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.
Apply now for September 2020 entry via UCAS.
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) degree we have taken the strengths of the Black Studies course 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.
Students 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 students will take Criminology-specific modules that explore the basis of, and issues with, the criminal justice system. Students will gain experience of the criminal justice system in the second year and be expected to use their learning and experience to create a final year project that is applied to the real world.
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.
This course is brand new and we're just working on getting all the final details together. We'll be publishing detailed information about our new courses on the website over the next few weeks, as well as fees and how to apply. Sign up below and we'll send you an email as soon as more information is available.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
For September 2020 entry we will be operating a ‘gathered field’ approach to applications. This is often used to ensure that the limited number of places available are offered to applicants on merit.
As a result we will be unable to make a decision on your application until after the UCAS deadline of 18:00 (UK time) on 15 January 2020.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels.
GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2019/20|
|A Level / AS Level||BBC at A Level (112 points). A maximum of three subjects are considered. Most subjects accepted including Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking, excluding General Studies.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3, of which 18 Level 3 credits are at merit or distinction grade on a Social Sciences / Humanities pathway. Must also hold GCSE English Language at grade 4 or equivalent.|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma||D*D* combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Excluding Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||DMM (112 points). Excluding Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development.|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Excluding Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||
Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.
If taking the IB Certificate you will need to obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level)||Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||
Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
|Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate||
B plus grades BB at A Level (or equivalent qualifications).
Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas / BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diplomas etc to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points.
|If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 112 points are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.
In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.
|English language requirements 2020/21|
6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.
Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.
For those studying on the BA (Hons) Policing or BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation degrees, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.
Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.
Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career. You will also benefit from facilities across the wider campus including the Parkside and Millennium Point buildings.
Dr Martin Glynn is an experienced and internationally renowned criminologist, educator, theatre director, and dramatist with over 35 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health, and educational settings.