BA (Hons) Policing and Criminal Justice Studies (Top-Up)
Start Date: 20th September 2021
More about the course
This Policing and Criminal Justice Studies degree is ideal if you would like to develop a deeper understanding of the police and criminal justice system and are looking to pursue a career in this field. You will be taught by course tutors who have many years' experience working in the sector and will cover aspects of law, criminology and social sciences.
Throughout the degree you will be challenged to explore the changing role of the Police and consider the influence of research on policing practice. You will develop valuable professional skills such as teamwork, communication and your ability to problem solve. This degree is approved by the College of Policing.
A relevant Foundation degree or equivalent.
If you are a current Newcastle College University Centre student and successfully pass your Foundation Degree in a relevant subject, you will be guaranteed a place on an Honours Degree (Top-Up).
A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment.
You will be invited to interview as part of the application process.
What will I learn?
- Police investigations
- Problem Solving
- Digital Policing
- Research Methods and Skills
- Policing the Roads
- Counter Terrorism
How is the course taught?
- Practical sessions
- Guest speakers and visits
- Case studies
- Group work
How am I assessed?
- Practical assessment
- Role plays
You will be supported to find a work placement to develop your professional skills, many of our students volunteer as Special Constables.
Where can I progress?
This degree will equip you with the practical experience and theoretical knowledge now required to join the Police Force as a Police Constable in England and Wales. However, there are no guarantees of entry to a police force on completion of the BA (Hons) Police and Criminal Justice Studies (Top-Up).
Police forces specify their own entry requirements and as a result, the recruitment process differs for each force. Career opportunities include a range of roles in the police, probation, prison service, youth offending, Ministry of Defence Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. You may also choose to progress onto a Masters degree or PGCE if you wish to go into teaching.
Course costs and information
Tuition Fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students is £9,000 per year. Read more about financial support.
NCG (the institution which Newcastle College University Centre belongs to) is in the process of applying for Indefinite Degree Awarding Powers. Read more about what this means about our offer here.
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What can I do with a qualification in Police and Criminal Justice Studies
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- Directs and co-ordinates the operation of record keeping systems and the preparation of reports.
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- Directs and monitors the work of subordinate officers.
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- Liaises with senior officers to determine staff, financial and other short- and long-term needs.
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- Advises on the recruitment, training and monitoring of staff.
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- Works on station reception desk and or in communications room.
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