Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies, Graduate Diploma

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies, Graduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Criminology and psychology help make sense of crime, criminalisation, criminals and victims. This Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies qualification at The Open University UK will provide you with a critical understanding of these subjects. As your understanding develops, you'll question to your own beliefs about crime and harm.

About

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

  • Helps you understand how criminology makes sense of crime, harm, social conflict, victimisation and criminal justice
  • Develops your understanding of how psychology helps explain human interaction, conflict, criminalisation and victimisation
  • Builds critical, analytical and communication skills through an original approach to teaching criminology and psychology
  • Enhances your employability in vocational areas, such as the criminal justice system and various social services. 

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

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

  • analysing evidence

  • applying your learning to some practical issues

  • reflecting on your own learning 

  • developing strategies to update your knowledge

  • communicating and presenting coherent arguments.

Career relevance

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part time – 4 years Full time – 2 years Time limit – 12 years

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Investigating the social world
  • Investigating psychology
  • Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary
  • Understanding criminology 

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

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. 

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

  • International Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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