Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
4.5 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

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) Criminology and Criminal Justice 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 School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

See full entry requirements and 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

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

See full entry requirements and 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

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this 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 sessions with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
  • 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

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

Work experience and career planning

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

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, Criminology student

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. As a distance learning student, you'll study modules worth a total of 80 credits each year. This will be a combination of core modules, worth 40 credits each, and optional modules worth 20 credits each.

A degree is split into three levels (level 4, level 5 and level 6), each made up of modules worth a total of 120 credits. Completing all three levels of this course takes 4 and a half years.

Modules currently being studied

Core modules include

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

There are no optional modules in this stage.

Core modules include

  • Understanding Criminology (Level 4; 40 credits)
  • Questioning Criminology and Justice (Level 5; 40 credits)

There are no optional modules in this stage.

Core modules include

  • Research Methods and Analysis (Level 5; 40 credits)

You'll select two optional modules from the list below (Level 5; 20 credits each)

  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Organised Crime
  • Victimology - Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System
  • Advanced Investigation and Operational Policing
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response

 Core modules include  

  • Contemporary Criminologies (Level 6; 40 credits)

You'll select two optional modules from the list below (Level 5; 20 credits each)

  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Organised Crime
  • Victimology - Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System
  • Advanced Investigation and Operational Policing
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response

Core modules include

  • Dissertation (Level 6; 40 credits)

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.

Academic skills 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

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.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/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)
  • EU students – £3,080 per year and £1,540 in year 5 (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

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 directly (see the 'How to apply' section above) or 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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