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University of Northampton

Criminal and Corporate Investigation (with Foundation Study)

UCAS Code: L430

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

D,E,E

Access to HE Diploma

M:0,P:45

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

P3,P3,P3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H4,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

Scottish Higher

B,C,C

or CCCC

UCAS Tariff

64
80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Criminal justice

The Foundation Study Framework programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance, no matter what their educational background.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA (Hons) Criminal & Corporate Investigation, The University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA (Hons) Criminal & Corporate Investigation programme which includes the Foundation Study Framework. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the confidence and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

The Foundation Study Framework provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by Investigators. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Investigative Practice modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One).

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- If you join us, you will experience student life at the University’s new £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

**The Northampton Employment Promise**

- In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that If you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

? terms and conditions apply. See northampton.ac.uk/benefits for more information

Modules

**FOUNDATION STUDY FRAMEWORK:**

You will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study Framework. These are:

• Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides you with an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study.

• Research for Practice – provides you with an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. It will also include an introduction to the academic languages of the subject and the learning experience of degree study.

These modules are delivered concurrently with two Level 4 modules from your programme:

• Theoretical Concepts in Crime Scene Investigation

• Legislation for Policing and Investigators

Upon successful completion of these modules, you will progress to Stage One of BA (Hons) Investigative Practice in which you will receive further support through:

• Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas – focuses specifically on the generation and development of ideas, building the key IT/ literacy/numeracy skill sets required by the course.

In the remainder of Stage One, you will take four further 20 credit modules from the BA (Hons) Sociology.

**STAGE TWO:**

• Crime and Criminal Investigation (compulsory)

• Investigation and Investigating Interviewing 2 (compulsory)

• Academic Development (compulsory)

• The Management of Major Investigations (compulsory)

• Miscarriages of Justice (designated)

• Investigating Serious and Organised Crime (designated)

• Covert Investigations (designated)

• Criminal and Analytical Profiling (designated)

• Contemporary Criminal Justice (designated)

**STAGE THREE:**

• Cyber Crime (designated)

• Independent Study (compulsory)

• Advanced Evidence and Procedure (compulsory)

• The Victims Voice (designated)

• Effective Resource Management and Logistics (designated)

• Employment Investigations (designated)

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

Assessment are varied and consist of:

• presentations

• essays

• assignments

• skills labs

• practical exercises

• reports

• reflective accounts and video presentations

• exams and multiple choice tests.

Paper based assignments are submitted electronically and are returned within 3 weeks.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Health and Society

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Criminal justice

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social policy

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
57%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
25%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social policy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Caring personal services
15%
Protective service occupations
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Criminal justice

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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