Crime and Criminology (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
4.5 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Overview

Whether you're looking to start a career in policing, probation or security, or advance in your current career in these sectors, this BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology distance learning degree course will help you get where you want to be.

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.

Read more about our distance learning crime and criminology degrees in this downloadable leaflet.

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

Careers and opportunities

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.

I found the course to be challenging, interesting and informative. For me it was a positive learning experience and there was a great sense of achievement on completing the course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in criminology.

Ursula Biggins, BSc Hons Crime and Criminology student

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology degree

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.

Modules currently being studied

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.

Core modules in this stage include:

  • Introduction To Criminal Law And Legal Studies
  • Issues In Criminal Justice
  • Issues In Criminology
  • Penology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Context Of Policing

Optional modules in this stage currently include:

  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Frameworks of Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime, Discrimination and Criminal Justice
  • Investigation: Psychology and Law
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Core modules in this stage include:

  • Contemporary Criminologies
  • Dissertation
  • Victimology - Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System

Optional modules in this stage currently include:

  • Contemporary International Policing Systems
  • Corporate Security
  • Counter Terrorism and UK National Security
  • Critical Issues in Public Protection Policing
  • Dangerousness and Dangerous Offenders
  • Gender and Crime
  • Internet Risk and Security
  • Interviewing and Evidence
  • Major Crime Investigation – Success and Failure
  • Organised Crime
  • Private Policing

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

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.

How you'll spend your time

This distance learning course allows you to combine study and work, progressing at your own pace.

How you're assessed

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

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology (Distance Learning) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • Access to this course is open to all individuals subject to the approval of the course leader.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • Access to this course is open to all individuals subject to the approval of the course leader.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

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

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to pay additional travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, of £50–£500 to attend our optional campus induction events and study days.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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