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Develop your interest in criminology and the justice system to an advanced level or gain the qualification you need to start or advance your career in areas such as policing, probation or security on this BSc  Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distance Learning) course at University of Portsmouth

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Develop your interest in criminology and the justice system to an advanced level or gain the qualification you need to start or advance your career in areas such as policing, probation or security on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice course.

Studying by distance learning, you'll examine the causes and consequences of crime and how this intersects with related disciplines such as law, sociology and psychology. You'll also develop the knowledge to assist you with a successful career in a criminal justice profession or for organisations that seek to reform and change the justice system and responses to crime.

Don't worry if you're new to University learning or returning to study after a break – you'll get a grounding in the key academic and research skills you need for studying at degree level.

Course highlights

  • Debate and question contemporary crime, control and punishment and criminal justice system issues such as investigation methods and forms of policing
  • Explore responses to crime from multiple perspectives as you study its relationship with other disciplines including law, sociology, psychology and the history of police science
  • Shape your learning to match your interests or career ambitions with modules covering specialist topics like organised crime, forensic psychology, cybercrime and terrorism
  • Be taught by leading academics from the University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice who are experts in fields such as victimisation, police training and surveillance
  • Gain a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE ) after 18 months and a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) after 36 months, even if you don't complete the full course
  • Have the chance to achieve your degree quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience
  • Study modules that allow you to qualify for Probation Officer training after the course

Careers and opportunities

Crime will unfortunately always be part of society. So there will always be a demand for graduates with the specialist skills you learn on this course.

What areas can you work in with a criminology and criminal justice degree?

With your degree, you can start or advance your career in areas such as:

  • probation service
  • the police
  • crime prevention
  • community safety
  • security
  • campaign and reform groups related to justice
  • youth justice
  • crime analysis and research
  • victim support
  • post-conviction support
  • the courts and legal system

Programme Structure


Core modules include

  • Essential Skills for Criminal Justice Studies (Level 4; 40 credits)
  • Criminal Justice and the Legal System (Level 4; 40 credits)

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General requirements

  • There are no specific qualification requirements, we will assess your application on its own merits. Applicants without relevant Level 3 qualifications will be required to produce a short written artefact to better assist the course leader as to the suitability of the applicant.

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