Studying at Canterbury Christ Church University has opened my eyes to a whole new field of learning. Not only are the modules well-structured and thought out, they also simulate the working conditions for everyday life as a CSI. The lecturers themselves are approachable and kind mannered, which makes the whole experience enjoyable and rewarding.

Luke

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    Duration:

    3 years

    UCAS code:

    MF94

    Location(s):

    Canterbury
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    Overview

    Take a step towards a career that really makes a difference to people in a society where crime is a part of everyday life.

    Criminologists study crime and criminal behaviour and forensic investigators are key players in investigating and solving crime. They often provide the evidence that ensures that offenders are brought to justice.

    Studying these two subjects together gives you the opportunity to access a wide range of exciting, challenging and remarkable careers in the criminal justice sector.

    This degree allows you to explore the true nature, extent and causes of a range of crime types and the methods used to manage crime and criminal behaviour. You will do this by exploring key criminological and forensic theories and applying them to specific types of crime (e.g. violence, hate crime, terrorism, drug crime and sexual crime). The varied expertise of the teaching staff and our guest lecturers will allow you to explore these themes from a range of perspectives.

    Why study Applied Criminology and Forensic Investigation?

    81% of our Applied Criminology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of teaching on their programme (NSS 2021)
    96% of our Applied Criminology students were in jobs or further study 15 months after completing their studies (Graduate Outcomes survey 2021)

    If you want a career involved in bringing offenders to justice, then this is a great choice. Our Applied Criminology and Forensic Investigation course offers an exciting combination of modules allowing you to study crime and criminal behaviour, as well as exploring crime scenarios and developing skills in our forensics labs, so that you can investigate and solve crimes.

    As you progress in your studies you will use your enquiring mind and a methodical approach to explore key areas of criminology and forensic investigation in depth.

    From crime and criminals to victims and criminal justice, you'll learn about, analyse and research these key areas from a range of perspectives alongside gaining a solid grounding in core areas of forensic investigation, such as crime scene investigation, volume and serious crime scene investigation & accident, disaster and terror scene investigation.

    As you delve into the course, you'll gain a solid grounding in key criminological and forensic concepts, before selecting optional modules covering areas of criminology and forensic investigation that most interest you.

      All about the course

      You'll gain a strong grounding in core criminological themes, concepts, debates and perspectives by studying a range of modules. These could include topics such as crime and social control, psychology and criminal justice, sexual and domestic abuse, victimology and cybercrime. You'll learn how to apply theories to a range of crime problems and understand how they relate to real life problems or scenarios.

      All through the course, you'll build your research skills and cast a critical eye over the processes of criminalisation and crime control, exploring them within wider social, economic and political contexts. You'll also be able to gain valuable work experience to help build your confidence and resilience, and enhance your CV through volunteering, paid work and project work with external partners. This could be in areas such as prisons, the probation service, the police service, victim support and charities.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type

      Grades

      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      104-112
      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and tutorials and you will typically have contact time of around 14 hours per week, supported by additional online materials. Your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

      Key knowledge is provided through lectures, guided reading and online materials, and this is supported by class activities and discussion, which help you to apply theory to real life scenarios and problems. Some teaching is also delivered through workshops which blend knowledge delivery with discussions or activities, as well as helping with key skills development. Teaching sessions are interactive, allowing you to engage with material on a deeper level. Tutorials are available to provide one-to-one support.

      You will have the opportunity to use a range of specialist methods and equipment in our dedicated forensic suite, which includes a workshop and a range of crime scenes. Here you will develop your practical skills in sessions that are designed according to real life scenarios.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you'll have access to a range of resources to help you continue learning through self-study. This typically involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your lecturers will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities, where appropriate, to complete before/after class and they will provide tutorials where necessary to support your learning.

      We also recommend that you set up student study groups and support each other with your studies as research shows that we learn much better in communities.

      A range of additional study skills and employability workshops are available within the University to help you reach your full academic and career potential.

      Each 20 credit module requires approximately 200 hours of learning, of which approximately 50 hours of this is taught class contact time with the remaining being independent study.

      You will study six modules per year and this is typically 1200 hours of study per year (37.5 hours per week).

