Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice

L5 Level 5
Full Time
13 September 2021 — 20 May 2023
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This course is designed to provide you with core knowledge about different areas of Criminal Justice and to show you how these can be applied to different work-related contexts. The employment opportunities in the criminal justice sector are diverse and well established. Over the past decade or so, the sector, particularly the youth justice field, has expanded and now employs large numbers of people who do not have postgraduate or further professional qualifications and therefore there are good prospects in a sector which is professionalising across the board.

What you will study

You will have the opportunity to engage in the development of different skills relevant to employment; including problem-solving, communication and research skills. You will also undertake a placement in a Criminal Justice-related field to both help you with your future employability and to show you how Criminal Justice is applicable in the world of work.
You will study the following modules;

  • Research Methods and Statistics 
  • Understanding Criminal Justice 
  • Criminological Theory 
  • Understanding Crime, Victims and Society 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Mental Health and Well Being 
  • Policing 
  • Legal Systems and Sources 
  • Researching Crime & Criminal Justice 1
  • Contemporary Issues in Substance Misuse 
  • Criminal & Social Justice within the Community

If applying via UCAS please use the following details:
Course Code LM3M, University Code W01, Campus Code  F

Teaching and assessment

Students attend for 32 weeks a year.  The programme is modular in design, with a single module having a Credit Value of 20, representing a notional 200 hours of student effort.   Students will study the equivalent of 120 credits per year. 

Methods of delivery will include lectures supported by tutorials, seminars, practical (laboratory-based) and case studies.  Modules have been designed to encourage increasingly independent learning throughout the years of study. 

Assessment will take the form of course assignments, tests, multiple-choice tests, phase tests, presentations, examinations, projects, dissertations, etc.

Course fee per year

DBS Check: £45.04

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration.
Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:

Typical A-Level Offer - DD
Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass Typical Welsh Bacc Offer - Grade C and DE at A Level
Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes. 
Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent).
A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

13 September 2021

End date

20 May 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

13 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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