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Applied Criminal Justice Studies

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: CCC / 96 UCAS points
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: M211
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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The applied nature of the degree provides you with theoretical knowledge along with practical application related to criminal justice policy in contemporary society.

You will develop your understanding of the social and personal aspects of crime, victimisation and responses to crime and deviancy.

The first year introduces you to social policy, public policy and sociology and the more vocationally-relevant forensic science.

In the second and final years, you will develop your understanding of the criminal justice system, before going on to write a research dissertation and undertake a placement in a position relevant to the criminal justice field.


"I organised my own placement in a prison in West Yorkshire working with women. Amazing experience - I got so much from it. Probably one of the biggest things I've learnt since I've been here is actually belief in myself and my abilities. Now I believe I can go and make a difference which is why I want to do a Master's and possibly even further."

Applied Criminal Justice Studies, 2012

Why Bradford?

In the final year you will undertake a compulsory 11-week placement (for which you will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check). Examples of placements undertaken are: the police force; victim support; domestic violence support; drug outreach projects; resettlement of offenders; truancy, bullying and youth support programmes; ASBO teams; and local Crown and Magistrates’ courts.

The placement, alongside the study of modules including drugs and alcohol counselling, youth outreach centres, forensic science, psychological profiling and criminal law, makes this course highly vocational.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: CCC / 96 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff (96) — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Global Society: Local Experiencescore
Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justicecore
Introduction to Forensic and Crime Scene Investigationcore
Introduction to Sociologycore
Learning Strategiescore
State and Societycore
Year 2
Crime and Lawcore
Dissertation Preparationcore
Offenders, Punishment and Changecore
Psychological Profilingcore
Research and Evaluationcore
Crime and the Mediaoption
Youth and Crimeoption
Year 3
Contemporary Criminal Justicecore
Dissertation (Applied Criminal Justice Studies)core
International Perspectives on Crimecore
Work Placementcore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

79% of our 2015 graduates in Applied Criminal Justice Studies found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Some of our placement providers have offered paid employment to our students on the basis of their achievements whilst on placement.

There are opportunities available in local authorities, social service departments, voluntary sector organisations, advice centres, welfare rights, health and housing, the police, the civil and public services, and private organisations. Graduates also go on to further study, teaching and research.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Applied Criminal Justice Studies graduates was £19,957.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.