Key features of the Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies at The Open University UK
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
Skills for career development
You will be introduced to skills for critically analysing everyday understandings of crime and how the criminal justice system operates. You will also develop the skills needed to critically analyse aspects of human behaviour, and some of the principles of forensic psychology and counselling. Alongside these you will build on some transferable general skills which may further help work or your career prospects, including:
identifying and understanding some kinds of data and information
applying your learning to some practical issues
reflecting on your own learning
developing strategies to update your knowledge
communicating and presenting coherent arguments.
This diploma is relevant to a range of career paths, some of which are listed below. Some relate directly to criminology and psychology, others draw upon other skills which you will acquire. This diploma does not guarantee entry to the career fields listed, but it may ease access and increase your employability in relation to them, and it enhances prospects for progression once you are qualified to enter them.
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
Part time – 4 years Full time – 2 years Time limit – 12 years
There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.
This qualification begins with the module Investigating the social world which builds a solid foundation for further study. Although it’s an introductory module, to get the best from it you’ll need some basic study skills at higher education level.
This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!
Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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