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Crime and Criminal Justice (Hons)

University of Bolton

36 months
12450 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Crime and Criminal Justice (Hons) degree offered by the University of Bolton investigates the approaches applied to crime, deviance and victimisation. Our industry experienced academic staff will support you to develop core skills in working with offenders, crime intelligence, investigation and interviewing, crime scene management, preparing for court and presenting a case profile.


Crime is evolving. New technologies and more complex societal pressures are leading to new criminal activities. The Crime and Criminal Justice (Hons) degree at the University of Bolton is designed to educate future criminal justice professionals. We offer you the deep understanding of the causes of crime, criminal behaviour and how to combat crime that are needed for a career safeguarding the public, supporting victims, protecting the vulnerable, and helping to rehabilitate offenders.

We’ll guide you as you investigate the individual, social, legal and political forces that shape both crime and how it is controlled, as well as the interrelationships between research, theory, policy and practice in criminal justice. Areas such as criminal investigation, multi-agency working, ethics and diversity, the penal system, mental health, human rights, social justice, restorative justice, community safety, poverty, and safeguarding people at risk will be addressed, along with specific crimes such as human trafficking, modern slavery, gender and domestic violence, hate crime and terrorism, youth crime, illegal drug use and anti-social behaviour.

Our academic staff come from a diverse range of professional criminal justice backgrounds. They will encourage and support you to develop the practical skills, academic knowledge, and personal qualities (such as grit and resilience) needed to succeed in this dynamic sector.


  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn interviewing techniques from experienced specialists.
  • We work closely with organisations such as the College of Policing, the Crown Prosecution Service, Public Health England, the Home Office, and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, ensuring our course offers a truly holistic view of crime and criminal justice in the UK and fosters a culture of multi-disciplinary working and information sharing between agencies.
  • If you’re an experienced criminal justice professional, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain modules based on your prior experience or qualifications. Please ask about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
  • The course covers the four knowledge modules required by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) as prerequisites for Probation Officer training. We’ll encourage you to gain the relevant experience necessary, and can advise and support you as you approach potential placement providers.
  • We offer opportunities for you to visit criminal justice workplaces, such as prisons, law courts, police stations and rehabilitation centres so you can gain a first-hand understanding of these environments and how they operate.
  • We work with experienced forensics professionals who have been responsible for training Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCOs) for the police, and offer you the chance to visit crime scene training locations to learn about securing crime scenes and evidence collection and preservation.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these roles include:
  • Magistrate
  • Social work
  • Public health and safeguarding
  • Teaching and education
  • International aid/development
  • Mentoring
  • Health promotion
  • Behaviour management
  • Work with refugee and asylum seekers
  • Advice work
  • Community safety
  • Family support
  • Political research
  • Charity and advice work
  • Human Resources

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice and Academic Development
  • Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy
  • Ethics and Diversity in the Justice System
  • Group Dynamics and Team Working
  • Criminal Investigation Process: Suspect to Sentence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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360 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 112 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Most subjects are acceptable at Level 3 – please contact the programme leader for details. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in any subjects including English.
  • If you don’t have the above qualifications, but possess relevant vocational experience in the criminal justice sector, then we’ll be delighted to consider your application.
  • To successfully complete the course, you’ll be required to undertake voluntary work with relevant organisations. 
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37350 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27750 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.

Living costs for Bolton

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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