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Overview

As well as developing subject-specific expertise around crime, deviance and control, you'll improve your intellectual and critical skills and get expert teaching from leading academics from the University's Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.

You'll use our virtual learning environment so you can learn at your own pace and combine your studies with other commitments.

After the course, you'll be set for a career in areas such as the police, probation, crime prevention and community safety, security, youth justice, crime analysts and research and victim support.

What you’ll experience

On this Crime and Criminology course you'll:

  • Explore the issues, debates and arguments associated with crime, control and punishment
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Get mentoring and guidance through online seminars in the evenings
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
  • Have optional opportunities to attend the University
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Get a Certificate of Higher Education after 18 months and a Diploma of Higher Education after 36 months, even if you don't complete the full course
  • Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience
  • Complete modules that allow you to qualify for Probation Officer training after the course

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies.

Programme Assessment 

This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

You'll need access to a computer and a Web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework 
  • Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework

Student Destinations

What can you do with a Crime and Criminology (Distance Learning) degree?

When you finish the course, you'll be able to work in areas such as:

  • probation
    • the police
    • crime prevention
    • community safety
    • security
    • youth justice
    • crime analysis and research
    • victim support
    • post-conviction support
    • the courts and legal system

    Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry or support you in getting a promotion. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Part-time
      • Intensity Flexible
      • Duration description

        4.5 years part-time distance learning

    • Credits
      480 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      Online
    • More information Go to the programme website

    Programme Structure

    Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

    In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

    Stage 1 

    Core modules in this stage include:

    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Introduction to Research Skills
    • Studying Criminology
    • Understanding Criminology

    There are no optional modules in this stage.

    English Language Requirements

    You need the following IELTS score:

    • Minimum required score:

      6

      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    General Requirements

    • There are no specific qualification requirements, we will assess your application on its own merits. Applicants may be required to produce a short written artefact to better assist the course leader as to the suitability of the applicant. 

    Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

    Tuition Fee

    UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students and International students – £3,080 per year and £1,540 in year 5 (Fees may be subject to annual increase).

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    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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