Crime and Criminology (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)

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:

  • 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

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.

What you'll study on this:

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

Stage 1

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.

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

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

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

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

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.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Distance Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Access to this course is open to all individuals subject to the approval of the course leader.

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

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