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Introduction to Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice Foundation Degree

Congratulations on your offer to study within the department of Service Industries at Barnsley College Higher Education. We are delighted to welcome you on to the FdSc Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice course.

Meet the team

If you have any questions about the course, assessments or teaching please do not hesitate to contact us:

Induction Schedule

Our aim is to ensure that you know what to expect from the course and provide advice and guidance on what you need to prepare for your studies. There will be activities that you may want to get involved in, both across the department and within Barnsley College, and we will let you know more about these when you enrol. Below is the time for enrolment which you are required to attend:


Welcome Event

New and returning students are invited to attend this Welcome Event to celebrate the start of the new academic year! There will be lots of fun activities and information stalls within the theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The event will be fully immersive and students will be able to experience a never before seen type of event within College.

Join us at:

Old Mill Lane Atrium – TBC

Honeywell – Thursday – TBC

Sixth Form Atrium –  TBC

Enrolment Checklist

Proof of qualifications

You must be able to produce certificates to prove that you have achieved the following:

  • GCSE in English, minimum Grade C (or approved equivalent)
  • GCSE in Mathematics, minimum Grade C (or approved equivalent)

Please bring proof of all your qualifications (original certificates) to your enrolment session. You will not be able to fully enrol on the course unless these have been presented and failure to produce these will delay any loan payments, if eligible, being paid.

If you find that you do not have the original certificates, you will need to obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment.

Please check with the school or college you attended for information on contacting the relevant awarding body.

Preparation and Preliminary Reading

It is strongly recommended that you read the following books, which will be used as set texts and will be useful throughout your Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice course:

  • Vecchi, G., Romano, S., & Hasselt, V. (2008). Applications in Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Skills Training. Role Playing,
  • Brookman, F. Maguire, M, Pierpoint, H. and Bennett, T. (eds) (2010) Handbook on Crime. Devon: Willan Publishing.
  • Joyce, P. (2017). Criminal Justice: An Introduction (3rd ed.). Oxford: Routledge.
  • Keene, J (2010) Understanding Drug Misuse: Model of care and control. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan

Study Skills

These books will also be very useful and available in the library at the Church Street campus, though it is recommended that you purchase your own copy of at least one study skills text:

  • Burns, T and Sinfield, S. (2003). Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University. London: Sage.
  • Cottrell, S. (2015). Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. Third edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Internet and Online Resources

Online learning platforms will be delivered through Microsoft Teams, it is crucial that you have a device at home, such as a laptop, in order to access resources and notifications from your lecturers.

Journal Articles

  • Google Scholar – scholar.google.co.uk
  • SAGE Journals – journals.sagepub.com
  • Springer Journals – link.springer.com


Year One Modules

  • Substance Misuse, Crime and Communities – 20 credits
  • Conflict Management – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Academic and Research Skills – 20 credits
  • The Criminal Justice System – 20 credits
  • Crime and Criminal Behaviour – 20 credits
  • Principles and Practice of Self-Development – 20 credits


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