project




Optional Modules

Green Criminology



Global and Organised Crime



Injustice and Freedoms



Restorative Justice




Note: The BSc (Hons) is awarded on completion of a minimum of 120 credits.


+ Entry Requirements

  • a pass in a BTEC HND; or
  • a Foundation Degree; or
  • a recognised UK or overseas equivalent; or
  • other level 5 qualification in a related field 
  • There will also be the standard English language requirements of IELTS 6 or equivalent.


English Language Requirements:

Students whose medium of study at HND/FdA or equivalent qualification is not English are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency at IELTS: 6.0


+ Admissions Process

The College will ensure that entry requirements are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

Step 1: Apply

Step 2: Upload Documents

All applicants must upload the following documents on the portal:

  • Examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable)
  • Your CV
  • One written reference from an employer or place of study
  • A copy of your passport
  • A 400-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the College and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • Photo (Passport style picture)

Note: If you are not able to submit the documents online you can bring them into the college and a staff member can do it on your behalf.

Step 3: Arrange an Interview

  • Applicants will be subject to a personal interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • Arrange an appointment to visit DGHE to present certain original documents and attend an interview. You can do this via email admissions@dghe.ac.uk or via telephone 02032200347
  • Applications can also be submitted in person at our DGHE campus. Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Note: All applicants must present original examination transcripts on the interview day.

Step 4: Accepting your Offer

  • Selection will be considered in the light of previous qualifications, past experience, and future aspirations
  • If you are successful in the interview, you will receive a formal 'conditional offer' issued by the college.
  • In order to receive your 'unconditional offer' from Bucks New University, you must satisfy any outstanding conditions and submit your application via UCAS.

Note: The university acceptance process could take up to 3 weeks so we will appreciate your patience.


+ Course Specification

Once you have been approved by DGHE Admissions, you can apply through UCAS by visiting the UCAS website.

UCAS course Information

Course code: L311

Institution code: G50

Campus Name: David Game College

Campus code: D

Course Duration: One year, full time

Course Delivery: 2 days per week 

Course Fees: £9250 (Loans available from Student Loan Company)

Course Start Date: 07th March 2022

Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire 

Note: UK/EU students may be eligible for study loans/grants from the Student Loans Company. This support can help finance both your studies and day-to-day living expenses (depending on the course level). You can find more information related to Student Finance and EU students by visiting the corresponding links. For more information, please contact the admissions team at info@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347


+ Assessment

The assessment strategy is designed to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved and that there is a development of knowledge and skills.

The following assessment activities are used on this programme:

  • Essays
  • Research Proposals and Impact Assessments
  • Case Studies and Scenarios
  • Portfolios

In addition, students will be expected to undertake formative assessments, including presentations, guided learning tasks, and seminar participation.

+ Progression

On successful completion of the Level 6 course, students are entitled to continue their studies at a post-graduate level, which includes pursuing a Masters in an area.

+ Careers


Graduate opportunities include roles in the:

  • the police service
  • prisons, probation and border control
  • victim support organisations
  • intelligence analysis
  • public authorities.


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Last updated: 20/09/21