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Black Studies (Criminal Justice)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A maximum of three subjects are considered (excluding General Studies). A levels and other level 3 qualifications

AS

A,A-C,C

112 UCAS tariff points A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications. excluding General Studies

Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3. 18 level 3 must be achieved at either merit or distinction grade. In a Social Sciences/Humanities pathway

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language grade C/4 or above or equivalents level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Key Skills level 2:- Communication English Language grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credit at level 5 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and 5. A transcript will be required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.

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

H5,H5,H5,H5

Four subjects This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D*

Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

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

D*D*

Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

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

DMM

Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,D

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C,C

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers

UCAS Tariff

112

Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Ethnicity

Criminal justice

Black Studies is ground-breaking because it puts the experiences, perspectives and contributions of African and the African diaspora at the very heart of university education.

More importantly the aim of the subject is to break down traditional barriers and apply the work we do on campus to improving the conditions facing those who live off campus. In creating the BA (Hons) Black Studies (Criminal Justice) routeway we have taken the strengths of the Black Studies programme and directly applied them to one of the most significant problems facing Black communities.

In Britain, Black people are more likely to be subject to stop and search, arrested, charged, given a prison sentence and even to die in suspicious circumstances after police contact. The situation is particularly bad for young people, where ethnic minorities represent half of all those held in young offenders institutions. None of this is new and there have been decades of campaigns and protests around the injustices in the system. The aim of this degree is to provide the context to understand the issues as well as the tools and experience to work to remedy these major social problems.

You will take Black Studies modules, which explore the history, politics and experience of Black communities as well as examining the issues in society that produce such stark inequalities. Alongside these modules, you will study Criminology-specific modules that explore the basis of, and issues with, the criminal justice system.

You will gain experience of the criminal justice system in the second year placement. You will be encouraged and supported to find your own placement, however the course team is committed to ensuring all students have an appropriate placement. You will also be encouraged to draw on your learning and experiences to create a final year project that is applied to the real world context.

The BA (Hons) Black Studies and BA (Hons) Black Studies (Criminal Justice) courses will share a common first year, with students able to pick their routeway at the end of the first year.

For those interested in working in criminal justice, the issue of race and racism is one of the most important, given the inequalities in the system. The aim is for this degree to provide essential learning that can be applied to future careers in the sector.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Curzon Building Campus

Department:

School of Social Sciences

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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.

86%
med
Ethnicity

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.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

83%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
E

Social policy

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
26%
First year 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.

Sociology

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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

£20k

£20k

£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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