Criminology and Criminal Justice Top-up

BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice is perfect for those seeking a career within the public sector of criminal justice. This course focuses on criminology and provides students with historical and contemporary knowledge of criminology. 

Throughout the course, students will examine a wide range of subjects such as criminal law, psychology, criminology, offender management, and policing, with a particular exploration of law enforcement, administration of justice, mental health and intervention programmes. 

The course will combine the academic elements of criminology and criminal law with the theory and practical and professional skills required to forge a career within the sector. By the end of their studies, students will have the critical thinking and research skills to embark on their vocational pathway.

The course is designed for students who already have an HND or other qualification in a related subject, such as criminology or public services and want to progress further.

Course Length:  1 year;
Start dates:  January / April / August / September;

  • Private detective
  • Crime investigator
  • Crime laboratory analyst
  • F.B.I agent
  • Forensic engineer
  • Police officer
  • Crime intelligence analyst
  • Community corrections coordinator
  • Law reform researcher
  • Regional crime prevention coordinator
  • Consumer advocate
  • Drug policy advisor
  • Environment protection analyst
  • The (Top-Up) course is designed for applicants with a Level 5 qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma, or other equivalents, or have completed the second year of a relevant degree.
  • Applicants must have a relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits in any Business and/or Management related areas.
  • Overseas learners must demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of English language
  • Applicants must attend an interview with a member of the admission team
  • Applicants must bring the original certificates at the moment of registration
  • Global and organised crime
  • Cybercrime 
  • Prison, punishment and rehabilitation
  • Homicide 
  • Green criminology


Teaching methods include a mix of lectures, seminars, group-work and e-learning. 

You will be taught using a practical approach, such as demonstrations, laboratory sessions and tutorials.

Assessment methods include portfolios of work, case studies, research proposals and impact assessments,  case studies and scenarios, portfolios.



After completing your undergraduate degree, if you decide to enhance your career prospects even further, you can apply for a postgraduate Master program. 

For more information regarding progression, please contact Atlantic London.


The Tuition Fee of the course may vary depending on the institution you have chosen, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. 

Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Funds – Student Finance England

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. 

Tuition fee loans, which cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. 

You can apply for a Maintenance loan at the same time, which will help you cover some of your expenses. This loan will be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. 

You won’t have to pay back the loan until one after your graduation, when you’ll earn over a threshold set by Student Loan.  

Students can also apply for other grants subject to availability and eligibility, such as grants for disability, or for childcare costs.

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