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Criminal Justice with Offender Management

BA (Hons)

Work placements

Get practical career experience in relevant business sectors

Networking opportunities

with our partner organisations, such as HMP Dovegate and HMP Stafford

Interview with Serco Group

Available for students who complete the award and meet the criteria

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
21 September 2020
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This is one of the only awards in the country that has been specifically designed to prepare students for work in offender management and community rehabilitation.

This course provides the opportunity to study traditional criminology with the additional option to specialise in penology and offender management. The prison population has doubled in size over the last twenty years and critics argue that offender management has never been so challenging.

This course provides exciting new modules for people interested in the justice sector and rehabilitation, however the course offers a pathway for people with an interest in prisons and punishment, mental well-being and offender management. The course is one of the first of its kind to offer modules dedicated to mental assessment for non-mental health professionals and identifying suicide and self-harm.

We provide our students with the opportunity to conduct research in prisons, engage in field trips to local prisons and enjoy teaching sessions delivered by experienced prison staff. You elect on how you can contribute to achieving a reduction in prisoner re-offending rates and contribute towards research on driving down levels of violent incidents across the entire custodial estate.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Criminal Justice with Offender Management

Course content

Course tutors take a practical approach and combine academic research with analysis. We will arrange for you to interact with our partner organisations, such as HMP Dovegate, HMP Stafford and HMP Drake Hall. Prison staff will take an active role on the course, delivering lectures and feedback; providing the perfect opportunity to develop vital work-based skills.

We encourage you to think about why people break the law and what the state does with them. You will apply criminological theories to workplace settings such as prisons or community rehabilitation services.

Our course will be one of the first in the country that has modules covering topics such as serial killers and child abuse as stand-alone modules.

Many of our modules will be delivered in conjunction with the School of Life Sciences and Education and will address the demand for people in the industry who are required to be alert to these phenomena. All students who successfully complete the award and meet additional criteria are guaranteed a job interview with Serco Custodial Services.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically, many modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Crime In Context 30 credits
Discovering Qualitative Research Methods 15 credits
Introduction To Crime And Crime Prevention 15 credits
Introduction To Project Design And Research Practice 15 credits
Law And Society 15 credits
Media, Representation And Society 15 credits
Offender Management 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Contemporary Policing 30 credits
Crime Prevention 30 credits
Criminology 30 credits
Identifying Risk Of Suicide And\Or Self-Harm 15 credits
Research Project 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Child Abuse 15 credits
Criminal Justice And Punishment 30 credits
Dissertation 30 credits
Mental Health Assessment For Non-Mental Health Professionals 15 credits
Punishment And Penology 15 credits
Serial Killers 15 credits



Many of our graduates have gone on to secure roles in the justice sector, HM Prison Service, The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, Ministry of Justice, Civil Service, National Probation Service, community justice, community rehabilitation, policing, and The National Crime Agency.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught by experienced lecturers with previous experience of working in the justice sector. You will also be taught by serving prison staff and visiting experts and get the chance to speak to prisoners about their experiences. All these provisions are designed to enhance your employment opportunities in the sector.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, role play, reports, portfolios, presentations, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through the course you will be receiving informal and more detailed feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in seminars or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to understand your subject better.

Feedback is not just the marks at the end of a module – it could regular verbal advice about your work, perhaps as you develop a portfolio of work, comments made by tutors or fellow students in group discussions or the written comments on your work.


You will be taught by experienced practitioners who have worked in the justice sector. Members of the team have taught prison officers and work in partnership with staff at prisons in the Midlands. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Louis Martin
Louis MartinCourse Leader – Criminal Justice with Offender Management

I have worked for Derbyshire Constabulary before becoming Head of the Roads Policing Unit and Detective Inspector for Derby City Centre.

My areas of expertise were homicide investigation, suspicious deaths and Criminal Justice.


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For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

Danielle Hackett
Criminal Justice with Offender Management

What I enjoy most about the course is that you’re not just sitting in a lecture theatre all of the time being spoken to. You’re actually out in the field gaining experience, you’re very practical, visiting prisons and having prison officers and governors come in and speak to us.


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
21 September 2020

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