      The teaching team have academic expertise across a range of criminological issues, including mental health, philosophy and crime, the history of crime and punishment, migration and crime, drug related crime and drug treatment, youth justice and victimology. They are also involved in research activities in these and other areas, and they bring this research expertise into their teaching. Many staff have published in these areas and have practical experience in them too.

      Staff use their research expertise to inform teaching, and they provide you with opportunities to be involved with research to help develop you academically and personally.

      Our criminology staff and students were central to a pilot of the Bystander Initiative, which aims to support students and staff to identify and prevent sexual harassment, assault and coercive behaviour. The pilot was successful, and a modified version of the initiative is now available university-wide.

      Our degree is taught by forensic practitioners who offer an informative, innovative, practical and rigorous course that will open up a vast range of career opportunities for you.

      Niamh SmithSenior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation

      How you’ll be assessed

      Assessments are a core part of the course and each module has 1-3 assessments that contribute to the 4000 word assessment quota. The course is designed to ensure that each assessment is well supported by written guides, study skills sessions and staff guidance and the course provides you with a range of assessment types to allow you to develop skills that are required in forensic professions and opportunities to repeat each assessment type in each year of study so that you can hone your skills. We also provide opportunities for you to gain formative feedback informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark by providing developmental practice assessments or opportunities to gain feedback on assessment plans.

      There are formal or 'summative' assessments during each of the modules and assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, forensic paperwork, forensic statements, portfolios, oral presentations and final year dissertations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark and feedback is provided to ensure that you can improve future assessments.

      Feedback

      The team is dedicated to providing high quality feedback on all assessments to enable you to understand what action you need to take to improve your work/marks. We try to ensure that feedback is student focused and constructive. Tutorials also enable you to discuss your work. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in for all assessments and use a range of feedback methods to meet the needs of our students.

      75% Coursework
      25% Written exams

      Your future career

      Through the study of this course you will have the opportunity to gain the core knowledge and skills required for many criminal justice careers, and transferable to other related careers. Graduates of the course typically secure posts within the police, the prison service, the probation service, youth work, forensic organisations, medical laboratories and third sector organisations working in crime control and victim support.

      Further postgraduate study is also an option and you will be encouraged to make the most of the volunteering and networking opportunities available throughout your degree course in addition to your studies in order to enhance your employability.

      I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help and support in my endeavours to do well in Criminology. I have just received a job offer to train as a Probation Service Officer, which I have accepted.

      Adrian HukinGraduate in Applied Criminology

      Fees

      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,625 £7,250

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Additional Information

      Some of our year two and three modules have prerequisite modules, which you must have studied in a previous year. You will be advised of these when choosing options each year to ensure you make informed choices.

      Professional accreditation

      The Applied Criminology course adheres to and is guided by the Criminology Benchmark Statements, which define expectations as part of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

      Industry links

      We have a range of external criminal justice professionals and other experts involved in the delivery of the course. We work with them to aid course development in order to ensure our degree is current, accurate and relevant to criminal justice employers.

      We actively consult and collaborate with a range of criminal justice and related organisations and these change on a yearly basis, in response to changing operational commitments of these organisations and trends in criminal justice. Collaborations include police forces, the prison service, charities and academics from other higher education institutions.

      Specialist facilities

      The Criminology team have access to the Canterbury Prison site as this is part of the University estate and our students are able to get involved in research and work in this area. In addition, the staff arrange visits and trips to allow students to experience a range of criminal justice settings where operationally possible.

      The forensic facilities include a range of crime scenes, including cars, crime scene rooms, fire scenes and outside scenes and a forensic workshop and range of science laboratories. A wide range of forensic equipment is housed within these areas and the facilities and equipment used depends on whether you study Forensic Investigation as a single or combined honours degree.

      We have a dedicated crime scene facility containing eight internal rooms and two outdoor scenes, a forensic workshop, five science laboratories, an incident room, a Hydra simulation centre and facilities to simulate courtroom scenarios, all with relevant equipment attached. One of our teaching rooms is an old courtroom, attached to the former Canterbury Prison.

      We use our practical experience to generate realistic and complex scenarios to challenge your mind, your skills and the common misconceptions about crime.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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      Duration:

      3 years

      UCAS code:

      MF94

      Location(s):

      Canterbury
      Apply via UCAS

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