The way society and governments experience and deal with crime is an increasingly high-profile issue. This degree, the only one of its kind in Scotland, will prepare you for employment in a range of occupations including the police and prison service, criminal courts and the fiscal service.
- Level 7 in Paisley
- Levels 8-10 in Lanarkshire
SQA Highers: BBBC including English or relevant alternative
GCE A-Levels: CCC including English or relevant alternative
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBBC2 including English or relevant alternative
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4, at HL)
SQA HNC: Social Science, Social Studies
SQA HNC: Social Sciences; Social Studies; or relevant discipline (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND: Social Sciences; Social Studies; or relevant discipline
SQA HND: Social Sciences; Social Studies (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
Criminal Justice is the study of concepts, structures,
organisations and processes involved with the prevention, investigation and
prosecution of crime, the workings of the criminal law and criminal court
system and the treatment of offenders within society.
Guest speakers also form part of the programme to further deepen
your understanding of the subject. Inspector Keith Jack from the Violence
Reduction Unit and Inspector Patrick Murphy from the One Glasgow Reducing
Offending Team have recently spoken to students. The programme recently ran a
Criminal Justice Employment Information Day which was attended by the Scottish
Prison Service, Police Scotland, SACRO, Victim Support and Turning Point
A grounding in the nature of criminal justice and an appreciation
of the interdisciplinary disposition of the subject area. In previous sessions,
modules have included Introduction to Scottish Criminal Justice and Criminal
Law, and the History of Crime and Justice.
Study of theoretical disciplines and the role of research is
complemented by subjects including deconstructing crime, the politics of
criminal justice and investigating the social world.
Core modules will enhance your understanding and analytical skills while emphasising a more applied and critical approach to issues in criminal justice. Modules include Penology and Prisons, and Policing and Youth Justice. Other options include the Economics of Crime and Justice, Introduction to Forensic Science, and Youth and Gang Violence.
Core modules will deepen your evaluative and critical skills and
your ability to conduct research through a dissertation. In previous sessions,
modules have included Crime as Social Harm, Comparative Criminal Justice, and
Security in a Global Age.
Graduates work for the police and prison services, as well as the
criminal courts administration and the Fiscal Service. Community justice
provides work opportunities in sectors related to restorative justice and
mediation, community safety and working with offenders, victims and witnesses.
The private security industry has a demand for managers with a knowledge of the
criminal justice system especially in the area of fraud detection and internet
It is possible for students to undertake a two-week exchange
programme with Washburn University in Kansas, University of the West of Florida
and Florida Pacific University. Opportunities exist for students to study in
the EU through the Erasmus+ Programme.