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

Key Information
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    Campus: David Game College - London

  • Duration Icon

    Duration: 1 year

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    Mode of Study: 2 days per week (Daytime or Evenings and Saturdays)*

  • Level of Study Icon

    Level of Study: Undergraduate

  • Next Start date Icon

    Next Start date: October 2024

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    Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire

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    UCAS Code: L311

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    Intakes: March & October


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.

You will follow a programme of study designed to develop critical thinking and research skills, and you will complete an applied research project on a topic of your choice.

You will be supported by a personal tutor who will guide you through the programme and help you plan your next steps after graduation.


*This course is delivered two days per week or two evenings and Saturdays. In addition, learners are required to attend a personal tutor meeting twice per semester.

  • Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Admissions Process
  • Course Specifications
  • Assessment
  • Progression
  • Careers
Units Level Credits
Compulsory Modules
Critical Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice 6 30
Applied Research Project 6 30
Green Criminology 6 15
Global and Organised Crime 6 15
Injustice and Freedoms 6 15
Restorative Justice 6 15
Total Credits 120

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

At DGHE, we review applications individually, considering each applicant’s unique circumstances. Whether you hold a UK qualification, possess work experience or have obtained qualifications from overseas, we are open to discussing your application and exploring potential pathways for admission. 

Examples of accepted qualifications 

  • a pass in a BTEC HND in a relevant field 
  • or a Foundation Degree in a relevant field 
  • or other Level 5 UK or Overseas qualifications in a related field 

Non-standard qualifications & Mature applicants 

  • We encourage mature students who are 21 years of age or older to apply. At DGHE, we value mature students’ diverse experiences and perspectives. While some entry requirements may still apply for this programme, we welcome applicants with relevant work experiences and carefully consider each one individually. 

English Language Requirements: 

IELTS 5.5 / 4/C in English GCSE / Functional Skills Level 2 

Students who have studied in a country where English is not the primary language will be required to meet our English Language Requirements. 

However, if you have previously studied a BTEC HND in an English-speaking country, you will be exempt from taking the English test when applying for a Top-up course. 

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

All applicants must first create an online portal account with David Game Higher Education and complete the application form

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. If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme.

Step 3: Arrange an Interview

  • An interview will be conducted with an Admissions Officer or by a member of the academic team. During the interview, the information contained within the application form will be considered.
  • Applicants must demonstrate they have the necessary skills for successful completion of the course, evidence of motivation and the commitment to succeed. If the applicant lives overseas, the interview will be conducted via a video call or by telephone at a mutually convenient place/time.

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

Step 4: Accepting your Offer

  • If the applicant is successful in the interview, the applicant will be sent a formal ‘Conditional Offer’ letter via email from the college. Successful applicants are also required to submit a UCAS application and the Head of Admissions will notify the collaborative partner (i.e. the university) about successful candidates.
  • The University, on receipt of the application, will send an ‘Offer’. This will be ‘unconditional’ if the applicants have met all the requirements.

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

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 (Daytime or Evenings & Saturdays)*

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

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 the necessary qualifications by visiting the corresponding links. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admissions@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347

The assessment strategy is designed to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved and that knowledge and skills are developed.

The following assessment activities are used in 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.

  • We use various assessments, simulations, and role plays as part of the assessment process to address challenging areas of practice. We share with critical friends how students can be supported throughout the course of the programme in their attempts to gain voluntary hours within the sector and how experts from the field will be involved in the delivery of the programme to provide students with real-life scenarios.
  • Small class sizes and individual attention enable us to help students from all backgrounds gain the qualifications needed to maximise their higher education and career prospects.
  • DGHE provides workshops centring on the idea that a learner can build upon their learning through engaging in learning activities relevant to their subject areas.
  • Students are supported throughout their learning to develop their knowledge, skills and values required for future employment. Teaching is frequently based upon an experiential model of learning, enabling students to develop the ‘what,’ ‘how,’ and ‘why’ of practice.

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

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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