Policing and Security Management pathway

Ready to make a difference? BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (Policing and Security Management) is a degree for those interested in a career in the field of policing or security management. With work-based learning and a range of extra-curricular opportunities, the CCJ course provides you with a platform to pursue your career ambitions. You will benefit from practitioner involvement in teaching and acquire transferable skills that equip you for a career in the criminal justice system and beyond.

Special features

  • Benefit from practitioner involvement in teaching.
  • Stand out from the crowd by making the most of volunteering and placement opportunities.
  • Acquire transferable skills equipping you for a career within the criminal justice system.

Career opportunities

Career destinations include the police service, but also other criminal justice related occupations and the private security sector. Students also acquire transferable skills, equipping them for a career outside the criminal justice system.

Year 1

Develop foundation knowledge of the role of the police service and the wider criminal justice system. Interrogate theories that explain crime, criminality and deviance, alongside gaining an insight into the practical aspects of crime scene management. Participate in volunteering opportunities in a policing context.

Core modules

  • CCJ401 Being a Criminologist
  • CCJ402 Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • CCJ403 21st Century Crime Problems
  • CCJ404 Crime in Context
  • CCJ405 Responses to Crime: A Comparative Introduction
  • CCJ406 Forensic Criminology 1: Police Investigations

Year 2

Examine contemporary policing issues in depth and detail, and develop and apply practical research skills and critical thinking. Gain experience by participating in volunteering opportunities in a policing context.

Core modules

  • CCJ501 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CCJ502 Theorising Crime and Harm
  • CCJ504 Researching Crime and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ505 Criminal Justice in Action: Structure, Policy and Practice
  • CCJ508 Security and Policing Today: Debates and Issues
  • CCJ509 Employability Plus

Optional modules

  • CCJ503 Forensic Criminology 2: Social Investigations
  • CCJ507A Inside Knowledge: Crime and Justice in the 21st Century

Year 3

Complete your independent researchbased dissertation on an area of policing that is of interest to you. Study specialist policing and criminal
justice-related topics. Take part in a policing-related work-based learning module and benefit from a range of extracurricular policing-related

Core modules

  • CCJ601 Criminology and Criminal Justice Dissertation
  • CCJ604 Security Management
  • CCJ605 Policing Management
Optional modules

  • CCJ606 Systemic Violence
  • CCJ607 Global (In)security and the State
  • CCJ608 Social Change and Justice
  • CCJ609 Social Control, Regulation and the Body
  • CCJ610 Green Criminology
  • CCJ611 Leisure, Consumerism and Harm
  • CCJ612 Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies: Work Based Learning

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